Participant Information Sheet

Thank you for your interest in this survey.

Your time and contribution to this project is much appreciated.

Below is some information about the survey, the researchers involved, who is paying for it and what the information will be used for.

Please click on the 'next' button after you have read this information to start the survey.

If you have any questions or issues with the survey, please contact Jennifer Manyweathers on jmanyweathers@csu.edu.au.

Principal Investigators

Dr Marta Hernandez-Jover* BVSc, MSc, PhD Sr. Lecturer Veterinary Epidemiology & Public Health, Graham Centre Livestock Systems Research Pathway Leader, Charles Sturt University E: mhernandez-jover@csu.edu.au P: (02) 6933 2086
Dr Yiheyis T Maru DVM, PGD, PhD Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Land and Water  E: yiheyis.maru@csiro.au  P: (08) 8950 7129
Co-investigators
Dr Jennifer Manyweathers* Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation & Charles Sturt University
Dr Aditi Mankad CSIRO Land & Water
Dr Barton Loechel CSIRO Land & Water
Dr Rob Woodgate Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation & Charles Sturt University
Assoc Prof Jane Heller Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation & Charles Sturt University

Ms Lynne Hayes  Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation & Charles Sturt University
Ms Heleen Kruger Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences
Students
Honours student Ms Sarah Maher Bachelor of Veterinary Science student Charles Sturt University
PhD candidate Ms Emma Davis  School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University
*student supervisor

You are invited to participate in a research study which aims to understand the animal health management practices and communication and extension needs of goat producers in Australia. Please note that to participate in the research you must be over 18 years old.
This sub project is being conducted by researchers from Charles Sturt University (CSU), Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resource Economics and Sciences and CSIRO, and includes a CSU Honours student and a CSU PhD student. The current study involves a questionnaire.

Before you decide whether or not you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being done and what it will involve. Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.
What is the purpose of this study?
The main objectives of this research are:
1.        To enhance our current understanding of goat producer characteristics and practices, that define the risk of emergency animal disease introduction and delayed detection and reporting, more specifically in relation to behaviour and attitudes towards surveillance.
2.        To identify communication and extension needs of goat producers for improving the management of animal diseases.
Data from this study will contribute to current research on biosecurity and surveillance.
Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
For this study we are seeking the participation of producers who are currently involved in the goat industry.

What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate, you should continue to the end of this information sheet and then proceed to the questionnaire. The areas covered in the questionnaire will include animal husbandry, animal health monitoring, preferred communication methods and information sources. It is expected that the time required to complete the questionnaire is around 30 mins.  Whilst written consent will not be obtained, consent is implied by the submission of your responses.
All researchers, including students, will contribute to this study.
Are there any risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
There are no identified risks to you should you choose to participate in this research. We do however understand that animal health management and biosecurity may be a sensitive topic for some people and assure you that participation in this research is confidential and voluntary.
How is this study being paid for?

This study is part of a subproject of a larger project on improved surveillance, preparedness and return to trade from emergency animal disease incursions using foot and mouth disease (FMD) as a model. This project is supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program, and by producer levies from Australian FMD-susceptible livestock (cattle, sheep, goats and pigs) industries and Charles Sturt University, leveraging significant in-kind support from the research partners.
The research partners for this project are the Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Charles Sturt University (CSU), the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, supported by Animal Health Australia (AHA). The project commenced in July 2016 and will conclude in June 2020.

Will taking part in this study cost me anything, and will I be paid?
There are no costs associated with participating in this research, except for the time it takes you to do the questionnaire. 
For those completing the questionnaire, you will have the opportunity to go into the draw to win 1 of 20 retail gift vouchers (each of AU $50). If you elect to go into the draw, you will be redirected through the survey tool to another location in which to enter your contact details. This will ensure that any contact details provided are not linked to your questionnaire responses. Any contact details provided for this purpose will be deleted at the conclusion of the prize draw.
What if I don’t want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely voluntary and a decision not to participate will not disadvantage you. Only those people who by clicking on the 'next 'button, give their informed consent will be included in the project.
What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
There are no consequences for not completing the survey. As the questionnaire is anonymous it will not be possible to remove individual responses once responses have been submitted.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
Participation in the questionnaire is anonymous. Any information collected by the researchers will be stored securely and only accessed by the researchers unless you consent otherwise, except as required by law. Data will be retained for at least 5 years after final publication at Charles Sturt University, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Wagga Wagga and CSIRO.
What will happen to the information that I give you?
It is the intention of the researchers to produce a report to funding bodies including producers via their industry representative bodies.  The outcomes of the study may also be published in an appropriate scientific journal. Part of this study will also be used to produce an Honours thesis and contribute to a PhD. Individuals will not be personally identified in any reports arising from the research.
What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
If you would like further information please contact:
Dr Jennifer Manyweathers Charles Sturt University, E: jmanyweathers@csu.edu.au P: 0419941552
Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?
Charles Sturt University’s Faculty of Science Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project. If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact:
The Executive Officer
Faculty of Science Minimal Risk Human Ethics Committee
FOS-FHEC@csu.edu.au
Charles Sturt University,
C/- School of Exercise Sciences,
Bathurst Campus, Panorama Avenue,
Bathurst, NSW 2795.
Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.
What do I need to do next?
Read through the following consent statements:
·         I agree to participate in the above research project and give my consent freely.
·         I am over the age of 18.
·         I consent to participating in a questionnaire.
·         I understand that the project will be conducted as described in the Participant Information Sheet.
·         I understand I can withdraw from the project at any time and do not have to give any reason for withdrawing.
·         I understand that my personal information will remain confidential to the researchers.
·         I have the opportunity to ask any questions I might have receive a satisfactory answer.

If you are happy to proceed, click on the “NEXT” button located at the bottom of this section. This will take you to the start of the questions.

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