Participant Information and Consent

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You are invited to participate in a project being conducted by the School of Psychology at the University of Adelaide. The project has received funding from the auDA Foundation and involves collaborators from Paraquad SA (Peter Stewart), SA Health (Clinical A/Prof Ruth Marshall, A/Prof Jillian Clark, Elizabeth Potter), LaTrobe University (Prof Gregory Murphy), Monash University (Dr Christine Migliorini), University of Sydney (Prof Ashley Craig) and University of Technology Sydney (Prof Ian Kneebone).

The following information is to help you decide whether or not you would like to take part. Please note that this study has been approved by the University of Adelaide (project no. H-2015-078) and University of Technology Sydney (project no. ETHC16-0388) Research Ethics Committees.

What is the project about?
We have developed a resource package for working age adults with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Although many individuals with SCI have a work history or are in paid employment at the time of their diagnosis, accessing support to return-to-work can be difficult. An online, accessible and free job-information resource may be one way of providing this needed support.

Why am I being invited to participate?
Persons living in Australia with an acquired SCI, aged 18 years or over, and currently seeking work are eligible to participate.

What does the project involve?
We are seeking your consent to complete a series of brief questionnaires which are provided on the following pages. Please set aside approximately 20 minutes to complete these questionnaires. You can stop the questionnaires at any time and return to the survey link. Following this, you will be emailed a link to access six online modules. Each module provides information and practical resources to help build your job seeking skills. You can progress through these modules at your own pace over the next 4 weeks. During this time you will receive regular emails from one of our researchers, to check if you have any queries and to answer any concerns you may have. The same questionnaires will be emailed to you at the end of the 4 week period.

What are the benefits of this project?
We hope that the results from this study will help to identify whether targeted job information can be effectively delivered online. 

Are there any risks associated with participating?
We do not expect any risks from participating. If, however, you begin to feel uncomfortable or upset while completing the survey or reading the resource package, you should cease working on it. Please contact your GP or disability support organisation in your state for support.

What will happen to my information?
This study will not use any identifying information in its findings or any subsequent publications, ensuring your confidentiality. In addition, the data will not be made available to any person other than the researchers. 

Can I withdraw from the project?
Participation in this project is voluntary and you are free to withdraw at any time.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?
You can email the primary investigator, Diana Dorstyn, if you have any queries about the project:

What if I have a complaint or any concerns?
If you wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, please contact the Human Research Ethics Committee’s Secretariat on (08) 8313 6028 or by email to: Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated.

1. I have read and understood this information and agree to take part