Polynesian Australian Project Workshop Participant Information Statement


This project is being led and managed by Dr Luke Gahan from Australian Red Cross Lifeblood. Prof. Barbara Masser from the University of Queensland is a co-investigator. If you have any questions about this project please contact Dr Luke Gahan by phone: 03 9252 0185, or email: lgahan@redcrossblood.org.au

Purpose of the project

We would like to work with you to create better awareness within Polynesian Australian communities of the need for blood donation. We hope to learn what may prevent people from Polynesian communities in Australia from donating blood as well as what things may help encourage more people to become blood donors. Lifeblood wants to improve the donation experience of people from all backgrounds who give blood and to encourage them to donate regularly by ensuring that we provide culturally appropriate services and care.

We have invited you to help us with this study by joining one of our co-design workshops. This workshop is made up of Australians with Polynesian ancestry who may or may not be current blood donors; it will also include some Lifeblood staff members.

Description of the project and what will be required of you

This is a co-design project. That means we will be asking for your help to solve our problem by coming up with ideas and designing solutions. Your knowledge and experiences are vital to helping Lifeblood increase the number of people from your community who donate blood.

If you choose to participate in our workshop and therefore be a part of our project, you will attend an online meeting that will take approximately 2 hours. The workshop will involve approximately 20 community members and approximately 5 Lifeblood researchers.

At the workshop we will ask you and the other participants for your views on blood donation and why you think people in your communities do or do not donate blood. We will be asking for your help to come up with some strategies and other things to help increase blood donation by Polynesian Australians.

You do not have to be a blood donor and you do not need to know anything about the blood donation process.

The workshop will be recorded for research purposes only. The recording will only be viewed by the Lifeblood research team conducting this study and will not be used for any other purpose or shared with people outside of the team. Once the project is completed the recordings will be deleted.

To reimburse you for your time, we will provide you with a $30 gift voucher after the workshop which can be used at a number of different stores online or in person.

Confidentiality and disclosure of information

Lifeblood complies with the Privacy Act 1988 and any information in this study that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be released only with your permission or except as required by law.

All the information that you give us will be deidentified (not connected with your name in any way).

We plan to publish the results of this research in academic journals and Lifeblood internal reports, as well as present our findings at academic conferences. In any publication or presentation, information will be presented in such a way that you cannot be identified.

All members of the workshop will be asked to keep the identity of other participants confidential. However, your identity and involvement in the study will be known by other members of the workshop.


Participation in this project is voluntary and you may withdraw from the project at any time. If you decide not to be a part of our study your relationship with Lifeblood will not be impacted in any way.

Ethics concerns or complaints

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Lifeblood Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns or complaints about how this research is being conducted you may contact the Lifeblood Ethics Committee Secretary by phone: 02 9234 2368, email: Ethics@redcrossblood.org.au, or mail: 17 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, NSW, 2015.

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