|Information Statement for the Research Project: An Aboriginal Cultural Safety and Security Framework for NSW Hospitals
Document Version ; dated [06/09/18]
You are invited to participate in the research project identified above which is being conducted by Dr Ann Taylor and PhD candidate Elissa Elvidge from the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle; Professor Yin Paradies (Deakin University) and Professor Rosemary Aldrich (University of Newcastle). The research is part of Elissa Elvidge’s PhD at the University of Newcastle, supervised by Ann Taylor.
Why is the research being done?
The purpose of the research is to learn more about Aboriginal people’s experiences in hospitals and to develop ways for hospitals to make people’s experiences more positive.
Who can participate in the research?
We are seeking Aboriginal people who are current or recent (in the last 12 months) patients in a NSW hospital to take part in the survey.
What would you be asked to do?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a short online survey or paper survey (you can choose how you would like to do it) about your hospital experience that takes around 10- 20 minutes to complete. Some examples of the questions in the survey include:
• In the last 12 months, how often did hospital staff listen carefully to you?
• How often did hospital staff spend enough time with you?
• How often did the receptionists at this hospital treat you with courtesy and respect?
What choice do you have?
It is entirely your choice if you would like to do the survey and whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you in any way. If you do decide to take part in the survey everything that you say will be completely confidential and you can decide to stop it at any time.
What are the risks and benefits of participating?
We understand that for some people going to hospital can be a very negative, stressful experience and that talking about your experiences could be very distressing. If doing the survey makes you feel distressed or upset it might help to talk to a counsellor. Free telephone counselling and support services are available from Lifeline on 131 114 or The Mind Spot Clinic on 1800 61 44 34.
How will the information collected be used?
The information collected during the surveys will be used as part of the fulfilment of Ms Elvidge’s PhD at the University of Newcastle. You can get a copy of the research results when they become available by e-mailing researcher email@example.com
What will you need to participate?
You can complete the survey on paper, online or over the telephone it’s up to you. If you would like to do it online you can use the researcher’s iPad or your own device (phone, laptop or tablet). If you would like to do the survey over the phone all we need is your name and a phone number that we can call you on. Just let the researcher know how you would like to do it.
Please read this Information Statement and be sure you understand its contents before you agree to participate and begin the survey. If there is anything you do not understand, or if you have questions please don’t hesitate to ask or email the researcher firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for considering this invitation.
Dr Ann Taylor
Chief Investigator/ Supervisor
Ms Elissa Elvidge
Complaints about this research
This research project has been approved by the Hunter New England Local Health District Research Ethics Committee, Reference No: 16/05/18/4.09. Should you have any concerns regarding your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to:
Dr Nicole Gerrand
Manager, Research Ethics and Governance Office
Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee
Hunter New England Local Health District
Locked Bag 1, HRMC NSW 2310
Telephone (02) 4921 4950,