Information on antenatal ultrasound (US) services in rural and remote Australian communities

Welcome and thank you for your participation. This survey is being conducted by The Healthy Newborn Project research team from the Division and School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia (UniSA), School of Health Sciences, to examine availability, accessibility and utilisation of antenatal ultrasound services and resources in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia.

Data collected through this survey will provide robust evidence to inform governments of future planning needs and solutions. Obtaining feedback from professionals in frontline rural and remote health care is vital to this process. Let your voice be heard.

The survey is estimated to take approximately 5-20 minutes of your time and we greatly appreciate your effort in its completion. If your clinic does not perform US (no US machine available or no trained staff) but provides antenatal care, please still complete the survey. On completion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter the draw to receive a $1000 prize/scholarship. The scholarship can be used to attend a conference or course of your choice to benefit your clinic and assist with your Continuing Professional Development. This scholarship is to be redeemed for educational purposes only and is for participants in resource poor areas (rural and remote locations).

Confidentiality statement: Only healthcare professionals are being surveyed, no patients will be approached or questioned for this research. Individual responses will remain confidential and will be analysed collectively with other participant responses. The researcher will take every care to remove identifying material from the responses provided as early as possible and participants will not be identified in the reporting of the research. No information which could lead to the identification of any individual will be released, unless as required by law. However, the researcher cannot guarantee the confidentiality or anonymity of material transferred by email or the internet. Participation is voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the study at any point while completing the survey, without affecting your position now or in the future. However once submitted, we are unable to remove your response as it will be impossible to identify your individual data. It is not anticipated that there are any risks to participation in this study beyond those encountered during everyday life.

All information collected as part of the study will be retained for five years. Data will be stored securely onsite in electronic format on a password protected UniSA computer server. Data will be held on survey monkey platform until exported, then deleted immediately following collection and export. The data collected will be non-identifiable.

This study is funded by ‘The Hospital Research Foundation’. This research is in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) - Updated May 2015 (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/e72). This project has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any ethical concerns about the project or questions about your rights as a participant, or should you or any third parties wish to lodge a complaint about either the study or the way it is being conducted, please contact the Executive Officer of this Committee – Ms Vicki Allen (tel: +61 8 8302 3118; email: humanethics@unisa.edu.au). If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact Amber Bidner at email: Amber.Bidner@unisa.edu.au.

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* 1. What is your current employment position? (multiple options may be selected if applicable)

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* 2. What is the postcode of your clinic/s?
(Please note this information will be confidential and only used to generate an ARIA remoteness score for demographics)

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* 3. How many years of clinical experience do you have?

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* 4. What is your gender? (for workforce distribution analysis only)

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