1. Plain language statement and aim of survey

Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) survey of COVID-19 experiences of women doctors as healthcare providers.
Alfred Research project number 761/20


The aim:
The aim of this survey is to explore the experience of women doctors during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

What does the research involve? 

The questionnaire will take about 5 minutes to complete. Your completion of this questionnaire will contribute to this aim.

Source of funding.
No direct funding but we wish to acknowledge MWIA and its members for its provision of survey distribution.

Consenting to participate in the survey and withdrawing from the research.

MWIA is a non-sectarian and non-profit making, international non-governmental organisation (NGO) of medical women and medical students from different countries and cultures around the globe.
By signing up to complete the questionnaire, you will be indicating that you have read this explanatory statement and consent to participating in the survey. You have the right not to finish the survey, to skip any questions you prefer not to answer, or not submit the finished survey. However, once you submit the survey it will not be possible to withdraw your data because your answers are anonymous and the researchers will have no way of knowing what data are yours.

Possible benefits and risks to participants 

The results of this survey will be used to understand the experiences of women doctors during COVID-19. One of the aims is to apply a gender-based lens to this pandemic response which will assist in the preparedness of work-places to assist and better protect women doctors and health professionals more broadly. This will be incorporated into education and workplace guidelines to thereby improve the health and wellbeing of medical women internationally.
There are no reasonably foreseeable risks of harm from participation in this research. If you think that you will be upset or disturbed by questions about COVID-19 you can choose not to participate. If you choose to proceed and find that the questions raise difficult topics for you, there is a list of services at the end of the survey that might assist you.

Confidentiality and storage of data

All information you give us will be completely anonymous. The name and address of anyone who answers these questions is not required. All data will be stored on a secure password-protected file on the University of Melbourne system, accessible only to the researchers. All research data will be destroyed 7 years from the time results are published.

A summary of the results will be made available in the form of publication/s,  presentations as well as the websites of the
national members of MWIA.


If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about being a research participant in general, then you may contact "Complaints Officer" and email communication to research@alfred.org.au
or, president@mwia.net +234 805 767 1071. Quote Alfred Research project number 761/20.
Thank you for participating in our survey. Your feedback is important.

Links to COVID-19 Mental Health Support Services for survey participants
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a burden on all health systems. Sometimes, participants might experience some emotional distress, when reflecting on their experiences. Doctors are people too and can suffer stress, fear, emotional exhaustion and burnout. If the questions on this survey have raised issues for you or have exacerbated a mental health condition, we recommend that you notify your national medical support organisation or visit the World health Organisation links for COVID-19 support for Healthcare workers.  If this s