Homelessness and Women’s Health Study

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to learn about the reproductive health of women who have ever experienced homelessness in Australia. This includes situations where you may have stayed at a friend's house, a hotel, a refuge or on the street because you had nowhere else to live.

We’d like to learn about your experiences of what it's like to get your period, control getting pregnant, and access women's reproductive health services while homeless.

Who is invited?
Any woman aged 16 years or over who has experienced homelessness in Australia. 

Do you have a choice?
Participation is voluntary. If you decide not to be involved, there will be no negative consequences. You can change your mind and quit the study at any time and you don't have to give any reasons if you don't want to.

What does this study involve?
You will be asked to complete a short online survey about your history with homelessness and your reproductive health experiences.

At the end of the survey, you will be given an option to participate in an additional interview to further explore your experiences.

Who is conducting the study?
This study is being conducted by Amy Dryden, a PhD candidate at the Centre for Health Research, Western Sydney University.

What are the benefits/positives?
You may not receive any direct benefit from this study. However, this study will help provide understanding of homeless women’s experiences regarding their reproductive health. This information can help with the development of services to assist homeless women in the future.

Are there any risks?
Sometimes answering questions about certain experiences can be difficult. If you decide to take part in the study, we will do whatever we can to make sure you feel safe and comfortable.

If you have some discomfort after completing the survey, and feel as though you would like to talk to someone, please contact the number below:

Lifeline Australia (24 hour service) Tel: 13 11 14

You can also contact the research supervisor, Jane Ussher, at j.ussher@westernsydney.edu.au

All of the information you provide will be kept confidential. No one will know you have taken part in this survey except for the researchers. All your information will be stored safely and securely at Western Sydney University.

Will taking part in this study cost me anything, and will I be paid?
Participation in the survey will not cost you anything and there is no payment. However, if you choose to take part in an interview, you will be given a $25 gift card as a thank you.

This study has been approved by the Western Sydney University Human Research Ethics Committee. The Approval number is H11265.

If you have any complaints or reservations about the ethical conduct of this research, you may contact the Ethics Committee through the Office of Research Services on Tel: (02) 4736 0229,
Fax: (02) 4736 0013 or email: humanethics@westernsydney.edu.au

Contact details
If you have any questions or concerns about this study, please contact Amy Dryden on
(02) 4620 3592 or a.dryden@westernsydney.edu.au


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