Privacy & Confidentiality
Your anonymity and confidentiality are guaranteed throughout the study. All research and studies associated with the MSOD Project comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (and future amendments), and the National Privacy Principles (APPs) and Australian Privacy Principles guidelines which apply from March 2014. Copies of these documents can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website (https://www.oaic.gov.au/privacy-law/). Our Data Access Policy regulates how participant information is to be handled.
You are invited to complete a questionnaire (Medical Students Workforce Survey – MSWS) in the final year of your medical program. The Questionnaire asks questions about your career intentions and internship placement, plus you will also have the opportunity to rate your medical school experiences. Personal information will be kept confidential and data will be stored in a de-identified form. There is no collection of data on your grades and academic record. From time-to-time the Project may seek further involvement from participants through focus groups and attendance at workshops. Feedback is always welcome on all parts of the project from survey administration methodology to research agenda. The terms of involvement in the MSOD Project guarantee anonymity and confidentiality at all times.
Participation in this project is entirely voluntary. The data collected through the MSOD Project will be analysed to answer questions about numbers of medical students trained, the type and location of undergraduate and postgraduate training placements, how these experiences influence eventual career destinations and other questions associated with the demographic, educational and career intentions data. Analyses may be done by Medical Deans, government agencies or other researchers with the appropriate ethical clearance. Data analyses will be conducted using protocols that ensure strict privacy and security of the data and reports will never identify individuals. Consent to complete the MSWS is provided by the participant via a tick box at the start of the questionnaire. Participants can withdraw their consent to continue to participate in the MSOD Project at any time by contacting Medical Deans office on 02 8084 6557 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In accordance with the ethics requirements of Australian universities, an ethics application has been lodged and approved at each of the participating universities in the MSOD longitudinal project. An ethics file number is assigned to the approved application at each university and is provided below. Should you like to learn more about the local ethics processes, make an enquiry or lodge a complaint please refer to the appropriate website below and quote the unique ethics file number for the relevant university.
|University||Ethics File Number||Human Research Ethics Website|
|Australian National University||2008/532||Click to visit website|
|Bond University||RO894||Click to visit website|
|Deakin University||EC 2007-219||Click to visit website|
|Flinders University||SBRE 3445||Click to visit website|
|Griffith University||MED/18/08/HREC||Click to visit website|
|James Cook University||H3194||Click to visit website|
|Monash University||CF09/0131 – 2008001758||Click to visit website|
|The University of Adelaide||H-145-2008||Click to visit website|
|The University of Melbourne||HREC 0930972||Click to visit website|
|The University of New England||HE09016p||Ethics administered by Newcastle on behalf of UNE. Refer to Newcastle contact details. Quote UNE ethics file number.|
|The University of New South Wales||HREC 08336||Click to visit website|
|The University of Newcastle||H-2008-0378||Click to visit website|
|The University of Notre Dame||011068F||Click to visit website|
|The University of Queensland||2008002089||Click to visit website|
|The University of Sydney||11436||Click to visit website|
|The University of Western Australia||RA/4/1/2364||Click to visit website|
|University of Tasmania||H10355||Click to visit website|
|University of Western Sydney||H6570||Click to visit website|
|University of Wollongong||HE06/329||Click to visit website|