1. Welcome to My Survey

Associate Professor Helen Warren-Forward           
Deputy Head of School  
School of Health Sciences
Ph: 02 49217142
Fax: 02 49217053

Participant Information Statement for the Research Project:
An Investigation of Strategies to Reduce Burnout in Radiation Therapists
Questionnaire for Participants
Document Version 1: dated February 2018

You are invited to participate in the research project identified above which is being conducted by Janine Robertson. The research is part of Janine’s Higher Degree by Research studies at the University of Newcastle, supervised by Associate Professor Helen Warren-Forward and Dr Yolanda Surjan from the School of Health Sciences and Dr Ben Britton from the School of Medicine and Public Health.

Why is the research being done?
The purpose of the research is to investigate burnout experienced by radiation therapists and to investigate strategies to reduce burnout. In particular, this stage of the research investigates: the incidence of burnout in radiation therapists; the effect burnout has on the radiation therapist; what strategies are currently being used to reduce burnout and the radiationn therapist’s views on strategies to reduce burnout.
Who can participate in the research?
To be eligible for participation in this research you must be a radiation therapist registered with the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia.
What would you be asked to do?
If you agree to participate, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire. This questionnaire will be completed online using a platform hosted by SurveyMonkey. SurveyMonkey’s privacy policy can be located at https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/policy/privacy-policy/.
What choice do you have?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice.  Only those people who give their informed consent will be included in the research.  Whether or not you decide to participate, your decision will not disadvantage you. If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw anytime until submission of the questionnaire. Once submitted, you will be unable to withdraw your responses as all data is collected anonymously.
How much time will it take?
Completion of the questionnaire is expected to take 15 - 20 minutes.
What are the risks and benefits of participating?
Some of the questions are of a sensitive nature and may cause some emotional distress. If you believe that answering questions about stress in the workplace will negatively affect you, then it might be best if you do not participate. If you decide to participate, you can stop at any time by simply closing the browser. If you need to talk to someone you can contact lifeline on 13 11 14. 
There are no direct benefits to the participants, however participants will be eligible to go into a prize draw to win one of five (5) Westfield Gift Cards, valued at $50 each. If you wish to go into the prize draw, you will need to indicate your interest by ticking “YES” to the ‘prize entry’ question at the end of the questionnaire. You will then be sent to a separate survey where you can record your details. Please note, this separate survey is not linked to the questionnaire, so the questionnaire responses will remain anonymous. The prize draw will be conducted in accordance with the requirements as set out in the NSW Office of Liquor Gaming and Racing’s Gratuitous Lotteries.
How will your privacy be protected?
Any information collected by the researchers will be stored securely at all times.  The questionnaire is anonymous and it will not be possible to identify you from your answers.
Questionnaire responses will be retained in SurveyMonkey during the data collection period (February – April 2018). While in SurveyMonkey, the data can be accessed by academic staff and researchers within the School of Health Sciences.
At the end of the data collection period, the data will be removed and deleted from SurveyMonkey and stored on password-protected computers of the student researcher and supervisors and on OwnCloud (The University of Newcastle Secure cloud storage system). Access will then be restricted to the researchers listed in this statement. All electronic data will be destroyed after a minimum of five years following submission of the student thesis.
Data pertaining to the entry draw will be removed from SurveyMonkey once the prize draw has taken place. Your contact details provided here will not be kept.
How will the information collected be used?
The results of this study will form part of a Higher Degree by Research thesis for Janine Robertson. The results of the research may be published in peer-reviewed journals. The articles will be written and submitted to journals with the professional specialist population in mind. Individual participants will not be identified in any reports arising from the project.
Participants may request a summary of findings from the study. To obtain this information please contact Janine Robertson after July 2018.
Non-identifiable data may be also be shared with other parties to encourage scientific scrutiny, and to contribute to further research and public knowledge, or as required by law.
The results of this part of the research will also be used as the starting point for semi-structured interviews which will aim to gather more in-depth data that will assist in developing strategies to reduce burnout in radiation therapists. If you would be willing to be interviewed please contact Janine at Janine.Robertson@calvarymater.org.au. You will then be sent more details for this part of the study. Alternatively you can indicate your interest by ticking “YES” to the “interview” question in the questionnaire. You will then be sent to a separate survey where you will be asked to provide contact details. Please note, this separate survey is not linked to the questionnaire, so the questionnaire responses will remain anonymous. Please note by expressing an interest to be interviewed you are not obligated to be interviewed.
What do you need to do to participate?
Please read this participant information statement and be sure you understand its contents before you consent to participate. If there is anything you do not understand, or you have questions, please contact Janine Robertson.  If you would like to participate, please complete the questionnaire by hitting the “NEXT” button at the end of this statement. Submission of the questionnaire is taken as implied consent to use the information provided for research purposes.
Further information:

If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Janine at Janine.Robertson@calvarymater.org.au.

Thank you for considering this invitation. 

Associate Professor Helen Warren-Forward
Deputy Head of School
School of Health Sciences
Dr Ben Britton
Conjoint Lecturer
School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr Yolanda Surjan
Senior Lecturer
School of Health Sciences
Janine Robertson
Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Health Sciences
Complaints about this research
This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2017-0409. Should you have concerns about your rights as a participant in this research, or you have a complaint about the manner in which the research is conducted, it may be given to the researcher, or, if an independent person is preferred, to the Human Research Ethics Officer, Research Services, NIER Precinct, The University of Newcastle, University Drive, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia, telephone (02) 4921 6333, email Human-Ethics@newcastle.edu.au.