Thank you for logging on to the PRONTO! Evaluation Survey.


Your feedback regarding your experience at PRONTO! will help ensure that PRONTO! can provide the best service possible to the community and will help inform new HIV testing services.
Your participation is voluntary and anonymous.

Please take a few moments to read the Participant Information and Consent form below. You will be asked to provide your consent before continuing to the survey.  


PARTICIPANT INFORMATION AND CONSENT FORM:

1. Introduction
You have been invited to participate in a survey to help inform the evaluation of PRONTO!, a community-based centre that provides a rapid HIV testing service for gay and other men who have sex with men (G/MSM). The aim of this evaluation research project is to create a detailed understanding of why PRONTO! may or may not be successful and how to improve the service that it provides. This Participant Information and Consent Form tells you about the research project and what is involved to help you decide if you want to participate. Please read this information carefully. Ask questions about anything you don’t understand or want to know more about. Participation in this research is voluntary. If you don’t wish to take part, you don’t have to. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to indicate your consent. By selecting the “Yes, I consent” box, you are telling us that you:

•              Understand what you have read

•              Consent to take part in the research project

•              Consent to be involved in the procedures described

•              Consent to the use of your personal information as described

You will be given a copy of this Participant Information and Consent Form to keep if you request. 

2. What is the purpose of this research project?
Increasing HIV testing numbers and frequency among G/MSM is an important way to decrease HIV transmission. Testing can reduce HIV transmissions through reducing the number of undiagnosed infections, by allowing men to know their HIV status when making decisions about sex and by helping men to access early treatment. PRONTO! was developed as a peer-staffed community rapid HIV testing service to make it easier for more men to test for HIV more frequently. PRONTO! is a partnership between the Victorian AIDS Council and the Burnet Institute. This evaluation run by the Burnet Institute, aims to evaluate various aspects of PRONTO! and provide information for improving the service. You are being asked to participate in the survey because you have tested for HIV at PRONTO!. This research has been funded by the Victorian Department of Health and is run by the Burnet Institute.

3. What does participation in this research project involve?
We will be asking you to complete short online survey. The survey will ask questions about: your HIV and other STI testing behaviour; your HIV risk profile; the acceptability, benefits and possible drawbacks of the service based on your experience, and; the marketing and communication regarding strategy for PRONTO!;. You will have the option of providing contact details at the end of the survey if you are interested in further participation in focus groups in this research project. Survey questions will not ask for any identifying information.

4. What are the possible benefits?
Possible indirect benefits to you include contributing to improvements to an important community health project that has the potential to reduce HIV transmission risk in Australia.

5. What are the possible risks?
No risks are foreseen.

6. Do I have to take part in this research project?
Participation in any research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to. If you decide to take part, you will be free to select “Prefer not to answer” for any question that you are uncomfortable with. Your decision whether to take part or not, or to take part and then withdraw, will not affect your relationship with the Burnet Institute, the Victorian AIDS Council or PRONTO!.

7. How will I be informed of the final results of this research project?
Summary results will be made available at the following locations: http://www.burnet.edu.au/ Results will include summary data of the study only; no individual will be able to be identified.

8. What will happen to information about me?
Survey data will be anonymous and confidential. If you agree to be involved in further evaluation and provide contact details at the end of the survey, contact details will be stored separately from survey responses and securely stored at all times. Data will only be used to contact you about participating in follow up focus groups. Data will be stored electronically in a database on a Burnet password protected project drive and retained for seven years and then destroyed in accordance with National guidelines. Only study researchers will have access to this data. No individuals will be identifiable in any publication or presentation of the results.

9. Can I access research information kept about me?
You have the right to access the information collected and stored by the researchers about you. Please contact one of the researchers named at the end of this document if you would like to access your information.

10. Is this research project approved?
The ethical aspects of this research project have been approved by the Alfred Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee. This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies.    

WHO CAN I CONTACT?

The person you may need to contact will depend on the nature of your query. Therefore, please note the following:  

For further information:
If you want any further information concerning this project you can contact any of the following researchers:  
Name:     Ms Kathleen Ryan
Position:     PRONTO! Evaluation Officer, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute
Telephone:     +61 3 8506 2311
Email:     kathleen.ryan@burnet.edu.au

Name:     Associate Professor Mark Stoové
Position:     Head, HIV Research, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute
Telephone:     +61 3 8506 2301
Email:     stoove@burnet.edu.au  


For complaints:
If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about being a research participant in general, then you may contact:  

Name:     Ms Emily Bingle
Position:     Research Governance Officer, Research & Ethics Unit, Alfred Hospital 
Telephone:     +61 3 9076 3619
Email:     research@alfred.org.au

There are 67 questions in this survey.