Invitation and participant information

You are invited to participate in a research project exploring healthcare provider knowledge and experience in enriched environment for individuals after an acquired brain injury.  The project is being undertaken from 16 August to 31 March 2022.

The study is being conducted by Ms Holley Langtry, a Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) student from the School of Social Work and Arts in the Faculty of Arts and Education, Charles Sturt University.
     Chief Investigator:
     Ms Holley Langtry,
     Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) Student,
     Charles Sturt University.
     Phone:  0481847779

     Project Supervisors:
     Dr Rahul Ganguly,
     Senior Lecturer,
     School of Education,
     Charles Sturt University.

     Mr David Bull
     Adjunct Lecturer
     School of Social Work and Creative Arts
     Charles Sturt University

Before you decide whether you wish to participate in this study, it is important for you to understand why the research is being conducted and what it will involve.  Please take the time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish.
What is the purpose of this study?
This study aims to explore healthcare provider knowledge and experiences in enriched environment for individuals after an acquired brain injury.  A focus of this research project is to understand knowledge generation and application in professional practice to inform future research, enhance practice and healthcare intervention outcomes.

Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
You are invited to participate if you are a qualified allied healthcare professional aged between 18 and 65 years and with at least one-year of work experience in your healthcare field.

Qualified allied health professionals include Occupational Therapists, Diversional Therapists, Counsellors, Social Workers, Nurses, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists who have completed a health professional qualification in Australia and/or qualify for Australian registration.

What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate in this research project you are invited to complete this online survey which includes some scale-based questions and four written responses related to your knowledge and experiences of enriched environments.  It is anticipated that the survey will require between 20 to 45 minutes to complete.  No identifiable data will be requested, and non-identifiable data will be shared through the Charles Sturt University Research Outputs Repository and Research Data Australia. The repository is a digital storage platform for archiving de-identified research data and sharing it with other researchers.

Participation in this research project is optional.
Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
There are no anticipated significant risks for participants who complete the study other than the inconvenience of giving some time to complete the survey.  You may find some survey questions interesting to reflect on.  There are negligible foreseeable risks associated with participating in this research project.

All data will be collected, de-identified and securely stored by the chief investigator in accordance with standard ethics protocols.

If, for any reason, this study causes distress, Lifeline is a 24-hour help line that can be contacted on phone: 13 11 14.

How is this study being paid for?
There is no funding from external bodies or agencies for this research.  Charles Sturt is supporting the research team to complete this work as part of their academic roles.  The chief researcher is in receipt of a scholarship from Charles Sturt University.

Will taking part in this study (or travelling to) cost me anything, and will I be paid?
There are no financial costs associated with you participating in this study.  Participation involves completing this online survey.  You will not be paid for your participation in this study.

What if I don't want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research project is entirely your choice.  Only those people who give their informed consent will be included in the data set.  Whether or not you decide to participate is your decision and will not disadvantage you.

If you do decide to participate, you may withdraw from the project at any time without giving a reason.  Your confidentiality will be ensured.

What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
Once you have entered responses to the survey questions, it will not be possible to withdraw or edit your responses as identifying your responses is impossible since the survey is anonymous.  Even if you do not complete the full survey before pressing 'Done' on the final page, the data you have entered will still be analysed.
How will my confidentiality be protected?
The survey is anonymous.  No identifiable information will be collected.  Privacy of the data will be fully maintained in all storage and dissemination.  De-identified data will be retained for at least 5 years to 2027.

Any information collected by the researcher which might potentially identify you will be stored securely and only accessed by the researcher unless you consent otherwise, except as required by law.  There are limits on assurances of confidentiality as law may subpoena research data/records.

What will happen to the information that I give you?
A research report will be submitted for examination at Charles Sturt University as an honours journal article.  The researchers may also present the findings of this research in scholarly journals and at conferences.  No personally identifying information will be published.  De-identified quotes may be used to demonstrate broader themes emerging from the entire dataset.

Your confidentiality will be fully maintained in all reporting of the data. You can also request to receive any reports or publications within which the data are used by emailing the Chief Investigator -

What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
If you would like further information, please contact Ms Holley Langtry or her supervisors whose contact details are listed below:
      Chief Investigator:
        Ms Holley Langtry,
        Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) Student,
        Charles Sturt University.
        Phone: 0481847779

      Project Supervisors:
        Dr Rahul Ganguly,                                     Mr David Bull,
        Senior Lecturer,                                         Adjunct Lecturer,
        School of Education,                                 School of Social Work and Creative Arts,
        Charles Sturt University.                           Charles Sturt University. 
        Email:                    Email:
Who should I contact if I have concerns about the conduct of this study?
Charles Sturt University’s Human Research Ethics Committee has approved this project (protocol number – H21347).  If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this project, you may contact the Committee through the Ethics and Compliance Unit via the following contact details:
     The Governance Officer
     Human Research Ethics Committee
     Ethics and Compliance Unit
     Locked Bag 588
     Wagga Wagga NSW 2678
     Ph: (02) 6933 4213


Thank you for considering this invitation.

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