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Dear Colleague,
Our research team is conducting a survey to better understand health professionals’ knowledge, attitudes and practice behaviours regarding advance care planning. 

We are inviting respiratory, practice and palliative care nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers to complete the below survey, this should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey will take you  to only those questions relevant to your discipline.

This survey will be carried out in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. This research builds on studies undertaken by our research team looking at respiratory consultants (Australia & New Zealand) and community nurses’ (UK) views on advance care planning in patients with chronic respiratory disease.

Submitting your completed questionnaire is an indication of your consent to participate in the study and to our results being published in a form that does not identify you. You can withdraw your responses any time before you have submitted the questionnaire. Once you have submitted it, your responses cannot be withdrawn because they are anonymous and therefore we will not be able to tell which one is yours.

If you have concerns about the research that you think I can help you with, please feel free to contact me on or 0406 876 587. If you would like to talk to someone who is not connected with the research, you may contact The Manager, Ethics Administration, University of Sydney: Telephone: +61 2 8627 8176, Email:

If you experience distress from any content discussed in this survey, then please contact us and we will locate a counselling service in your local area.
Your contribution is most appreciated.

Kind regards

Dr Rebecca Disler | Senior Lecturer in Chronic Disease | The University of Sydney
Email: | Tel: 0406 876 587

Dr Natasha Smallwood | Respiratory Physician Department of Respiratory Medicine | The Royal Melbourne Hospital
A/Prof Louis Irving | Respiratory Physician Department of Respiratory Medicine | The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Prof David Currow | Palliative Care Physician Flinders University | Adelaide

Yuxiu Cui will be analysing the study results as the basis for her degree of Bachelor of Advanced Nursing (Honours) at The University of Sydney. This will take place under the supervision of Dr Rebecca Disler.