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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Project: Fertility Facts, Figures and Future Plans

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Dr. Raelia Lew (Responsible Researcher)
Tel: +61 3 9041 9082 Email: raelia.lew@mivf.com.au

Ms Louise Johnson (Co-Research)

Dr Karin Hammarberg (Co-Researcher)
Ms Eugénie Prior (Doctor of Medicine student) Email: e.prior@student.unimelb.edu.au

Introduction

You are invited to participate in the project entitled ‘Fertility Facts, Figures and Future Plans’, which is being conducted by Dr Raelia Lew (Supervisor), Ms Louise Johnson (Co-Researcher), Dr Karin Hammarberg (Co-Researcher) and Ms Eugénie Prior (Doctor of Medicine student) of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at The University of Melbourne and the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA).

Purpose of the research

The aims of this study are to investigate:

  • University students’ parenthood intentions and expectations
  • University students’ understanding regarding factors that affect fertility
  • Effective fertility education strategies for young adults

We are also interested in exploring how students of different ages, genders, and educational backgrounds view fertility.

This research has been approved by the Medical Education Human Ethics Advisory Group.

What will I be asked to do?

If you agree to participate, you will complete an anonymous online questionnaire entitled ‘Fertility Facts, Figures and Future Plans’. The questionnaire includes questions about your sociodemographic circumstances, your intentions and expectations relating to parenthood, whether you have a family history of infertility, what you already understand about fertility in general, and what you think are the best ways to communicate information about fertility to young people. The questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

What are the benefits of this study?

Your answers will improve our understanding of young peoples’ knowledge and expectations relating to fertility and parenthood, and will be used to develop fertility education resources for young people.

By participating in this study, you will also have the chance to reflect on your own reproductive plans and goals, and learn more about the factors that can affect your fertility.

To acknowledge your participation, you will have the option of entering a prize draw to win a $100 David Jones gift card. If you wish to enter the prize draw you will be asked to send an email to the researcher at the conclusion of the questionnaire. Your email address cannot be linked to your responses to the questionnaire, as this will be collected separately from the questionnaire website. You will not be asked to provide additional information to enter the prize draw. One winner will be picked at random at the conclusion of the study period and will be notified via email.

Are there any risks or discomforts if I am involved?

We anticipate very few risks from your involvement in this study. However, given that some questions relate to sensitive topics, there is a small risk that you may become distressed by the questions. If you do feel upset or confronted by the questions, you may refrain from answering a particular question, or choose to discontinue the questionnaire. If you have any concerns whilst completing the questionnaire, we encourage you to contact your general practitioner or other healthcare professional to discuss this further.

How will my confidentiality be protected?

The confidentiality of all data collected in the course of this study will be safeguarded, subject to any legal requirements. Once you enter the online questionnaire, your answers to the questions will be completely anonymous. The data collected will be stored securely by VARTA on a password-protected computer. Only the named researchers will have access to this data. All data collected will be kept for five years from the date of the last publication arising from this work, and will be destroyed after this time.

If you wish to enter the prize draw, you will be asked to send an email to the researchers at the conclusion of the questionnaire. Your email address cannot be linked to your responses to the questionnaire, as this will be collected separately from the questionnaire website. Your email address will be kept in a password-protected computer file and will be used only for the purpose of contacting you in the event that you are the winner of the prize draw. All email addresses will be deleted immediately following the prize draw.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. You are also free to discontinue the questionnaire at any time if you wish.

What happens after the project is finished?

It is possible that the results of this research project will be published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences. Any publications arising from this research will be made available publicly on the website www.varta.org.au, and may be accessed by interested participants. Data from this research project will also be used to develop and test education materials as part of the Your Fertility education campaign, of which VARTA is the lead agency responsible, and may be published on the website www.yourfertility.org.au. As all data will be supplied anonymously, you will not be identifiable in any publications arising from this project.

Where can I get further information?

If you would like more information about the project, please contact the researchers: Dr Raelia Lew (Tel: +61 3 9041 9082), or Ms Eugénie Prior (Tel: +61 430 216 093).

What if I have any concerns about the project?

Should you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of the project, please contact Ms Kate Murphy, Manager, Human Research Ethics – Office for Research Ethics and Integrity, the University of Melbourne VIC 3010. Tel: +61 3 8344 2073 or HumanEthics-complaints@unimelb.edu.au.

How do I agree to participate?

If you would like to participate in this project, please complete the questionnaire at the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/fertilityfacts