What will I be asked to do if I agree to participate? You will be asked to complete a survey that takes 15-25 minutes to complete. The survey has six sections: Your health and wellbeing; Your intimate relationships; Your employment and other impacts; Your use and experience of community service; Your strengths and needs; and Information about you.
You may choose to answer some, none, or all, of the questions. The most sensitive questions in the survey are about abusive behaviours that may have happened to you in your relationships with others, including as a child. There are also questions about ways you might have acted towards a partner that may have made them feel uncomfortable or afraid. There are people who can support you if participating in the survey contributes to any feeling of distress. They are listed under ‘Support Services’. We recognise that some of the questions in the survey may be confronting. We really appreciate the time and effort involved in participation. All of the questions in the survey are there because we think they will inform better future support for nurses, midwives and carers who have health and wellbeing issues and/or issues of violence or abuse in their relationships.
You may complete the survey on any internet connected device, including a smart phone or tablet if that suits you better than a personal or work computer. You can exit the survey at any point and return to it later via the survey link in an email you have received inviting your participation or a survey link on these web pages. Your responses to the survey will be saved as you go, however, you will only be returned to where you left off in the survey if you return click on a survey link using the same electronic device that you started the survey on.
What will happen to my answers? All information you provide is anonymous. Researchers at the University of Melbourne are collecting survey data and all findings from the project will be presented to the ANMF in anonymous form. The ANMF will not know whether you participated in the survey or not and there is no way for your identifying details (like your email address) to be linked with your survey data. Because the survey responses are anonymous, you will not be able to choose to withdraw your responses after you have submitted them. At any point before you submit your responses you are free to choose to not submit them, and there will be no repercussions from this. Any data you have submitted through the survey will be analysed as part of a large data set. The Health, Wellbeing and Relationships Project researchers at Melbourne University will analyse the data and they will not know your identity, nor more generally, know the identity of ANMF members.
What are the possible benefits?
We cannot promise that the project will be of direct benefit to you, but we hope that the information you provide will go towards building a picture of how ANMF members can best be advocated for and supported. As a result of this project we hope to make improvements for ANMF members and we think the outcomes of this project could be relevant to the broader community locally, nationally and internationally.
What are the possible risks?
There is a small risk that you may be upset by some of the questions in this survey. We have put a lot of time and thought into trying to minimise any potential impacts of taking the survey. There are many services in place that you can call should you need support. Their numbers are listed on these project webpages and there is a link to them in the survey.
We recommend that you complete the survey in private due to the sensitive nature of some of the questions. If you do have concerns about your safety, please choose a safe place to complete the survey. Remember, sometimes people can see your browsing history, so ensure your access is private (ie. you can complete the survey in an ‘incognito’ internet window – however please note that you cannot return to an unfinished survey where you left off when completing the survey in this mode). Should you need it, the survey has a ‘Quick Exit’ button which will take you to a blank google search page (ie. google.com).
If you have any concerns or questions about the project, you can call a member of the Melbourne University Project team on (+61) 410881961.
Do I have to take part?
No. Participation is completely voluntary. You are able to withdraw at any time without explanation or prejudice and any unprocessed data will be destroyed.
Will I hear about the results of this project? Upon completion of The Health, Wellbeing and Relationships Project, a report of the findings will be presented to the ANMF and this information will be included in the ANMF newsletter. A short video of the researchers discussing the results will be posted on the ANMF website and a link sent to all ANMF members via routine ANMF correspondence. The researchers hope to present the findings as widely as possible so that you will know about them, this includes at ANMF member conferences and events. In addition, any publications or conference presentations to emerge from the findings will also be announced to all members by the ANMF Communications Department.
What will happen to information about me?
If you participate in the survey, none of the answers you provide can be linked to identifying information about you. The researchers at Melbourne University who will analyse the data will not have access to identifying information about ANMF members, and staff and members of the ANMF will not have access to project data. All of the data that the researchers analyse will be de-identified. All data will be kept secure, in locked storage or password-protected electronic folders at the Department of General Practice, The University of Melbourne. The de-identified research data and records will be kept for a minimum of five years after publication, or public release, of the research. It will then be destroyed in accordance with the university guidelines.
Where can I get further information?
If you would like more information about the project, please contact a member of the project team on (+61) 410881961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who can I contact if I have any concerns about the project? This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of The University of Melbourne. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this project, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Manager, Human Research Ethics, Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or email: HumanEthicscomplaints@unimelb.edu.au. All complaints will be treated confidentially. In any correspondence, please provide the name of the research team or the name or ethics ID number of the research project which is Ethics ID: 1953826.1