Research Study | The Possums Clinic

Research Study

We are currently inviting all mothers accessing the Possums Clinic programs during the first twelve months of their baby's life to participate in a study. If you do not wish to participate in this research, you are still free to access Possums interventions and receive the same quality of care.

What does participation involve?

Participation involves completing up to five surveys across the first year of your baby's life, depending upon when you start the study. No matter what your baby’s current age, the first step in this study is to complete the baseline questionnaire.

You may also receive reminders to complete additional questionnaires when your baby reaches a particular age (at six weeks, three months, six months and twelve months of age). The total number of surveys that you will be asked to complete depends upon how old your baby currently is. However many you are able to complete, the information that you share with us is important.

All surveys are completed online and will take 10 minutes.

Will my information be confidential?

Your information will be stored confidentially.  You will not be asked for your name when completing the surveys. We will ask for your email address in order to contact you about future surveys. However, this will be stored separately to your survey responses. The study personnel will not reveal your identity at any time.   

Are there any risks to participation?

There are no risks to participation beyond the risks of everyday living.

Are there any benefits to participation?

Completing the questionnaires may help you to clarify your situation.  After you have completed the questionnaire, you will be automatically redirected to a report of your own answers.  By clicking the PDF icon in the top right of the screen you can download and save your answers as a PDF.  You can then share your responses with your Possums clinician or other health professional.  

What if I change my mind?

You are free to withdraw from this study at any time without explanation or penalty. If you withdraw this will not affect, in any way, your experience at Possums. 

What are the aims of this study?

The data we are collecting, through the surveys, will help to build our evidence-base for the Possums approach to perinatal care. 

Who is conducting this study?

This study is being conducted by Dr Koa Whittingham (clinical/developmental psychologist & research fellow, UQ), Dr Pamela Douglas (GP, senior lecturer UQ & associate professor adjunct Griffith), Professor Deborah Creedy (professor of perinatal mental health, Griffith), Associate Professor Peter Hill (associate professor of public health, UQ)  and Professor Cindy Gallois (professor of psychology, UQ). 

Can I access the results of this study?

If you are interested in knowing the results of this study you can contact Dr Koa Whittingham +61 7 30697346  [email protected] or contact Possums Clinic ([email protected]).

This study adheres to the Guidelines of the ethical review process of The University of Queensland and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Whilst you are free to discuss your participation in this study with project staff (Dr Koa Whittingham 3646 5539 [email protected]), if you would like to speak to an officer of the University not involved in the study, you may contact the Ethics Coordinator on 3365 3924.

If you would like to participate then please enter your email address and your baby’s date of birth below: 

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