Participant Information for the Healthy Start Workforce survey August 2014

This information sheet explains the background to the baseline workforce survey being run by Gravida’s Healthy Start Workforce Project in 2014.

The full text of this information sheet follows. If you would prefer to download and print a PDF version, click here (PDF, 470kb).

Participant Information Sheet – August 2014

Gravida: Healthy Start Workforce Development Project

Health Workforce Survey

Research conducted by Gravida at the Liggins Institute


Principal Investigators:

Professor Phil Baker, Director Gravida; Co-investigators: Tania Domett, Caroline Gunn, Gravida

You are invited as a health professional working in maternal and child health to participate in an anonymous online survey exploring opinions regarding e-learning, communication styles and non-communicable disease risk.

Why is this research being conducted?

We are working in partnership with the Ministry of Health and health workforce providers in the area of maternal and child nutrition and physical activity to support continuing professional development needs within the workforce. This survey will be conducted at regular intervals from 2014 – 2016 to inform ongoing professional support.

What is involved in taking part?

Participation in this 5-10 minute survey will help inform further continued professional development for your workforce. Results from this survey will enable us to:

  • design professional education modules to better meet the needs of your workforce based on access to and familiarity with e-learning;
  • understand styles of communication currently used when interacting with clients;
  • understand opinions in the health workforce relating to non-communicable disease risk.

Participation is voluntary

You are under no obligation to take part in the research. Participation is entirely voluntary. The information you provide is anonymous and your name is not required.

Protecting your privacy and confidentiality

We will not record any information that could identify you when the findings of the research are reported. The online survey is administered via Survey Gizmo using HTTPS encryption to ensure the security of your data. The survey will not record your IP address, location or any other data that could be used to identify you. This means that once you have completed the online survey, you cannot withdraw the information as we would not be able to identify which was your response. The anonymity of participants is assured in reporting of research findings.

Data storage

Data will be stored on a secure computer system at the University of Auckland for up to 6 years before being erased.

How will the information be used?

  • Information from approximately 1000 participants will be analysed. Common themes will be identified and the information used to support Continuing Professional Development opportunities within the health workforce.
  • A summary of the findings will be provided on the project website and sent to health workforce organisations.
  • The results will contribute to research papers that will be published in appropriate national and international journals.

The research is funded by the Ministry of Health and conducted by Gravida at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.

If you have any queries or wish to know more about this research you may contact:

Principal Investigator:
Professor Phil Baker
P:    (09) 9235344
Tania Domett
P: 021 919494
Caroline Gunn
P:  (09)8702


Alternatively, you may contact:

Professor David Cameron-Smith, Research Director, Liggins Institute
The University of Auckland | Private Bag 92019, Auckland
P: (09) 9234476 |  E:

For queries regarding ethical concerns, please contact:

The Chair, University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee, The University of Auckland, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, P. 3737599, ext 83711

By participating in the questionnaire you are giving the University of Auckland consent to use the information you provide in the research.

Thank you for considering this invitation.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Phil Baker Gravida University of Auckland Tania Domett & Caroline Gunn, Gravida

University of Auckland