Explanatory Statement

What does the research involve?
The Climate and Health Alliance is working with partner organisations (Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Public Health Association of Australia, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, Australian Health Promotion Association, Australian Medical Students Association) and Monash University to conduct nation-wide research to evaluate barriers and opportunities for health professionals and healthcare workers to communicate the health impacts of climate change.

This survey seeks to:
  • Understand attitudes and knowledge among health professionals regarding the health impacts of climate change
  • Evaluate existing knowledge, skills and confidence among healthcare professionals /healthcare workers about communicating the health impacts of climate change with their peers, institutions, professional colleagues, patients and clients, communities and families. 
As a health professional / healthcare worker, your participation in this survey is immensely valuable and important to the project’s validity. 

We would greatly appreciate it if you could take 25 minutes to complete this survey. The survey will remain open until the end of November.

Who is funding the research?
This research is funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Trust.
Why were you approached to participate in this research?
You were approached to participate in this research because you are a member of one of the project partner organisations listed above. 
Consenting to participate in the project and withdrawing from the research
 Consent to participate will be assumed for those who finish this survey. Participants have the right to withdraw from the study at any time before finishing the survey. To withdraw, simply close the survey web page at any time prior to finishing the survey. All responses that are incomplete when the survey closes at the end of November, will be excluded from the study.

Possible benefits and risks to participants
The survey will inform the development of resources, materials, and/or future training to support healthcare workers to communicate the health impacts of climate change.

There is a small risk that reflecting on past experiences with extreme weather and/or climate impacts will distress some respondents.

All information will be completely anonymous. Project partners will not know who has and has not participated in the survey.

The data is anonymous at the point of collection. The end-users of the data, CAHA and Monash University, will only have access to anonymous data. 
Storage of data
CAHA will save and store the data initially. The data will then be stored in secure servers and destroyed after 5 years.
Use of data for other purposes
Data collected will be published as part of an internal research document. Findings from the analysis and report may be used in writing public reports and academic articles. Only aggregate data will be used for other projects.