Welcome and thank you for your interest in our study.

In this study we will be investigating how connectedness to nature shapes psychological health in rural communities in a changing climate.

This study is being undertaken by Christine Materia in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Rural Health, Faculty of Health Science, University of Tasmania under the supervision of Professor Erica Bell and Professor Sue Kilpatrick.

The study aims to:
- extend our understanding of human connectedness to nature and how connectedness to nature shapes psychological health
- extend our understanding of the psychological health impacts of climate change
- give voice to individual stories and experience of the psychological impacts of climate change
- offer a theoretical model, for health and allied health practitioners, policy-makers and local government to better understand and respond to community level anxiety about climate change.

We will ensure confidentiality of all personal information provided by you as a participant in this study. Your personal information will be coded without using your name and kept separate from the rest of the survey materials. In accordance with "Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research Guidelines" all information will be treated in a confidential manner and kept for five years in a locked filing cabinet in the Department of Rural Health at the University of Tasmania. Following this they will be securely shredded and disposed of.

We would be happy to discuss any aspect of this study with you. Once we have analysed the information we will be mailing / emailing you a summary of our findings. You are welcome to contact one of us at that time to discuss any issue relating to the study:
• Christine Materia on 6226 6627 or Christine.materia@utas.edu.au
• Professor Erica Bell on 6226 7377 or Erica.bell@utas.edu.au
• Professor Sue Kilpatrick on 6324 3632 or Sue.Kilpatrick@utas.edu.au

This study has been approved by the Tasmanian Social Science Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study you should contact the Executive Officer of the HREC (Tasmania) Network on (03) 6226 7479 or email human.ethics@utas.edu.au. The Executive Officer is the person nominated to receive complaints from study participants. You will need to quote H12567.