Any information obtained in connection with this study that can identify you will remain confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this study. Your HPV test result will become part of your medical record at the clinic you attended. The only people with access to your information are the researchers, for the purpose of this study. Any information will only be disclosed with your permission, as is required by law.
Your personal identifying information will only be used to find out how many doses of the vaccine you have been given, and to contact the clinic where you were recruited, if necessary. All of the data that is generated from your participation, such as your questionnaire responses, HPV test result and vaccination history, will be anonymised and analysed together with everyone else’s results to help us answer questions about how well the vaccine is working.
Yes. However, if you are a woman and the researchers find you have a high risk type of HPV (one that has the potential to cause cervical cancer if left untreated for many years), they will inform your clinic. This means your doctor can follow up with you if needed. In rare circumstances, we may need to disclose research data if required to by a Court order.
The IMPACT researchers at the Royal Women’s Hospital are the only people who will see your individual responses to the questionnaire. All the identifying details, such as your name, are removed, and everyone’s responses are put together in a secure database. We plan to publish the combined results of the survey in reports and in academic papers. You will not be able to be identified in any publication.
In accordance with relevant Australian privacy and other relevant laws, you have the right to access, review and change (if incorrect) the information collected and stored by the researchers about you. In accordance with regulatory guidelines, the information collected in this research project will be kept for 7 years after the study has finished.
Yes, the study has been approved by a number of Human Research Ethics Committees around Australia. Approval is required before the study commences at any clinic. The Ethics committees that have provided approval include: