Centre for Care and Wellbeing Study Participant Information Sheet

Project Title: A study examining the impact of the Springvale Botanical Cemetery
Centre for Care and Wellbeing services on bereaved individuals

Investigators: Dr Michelle Lim, Ms Katrina Long, Ms Kit Casey, Ms Karra Harrington,
Ms Elizabeth Todio, Mr William Babington

What is the research project about?
The aim of this research project is to examine the impact of the Centre for Care and Wellbeing (CCW) services on individuals’ loneliness post bereavement.

Who can participate?
You can participate if you have ever used the CCW services, are competent in English, and are able to participate in a telephone interview.

What is involved?
If you are interested in participating, you will be asked to participate in a telephone interview with a researcher who will ask questions about your experiences with the Centre for Care and Wellbeing. This will take approximately 1 hour. You will be reimbursed $20 for your participation. This payment will be provided in the form of an eGift card emailed/mailed to you at the end of the telephone interview.

In the month following your interview, you will also be emailed or mailed a copy of your interview transcript, and the preliminary results for further comment and validation via return email/mail. This should take no more than 30 minutes.

What are the benefits from participating?
There are no direct benefits for participants. However, your participation will help inform future improvements to CCW services.

Will your participation be anonymous?
Your interview will be audio recorded and transcribed for research purposes only. However, we will not ask for any personal identifiable information during the interview, so any comments you provide will not be identifiable after the interview is complete. Audio recordings may be transmitted over the internet to a private transcription service. If this occurs, no identifying information will be attached to the file, and the file will be deleted by the service once the transcript is returned to the researchers.

Research findings may be published in scientific journals, reports, and/or presented at conferences. Representative quotes from participants may be published, however, this will not be attached to any identifiable information.

Do you have to participate?
Participation is voluntary. You may withdraw your participation at any time during the study by emailing the investigators. If you chose to withdraw, your data will not be included in the published analyses, but will be stored securely for five years for auditing purposes. You will not be able to withdraw from the study after the publication of results.

What are the risks from participating?
You may experience some emotional distress when discussing the topic of your personal bereavement during the interview. If you are concerned at any time during the interview or afterwards, you can raise any concerns to one of the researchers on this project. The researchers will then help you in obtaining any additional support you may require, with your permission. Contact information for the researchers are available below.

If you are experiencing a crisis and cannot contact your health practitioner or need help urgently, you can call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Project and researcher interests
This project is a collaboration between Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT) and Swinburne University of Technology. Data will be analysed by Swinburne University of Technology, with group-level results provided to SMCT at the end of the project.

Further information about the project – who to contact
If you would like further information about the project, please do not hesitate to contact:

Dr Michelle Lim
Senior Lecturer & Registered Clinical Psychologist
Centre for Mental Health and Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute
Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn 3122
Phone: 61-3-9214-5109
Email: mlim@swin.edu.auMs Karra Harrington
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn 3122
Phone: 61-3-9214-4868
Email: kharrington@swin.edu.au

Mr William Babington
Community Engagement & Insights Manager
Springvale Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust
Phone: 61-3-8523-1647
Email: William.Babington@smct.org.au

Ms Katrina Long
Senior Research Assistant
Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn 3122
Phone: 61-3-9214-5889
Email: klong@swin.edu.auMs Kit Casey
Senior Research Assistant
Centre for Mental Health, Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute
Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn 3122
Phone: 61-3-9214-4868
Email: kcasey@swin.edu.au

Ms Elizabeth Todio
Research Assistant
Iverson Health Innovation Research Institute, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn 3122
Phone: 61-3-9214-4868
Email: ltodio@swin.edu.au

This project has been approved by or on behalf of Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC) in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this project, you can contact:

Research Ethics Officer, Swinburne Research (H68),
Swinburne University of Technology, P O Box 218, HAWTHORN VIC 3122 Australia.
Tel (03) 9214 3845 or +61 3 9214 3845 or resethics@swin.edu.au

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