Information Sheet

LOW RISK REVIEW PANEL NUMBER: LR 11/2016

INTRODUCTION

Each year CSIRO performs a number of research projects involving human participants. This Website is part of a study into the readiness for video consultations of Australian health practitioners and their private health practices.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?

This study is open to all clinicians and health practitioners working within a private practice within Australia.

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THIS STUDY?

The study's aim is to gain a better understanding of the interest of Australian health practitioners and clinicians in online video consultations as well as collect some data about the readiness of their premises for such consultations with respect to the setup of their hardware and software as well as their internet connectivity.

Key questions we seek answers to are:

HOW WILL THE STUDY BE CARRIED OUT?

If you decide to participate in this study, you will be asked to answer a short online questionnaire and to run an internet connectivity test which will assess whether or not your practice is suitable for conducting video consultations. The internet connectivity test will collect information about the audio and video setup of your computer and the speed and strength of you data connection. It should take approximately 3 minutes to perform. Please conduct this test while you are at your practice and not while at another location.

The questionnaire and online connectivity test will be available online until July 31, 2016.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS OF PARTICIPATION?

There are no foreseeable risks to participation. The internet connectivity test will not harm your system in any way and does not capture any identifying information about you or your practice.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATING IN THE STUDY?

Running the test at this Website provides you with immediate information about the readiness of your practice and an summary online report.

HOW WILL MY PRIVACY BE PROTECTED?

CSIRO is governed under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth). You can read up more about CSIRO's committment to privacy on our Website.

This study does not collect personal information, but only anonymised data.

CSIRO may publish study results and data in research publications and press releases. CSIRO is planning to publish the results of this study only if a sufficient amout of data is collected to provide a sufficient level of anonymity to the practices.

IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS

Please contact Dr Silvia Pfeiffer for further questions.

This study has been approved by the CSIRO Low Risk Review Panel. If you would like to speak with someone with respect to ethical matters, the Human Research Ethics Co-ordinator can be contacted via email at chmhrec@csiro.au.

If you wish to register a formal complaint about the conduct of this research project please contact the CSIRO, Office of the Centre Manager, PO Box 10041, Adelaide BC, SA 5000.