Data Collection

Screening for the ARDAC Study involves a significant amount of travel. ARDAC travels from six to eight screening areas per year visiting each area every two years. Our screening trips used to involve visiting up to 15 schools per trip, however, we now mostly conduct screening at Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) or do home visits since most of our participants have left school.

Approximately 100 - 150 participants are screened in each area over a period of two weeks. Two ARDAC team members travel to each screening area, taking a variety of screening equipment including two blood pressure machines, a stadiometer (height), scales (weight), two urine testing machines, medical supplies, testing equipment, a laptop computer, and study paperwork.

All data is stored in a secure location at the Kids Research Institute where individual details are de-personalised prior to being analysed. All irregular results are referred to the participant’s designated health service pending their consent.