Frequently asked questions

1. Why should I take part in this study?

Our research has found that people who drive for a living are 4 times more likely to be injured at work. In fact, truck drivers are 13 times more likely to die at work than other workers. In order to improve the health of drivers we need to know more about the factors that impact your health. By taking part in this study you can contribute to making the workplace safer for all drivers. You can find more information by clicking HERE or by contacting the study team. 

2. What are the different stages of the study?

There are three stages in the study. This is the first stage, an online survey that is mostly about your health, should take less than 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the survey you will be invited to participate in Stage 2 which is a follow-up survey, where the Social Research Centre will call you to ask more detailed questions about your work and how your work may impact your health. We predict the phone call will take up to 25 minutes of your time. At the end of Stage 2, you will be invited to participate in the third and final stage of the study, which involves providing the research team access to your Medicare and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme information, which will tell us about the types of health services you use. To participate in the third stage you will need to complete and return a form that we will send to you in the post.

3. Who will have access to my data?

Access to the data is only available to Monash University Driving Health researchers through password-protected accounts. Any identifying information (such as your name and contact number) will be separated from the survey data. If you provide your contact details at the end of this survey, we will provide them to the Social Research Centre to conduct the second survey. The Social Research Centre will only use your contact details for the purpose of conducting the survey.
Only non-identifiable data will be reported in study publications. We will only publish combined data from groups of participants and only if there are enough people in the group so individual people are not able to be identified.

4. What if I change my mind and want to withdraw from the study?

You can choose to withdraw from the study at any time. If you have provided your contact information we can delete your survey responses. If you do not provide your contact details we will be unable to identify which survey was yours. You can withdraw from the study by contacting the Driving Health Research team.

You may participate in Stage 2 without providing contact details by completing an online version of the survey. Completion of the Stage 2 survey will then be anonymous, and we will be unable to remove your information if you want to withdraw.

Choosing not to take part in this study will not affect your current and future medical care or employment in any way.

For detailed description of the project you can download and read our Explanatory Statement


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