Participant information

You are invited to participate in a study which aims to understand the current impact of bloat on southern Australian beef production systems. The study involves a survey to which this participant information applies.

The study is being conducted by:

Prof. Bruce Allworth Professor in Ruminant Health and Production,
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences,
Faculty of Science,
Charles Sturt University
Dr Shawn McGrath    Senior Lecturer in Animal Production,
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences,
Faculty of Science,
Charles Sturt University
Dr Cara Wilson Research Associate,
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences,
Faculty of Science,
Charles Sturt University
Assoc. Prof. Marta Hernandez-Jover Associate Professor in Veterinary Epidemiology,
School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences,
Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University

For you to decide if you wish to participate in this study, it is important that you understand why the research is being done 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?
The purpose of this research is to:
  1. Assess the impact of bloat on southern Australian beef production systems.
  2. Estimate the prevalence of bloat in southern Australia
  3. Identify common features of bloat in southern Australian beef systems.
  4. Determine whether current prevention methods are sufficient for preventing bloat.
Data from this study will contribute to research on animal health, and beef production.

Why have I been invited to participate in this study?
We are seeking producers currently involved in the beef industry either as farm owners or managers.

To be eligible you must currently be a producer or manager of a beef producing farm located in Australia.

Please note that to participate in this research you must own or manage at least one beast that is or will be used for beef production. You must also reside in Australia and be over 18 years old.

Should you choose to participate in this study it is important that you complete answers based on your current knowledge and do not Google answers. This is so we can accurately gauge what information producers require and how best to educate producers on this topic in the future. Please note that knowledge of bloat is not required.

What does this study involve?
If you agree to participate you should read all of this information, then proceed to the questions. The topics in this survey include demographic questions, questions regarding bloat in your cattle and your opinions around bloat. It is expected that the time required to complete the questions will not exceed 15 minutes. The survey is voluntary. Specific written consent will not be requested because consent is implied if you submit your responses.

Are there risks and benefits to me in taking part in this study?
There are no anticipated risks to taking part in this study. We do understand that some animal management practices covered in this survey may be a sensitive topic for some producers and assure you that participation in this research is voluntary. If, as a result of completing this survey, you feel you need to talk to someone about the issues raised, please contact Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 or the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health 1800 011 511.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in follow-up interviews. If you would be interested in participating further, at the end of the survey you will have the option to enter your contact details. If you provide your contact details the survey responses are not anonymous and survey details will be linked to interview responses when interviews are conducted.

How is this study being paid for?
This project is funded through the Fred Morley Centre, Charles Sturt University.

Will taking part in this study cost me anything, and will I be paid?
There are no costs associated with participating in this research. You will not be paid for your participation in this project.

What if I don't want to take part in this study?
Participation in this research is entirely your choice. Whether you decide to participate or not, your decision will not disadvantage you.
What if I participate and want to withdraw later?
If you start the survey and wish to withdraw part-way through please close the internet browser and your responses will not be used in the analyses. If you have completed the survey and provided your contact details and later decide to withdraw, please contact Shawn McGrath (email or phone 0269332825) and your data will be removed from the dataset. If you submitted your survey anonymously (that is, you did not provide your contact details), it will not be possible to remove individual responses.

How will my confidentiality be protected?
To maintain privacy and confidentiality, this survey has been distributed by various organisations on the research teams’ behalf. Any information collected by the researchers will be stored securely and only accessed by the researchers unless you consent otherwise, except as required by law. Information will be stored electronically and be kept secure by password. Responses entered into this online survey are protected under SurveyMonkey's Privacy Policy and Security Statement.  Access to the data will only be granted to the researchers. Confidentiality will be protected by de-identifying the data collected from both phases once the interview has been completed and the results linked. Strict confidentiality will be maintained. Any information collected will not be passed onto a third party.

Data will be retained for 5 years following final publication at Charles Sturt University, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Wagga Wagga to ensure adequate time for analysis and completion of the investigation. It is unlikely that any of the data collected will be used for future research, and following this period of time, the data will be destroyed.

What will happen to the information that I give you?
Information collected will be collated and analysed to investigate the aims outlined above. Findings from this project will be submitted to scientific journals for publication and might also be presented at conferences either as an oral or poster presentation. Individuals will not be identifiable in any material disseminated during or following this research. The survey data will be stored for 5 years post publication and then destroyed.

What should I do if I want to discuss this study further before I decide?
If you would like further information please contact the researcher:
     Dr Shawn McGrath
     Tel: 02 69332825

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: H20340]. 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
     Tel: (02) 6933 4213

Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated fully and you will be informed of the outcome.
What do I need to do next?
Please read the following consent statements:
  • I agree to participate in the above research project and give my consent freely;
  • I am over the age of 18 years;
  • I consent to participating in a survey;
  • I understand that the project will be conducted as described in the Participant Information Sheet;
  • I understand that my personal information will remain confidential to the researchers and will only be used to contact me for follow-up interviews;
  • I have had the opportunity to have questions answered to my satisfaction;

If you are happy to proceed to the survey, please click on the “NEXT” button located at the bottom of this section. This will take you to the start of the questions. Once you start the survey it should be completed in one sitting as you will not be able to close the survey and resume it at a later time. It is expected the survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes.

To withdraw from the survey at any stage, simply close the page.


Thank you for considering this invitation.