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Distribution of Online Research Surveys

The AHTA may agree to distribute online research surveys, provided:

a) The researcher is a member of the AHTA
b) The research is relevant to hand therapy
c) The survey contains a participant information sheet
d) The research has ethics approval *please see note below
 
The researcher in turn must agree to:

a) Acknowledge the assistance of the AHTA (in publication)
b) Provide a copy of the completed paper for the AHTA library
c) Present research findings at an AHTA conference or meeting / or provide a written summary for the AHTA newsletter.


In agreeing to distribute research surveys the AHTA does not endorse the views of the researcher or the content of the survey.

 

*Please note:  Re Ethics Approval

Ethics approval is actually required for any research (including surveys) that sources information from human participants.  This is true whether the information is being used for a presentation to a special interest group or surgeons even if the findings are not for publication or a research project.

This is an excerpt detailing this from the University of Newcastle.
http://www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/resources/human-ethics/what-needs-ethics-approval
 
WHAT HUMAN RESEARCH REQUIRES ETHICS APPOROVAL?

Ethics approval must be sought for research involving human participants.
A 'participant' is someone who:

Actively provides research data. For example:

  • completes surveys
  • participates in interviews, discussions or observations
  • undergoes psychological, physiological or medical treatment or testing
  • tests software
  • grants access to personal collections of records, photographs etc.
  1.  Is the person from whom tissue has been collected (including blood, urine, saliva, hair)
  2.  Is identified in a record, e.g. employment record, medical record, education record, membership list, electoral roll or
  3.  Is identified or de-identified in data banks or unpublished human research data, e.g. an analysis of existing unpublished data collected by another researcher or collected for a different research project.

To seek ethics approval click here for access to a list of registered ethics committees that you can apply to - it should go through quickly as a low risk ethics application (LNR).
 https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/health-ethics/human-research-ethics-committees-hrecs