Is there any cost to take part in the Study?
No. Costs to participate in the study are funded by the organisation conducting the study. This includes pre-paid envelopes to return mailed surveys. Usual home/mobile internet services are not covered as part of participation.
If I meet the selection criteria to participate IN A STUDY, what happens next?
If you decide to participate in a study, then the next step would be to provide your informed consent. Informed consent is a process in which you learn the key facts about the study before you decide whether or not to participate. Research staff will need to contact you, and you will need to sign a form by hand or by computer signature as part of this process. Feel free to ask questions to the Research Staff at any time before, during, or after the study.
It’s important that you understand the study as fully as you can. Research Staff will explain the possible risks and benefits of participating in the study. The information about the study should be given to you verbally (explained aloud) and in writing. You should be given enough opportunities to ask questions.
Why is This research important?
Research studies are necessary to find out how patient lives interact to influence cancer care. Often small factors can have large effects, however, these may be hard to understand or treat without investigation.
There is currently little knowledge about how information and technology influences prostate cancer outcomes.
Conducting research in Australia means patients are able to contribute to research evidence which is more likely to affect care than comparative studies overseas.
Who Runs Research studies in Australia?
Research studies in Australia are run by doctors, scientists, professionals and researchers. All studies which involve humans must go through a rigorous ethics process prior to starting. Each study has a principal investigator who is responsible for running the study and ensuring all Australian regulations and legislation are adhered to.
The PrE-Health Study has been rigorously reviewed by the University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and has been approved in consideration of all applicable legislation and requirements (HREC Approval Number: 2022/617).
How can I Participate in the Pre-Health study?
Who can participate in the PRe-HEalth Study?
Any Australian man over the age of 18, with prostate biopsy proven prostate cancer, and having undergone or receiving treatment. If you are unsure about whether this is you, discuss with your GP, or complete our screening questionnaire here.
What therapies are considered prostate cancer Treatment?
Prostate cancer is a complex disease with many therapy options. Available treatments depend on the clinical stage and grade of prostate cancer, as well as individual characteristics of patients and the health system.
Examples of prostate cancer treatment can include: surgery (radical prostatectomy, focal therapy), radiotherapy (brachytherapy, external beam radiotherapy), active surveillance, watchful waiting, chemotherapy and androgen deprivation therapy (ADT).
Do I recieve anything for participating in the PRe-health Study?
No. No remuneration is provided for participating.
Do I need to travel to participate in the study
No. There is no planned travel for participants. Participants will receive surveys by mail, or via email access to an online survey (depending on their preference). Some participants may complete interviews over telephone, or Zoom.
What happens in the study?
Participants will undertake up to two surveys and/or interview.
How long does Study participation take?
We estimate that the first survey will take 30-40 minutes to complete. The second survey is sent to you 3 months later, and this will take 10-20 minutes.
If you volunteer and are selected for a phone interview, this is estimated to take 30 minutes.
Why do people participate in research?
There are many reasons, however the most common is to contribute to the wellbeing of society, and the advancement of medical research.
When study volunteers participate in research, society benefits, bringing new hope for patients afflicted with different conditions/diseases.
Participation in research may also provide an opportunity for volunteers to learn more about their illness.
However, we must note, that this study may not benefit you directly.
Can I Tell Other people about the study?
Of course. We encourage you to discuss it with your friends and family, or doctor.
If you know an Australian man with prostate cancer who would be interested in participating, that person would still need to register interest via the 'contact us' form on this website, or via the screening questionnaire here.
If you would like to share the study online or via social media, quick-share icons are at the bottom of each page on this website.
Click here to see if you are eligible to participate