Women’s Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM) believes that everyone has a story to tell, and that these stories are important. Data is being collected all over the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we want to ensure that the unique and diverse stories from the Loddon Mallee are captured. We would like to invite women, men, and gender diverse people across our region to share their experiences, feelings, observations, struggles and successes during the Covid-19 pandemic. We highly value your contributions.

 

What will happen to my story?
Your story will be used to give us a clear picture of the experience of Covid-19 in the Loddon Mallee region. This information will provide evidence to inform our work during and after the pandemic. The stories told will help guide our practice in the goal of achieving health and equality for women in the Loddon Mallee. Your story will advise us of both the good and bad during this pandemic and will tell us where the gaps are that prevent women achieving optimal health, wellbeing and safety.

 

Do I need to give consent for my story to be used?
If you consent to WHLM using your story, your story will first be de-identified. This means that any names or places will be removed from your story before publication. This is done to protect your privacy and aims to ensure that your story will not be linked to you personally.
If you consent, WHLM might use your story in publications, research reports, evaluations. Your story might appear on our organisation’s website or social media account, or to promote a range of initiatives or projects.

If you do not want your story shared, but would still like to tell your story, we encourage you to participate. We hope you find the process of storytelling beneficial.

If you have any question about this project, or would like to talk to someone from WHLM regarding this project, please contact us on (03) 5443 0233 or email us at whlm@whlm.org.au

 

If you need support, the following phone numbers operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 
Lifeline: 13 11 14 
Beyond Blue : 1300 22 4636 or visit coronavirus.beyondblue.org.au

If you or someone you know is experiencing family violence, you can find support via the following phone numbers: 
1800Respect hotline: 1800 737 732
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia: 1300 789 978
Centre for Non Violence: (03) 5430 3000

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* 1. Do you, the participant: 


Give consent to WHLM (and any person authorised by WHLM) to copy or reproduce your story/account as WHLM may determine, without acknowledging your identity and without entitling you to any remuneration or compensation now or in the future. 

If at any stage you would like your story to be redacted and deleted from our database, please let us know.

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* 2. Information regarding your gender, age, postcode and country of birth will help us document how this time period was experienced differently for different people. If you do not want to provide this information, just leave blank.
Your name and email are only required if you wish to receive updates on the project

All details provided will remain confidential.

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* 3. What is your gender?

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* 4. What is your age?

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* 5. What is your country of birth?

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* 6. Please reflect on your recent experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. The questions below are prompting questions only.
You may choose to directly answer some of these questions, or you are free to write about whatever is most important to you.
  • How has the shutdown been for you?
  • What have been some pleasant surprises?
  • What have been the hard parts?
  • What have you learnt?
  • How have your roles and responsibilities changed?
  • How have you felt connected during this time? In what ways have you felt isolated?
  • How are you feeling about the future?
  • How is your experience unique because of your gender, or where you live?

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