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Information Statement 
Click HERE to download a pdf of this Information Statement.
Chief Investigator: 
Ms Amanda Rowe 

B. Social Science (Psychology)(Hons) Candidate 
E: anorto09@postoffice.csu.edu.au


Supervisor: 
Dr Erica McIntyre

Sessional Academic
E: emcintyre@csu.edu.au
P: 0438 448 653


School of Psychology 
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW, Australia.   
                                                 

  
PROJECT TITLE:    How have Australians responded to the COVID-19 health crisis and what influences this response?   
 
You are invited to participate in a research study investigating
Australian adults’ attitudes regarding public health recommendations and strategies during COVID-19 and HOW WELL Australian Authorities have RESPONDED to the COVID-19 health crisis.
Participation is open to anybody aged 18 and over and living within one of Australia’s greater capital cities during the COVID-19 health crisis. 
 
Participation should take no longer than 15 minutes and involves completing an anonymous online survey where you will answer questions about your opinions, experiences and attitudes regarding the State and Federal health authority’s public health recommendations and strategies (such as travel restrictions, and compulsory mask requirements) related to the COVID-19 health crisis in Australia. 
 
You will also be asked some brief demographic questions, health status questions, and about how you access technology to seek information. 
There is no payment or reward for participating in this study. 
 
As a thank-you, you will be invited to leave your email address at the end of the study to be entered in a draw to receive a $50 Eftpos Gift Card. Your email address will be stored separately to your data, deleted after the prize draw, and will not compromise your anonymity. Winners will be notified after the survey closes.
The data collected will be presented in Ms Rowe’s Honours Dissertation and may also be presented at academic conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. The researchers named on this Information Statement may also re-analyse your data later as part of future studies.
Your confidentiality is assured as no identifying information is being recorded and only aggregate data will be reported in results. 
 
Following completion of the study, all response data will be saved anonymously on password protected server where it will be stored securely, and only the investigators named in this statement will have access to it.  
 
Should the findings of the study be published, de-identified/anonymous data (allowing the reported findings to be verified) may be placed in a public data repository. No individual participant will be identified in, or could be identified from, any published report or published dataset from this study. 
 
Participation is anonymous and entirely voluntary. Whether or not you decide to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you. If you do decide not to participate, you may withdraw yourself from the project at any time (prior to submitting your survey data at the end), without reason or consequence. Should you choose to withdraw from this study prior to survey completion, we may retain and analyse any data collected from you up until that point. 
 
Since participation is anonymous, there is no way of identifying your individual data once it has been submitted. It is therefore not possible to withdraw from the study after you have submitted your data at the end. 
 
Due to the nature of the questions, this study could cause mild distress. The survey includes a question regarding your personal experience of illness or illness/loss of loved ones to COVID-19. It is your right to decline to answer these questions and you are encouraged to withdraw from the study should they become upset or distressed.  Should you in any way become distressed, you are encouraged to discontinue participating. If you require support of any kind, please consider contacting your GP, visiting SANE.org (sane.org/get-help), or calling Lifeline 131 114 (Lifeline should be used for urgent crisis support only). 
 
If you wish to ask any questions prior to participating, please contact either of the named researchers above. 
 
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I hereby provide my informed consent to participate in the aforementioned study and confirm that:
·        I have been provided with sufficient time to read the Information Statement and Consent form.
·        I have had the opportunity to ask questions and have had these answered to my satisfaction.
·        I understand that participation is entirely voluntary and that I may withdraw from this study at any time, without consequence or penalty, and without having to provide a reason. 
 
By progressing beyond this information statement, you are indicating your informed consent to participate in this study. You are free to withdraw this consent and stop participating at any time by closing your browser window.

Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start with the survey now by clicking on the START button below.

Based on the guidelines in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research the Committee has APPROVED this research.
Charles Sturt University Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol number: H21175 - Approved until: 23/12/2022)
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