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Child oral health knowledge and professional practice of General Practitioners 
Ethics approval number: HEC21251  
 
The research is being carried out by the following researchers: 
Research Lead:  
Dr. Virginia Dickson-Swift, Violet Vines Marshman Centre for Rural Health Research, La Trobe Rural Health School.  Bendigo, Vic 3552, v.dickson-swift@latrobe.edu.au 
Research team:
Dr. Dalya Alzard, La Trobe Rural Health School. Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, Bendigo, Vic 3552, D.Alzard@latrobe.edu.au 
Dr. Elizabeth Sari, La Trobe Rural Health. Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, Bendigo, Vic 3552,  E.sari@latrobe.edu.au
Dr. Leonard Crocombe, La Trobe Rural Health School. Department of Dentistry and Oral Health, Bendigo, Vic 3552, l.crocombe@latrobe.edu.au
  
Before you start this survey, please read carefully through the following information, and feel free to discuss it with others if you wish before proceeding. If you have any questions, please contact us using the details provided below. 
 
What is the study about? 
The main aim of this project is to pilot test an online survey for General Practitioners that has been adapted from a previously validated survey, which was used to explore the knowledge and professional practices of paediatricians regarding oral health of children below the age of 12, in Australia.  
 
Who is being asked to participate? 
Being part of this study is voluntary. To be able to take part in this anonymous survey you need to be an adult (18+years), a practicing General Practitioner, be able to read and respond to an online survey in English, reside in Australia and consent to taking part in the online survey. You will need internet access via a smartphone, computer or tablet.   
 
What will I be asked to do?  
If you want to take part in this study, we will ask you to complete an anonymous online survey that should take no more than 20 minutes of your time.   
 
What are the benefits? 
The results of this study may not benefit you directly as an individual. This is a pilot study aimed to test an adapted survey tool and gather some preliminary data about the current knowledge and practice of GPs. The study results will provide some understanding of the key issues and later may be used in a larger study to provide comprehensive understanding of the knowledge and practice of GPs in relation to child oral health which in the long run can lead to the development of oral health training for this group.  
 
What are the risks? 
We do not envisage any risks to you in completing this anonymous survey however with any study there are (1) risks we know about, (2) risks we do not know about, and (3) risks we do not expect. If you experience something that you aren’t  sure about, please contact us immediately, so we can discuss the best way to manage your concerns.  
Principal investigator: v.dickson-swift@latrobe.edu.au 
Phone: 03 5444 7852 or email: v.dickson-swift@latrobe.edu.au  
 
What will happen to information about me? 
By clicking on the ‘I agree" button, this tells us you want to take part in the study.   
We will collect information about you in ways that will not reveal who you are.  
We will store information about you in ways that will not reveal who you are.  
We will publish information about you in ways that will not be identified in any type of publication from this study.  
We will keep your information for 5 years after the project is completed. After this time, we will destroy all of your data.  
The storage, transfer and destruction of your data will be undertaken in accordance with Research Data Management Policy
The personal information you provide will be handled in accordance with applicable privacy laws, any health information collected will be handled in accordance with the Health Records Act 2001 (Vic). Subject to any exceptions in relevant laws, you have the right to access and correct your personal information by contacting the research team.    
 
Will I hear about the results of the study? 
Results of the study will be available on the website by accessing the La Trobe Rural Health School Website: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/rural-health-school .  
 
What if I change my mind? 
If you no longer want to complete the survey, simply close the web browser. If you change your mind after clicking on the ‘Submit’ button, we cannot withdraw your responses because we cannot link who you are with your survey responses. Your decision to withdraw at any point will not affect your relationship with La Trobe University or any other organisation listed.    
 
Who can I contact for questions or more information? 
If you would like to speak to us, please use the contact details below: 
Dr. Virginia Dickson-Swift, Violet Vines Centre for Rural Health Research, La Trobe Rural Health School. La Trobe Unie 
Phone: +61354447852 
What if I have a complaint? 
If you have a complaint about any part of this study, please contact: 
 
Senior Research Ethics Officer 
Telephone: +61 3 9479 1443 
Email: humanethics@latrobe.edu.au 
Quote ethics number: HEC21251  
 
Consent Form – Declaration by Participant 
I (the participant) have read understood the Participant Information Statement, and any questions have been answered to my satisfaction. I agree to participate in the study, I understand that once I have completed the survey, I will be unable to withdraw my data. I agree information provided by me or with my permission during the project may be included in a thesis, presentation and published in journals on the condition that I cannot be identified.  
Please select I agree below to begin the survey. 
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