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Accessible Design, Hospital Discharge and Ageing in Place: A National Survey of Occupational Therapists
 
The research is being carried out by the following researchers: 
RoleName Organisation
Chief InvestigatorProfessor Jacinta DouglasLa Trobe University
Co-investigatorDr Dianne WinklerSummer Foundation
Co-investigatorDr Elise DavisSummer Foundation
Co-investigatorDr Kate D’CruzSummer Foundation
Co-investigatorDr Peter MulherinSummer Foundation
Co-investigatorIsabella GoodwinSummer Foundation
Co-investigatorCornelia WelleckeSummer Foundation

1) What is the study about?
You are invited to participate in a study about minimum accessibility requirements for Australian housing. The aim of this study is to identify the perspective of occupational therapists on the relative priority and impact of specific accessibility features on hospital discharge and aging in place. The findings of this study will be used to advocate for the most important accessibility elements to be included as minimum standards in the National Construction Code. This will help enable more Australians to have access to housing that meets their needs at all stages of their life, no matter their level of ability.   
 
2) Do I have to participate?
Being part of this study is voluntary. If you want to be part of the study we ask that you read the information below carefully.
You can read the information below and decide at the end if you do not want to participate. If you decide not to participate this won’t affect your relationship with La Trobe University or any other listed organisation.   
 
3) Who is being asked to participate?
You can participate in the study if:
  • You are an occupational therapist.
  • You complete home visit assessments. These include assessments pre-hospital discharge and/or to assess the suitability of homes for seniors wanting to age in place.  
 
4) What will I be asked to do? 
If you want to take part in this study, we will ask you to complete an online survey about your experience in conducting home visits. You will also be asked to provide your opinion regarding the relative importance of specific accessibility housing features on aging in place and hospital discharge. It will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes of your time to complete the survey. 
 
5) What are the benefits?
You will not receive any monetary compensation or direct benefits from participating in this research. However, you may find it valuable to share your work experience and contribute to an evidence base regarding the importance of specific housing elements. The expected benefits to society in general are to improve accessible housing opportunities for people living with disability, contributing to an improvement in autonomy, independence, social and employment opportunity, and general well-being of a significant proportion of Australians. 
 
6) What are the risks?
With any study there are (1) risks we know about, (2) risks we don’t know about, and (3) risks we don’t expect. 
We do not foresee any risks associated with this study other than a potential inconvenience to complete the survey. However, if you experience something that you aren’t sure about, please contact us immediately so we can discuss the best way to manage your concerns. 
 
Name/OrganisationPosition TelephoneEmail
Professor Jacinta Douglas/ La Trobe UniversityChief Investigator03 9479 1797 j.douglas@latrobe.edu.au  
 
7) What will happen to information about me?
By clicking on the ‘I agree, start questionnaire’ button, this tells us you want to take part in the study. 
 
We will collect information about you in ways that will not reveal who you are.
We will store information about you in ways that will not reveal who you are.
We will publish information about you in ways that will not be identified in any type of publication from this study.
We will keep your information for 5 years after the project is completed. After this time we will destroy all of your data.

The storage, transfer, and destruction of your data will be undertaken in accordance with the Research Data Management Policy https://policies.latrobe.edu.au/document/view.php?id=106/.  
The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with applicable privacy laws, any health information collected will be handled in accordance with the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic). Subject to any exceptions in relevant laws, you have the right to access and correct your personal information by contacting the research team.   
 
8) Will I hear about the results of the study?
The survey will not collect any of your contact details. Therefore, it will not be possible for us to directly contact you with the results of the study. However, you can access a report of this study that will be published on the Summer Foundation website summarising the study findings. 
 
9) What if I change my mind?
If you start the survey and do not wish to complete it, simply close the web browser. However, please note that you will not be able to withdraw your responses to any questions you have already completed because we cannot identify which survey is yours (as there are no names on it).
 
Your decision to withdraw at any point will not affect your relationship with La Trobe University or the Summer Foundation
 
10) Who can I contact for questions or more information?
If you would like to speak to us, please use the contact details below: 
 
Name/Organisation Position Telephone Email
Professor Jacinta Douglas/ La Trobe UniversityChief Investigator03 9479 1797 j.douglas@latrobe.edu.au

 
11) What if I have a complaint?
If you have a complaint about any part of this study, please contact: 
 
Ethics reference number PositionTelephoneEmail
HEC21018Senior Research Ethics Officer+61 3 9479 1443humanethics@latrobe.edu.au 


Your consent
I (the participant) have read and understood the Participant Information Statement, and any questions have been answered to my satisfaction. I agree to participate in the study, I know I cannot withdraw my responses once I have started the survey. I agree information provided by me or with my permission during the project may be included in a thesis, presentation and published in journals on the condition that I cannot be identified.
 
The information collected will be only used for this research study.
 
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