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Registrations for mbc are NOW CLOSED as the trial of this pilot project is currently in progress. The information listed below provides details about the project only.

The purpose of this project is to test the use of an SMS text messaging service to support new mothers in feeding their baby.  This research is being conducted by Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland.
We are looking for women who meet the following criteria to participate in this research study.

  • You are over 18 years of age
  • You have a baby that is three months old or younger
  • You are currently breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed
  • You have a mobile phone
  • You have not been diagnosed with postnatal depression
Participation in this project involves the completion of an initial survey which has questions about you, your support networks, about how you feed your baby and how you use your mobile phone and the internet. The second survey has questions relating to your experiences of feeding your baby and about receiving text messages in this research.

how it works
You will be randomly allocated into one of two groups to receive different text messages* as part of the research. You will receive a number of text messages relating to feeding your baby and you will be asked to respond to these messages over a three month period**. The only costs associated with this are the normal costs you pay for sending an SMS.

There will be two surveys to complete. The first one needs to be completed by you before you receive any text messages. You will be asked to complete another survey at the end of the research or when you decide to stop the text messages. The surveys can be undertaken online via a website or you can complete them on an emailed copy or on a hard copy and post them in.

They will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. If at any point you decide to no longer receive messages all you have to do is SMS ‘MBC END”.  You will then be asked to complete Survey Two, however you are under no obligation to do so. 

Your participation in this project is voluntary. If you do agree to participate, you can withdraw from participation at any time during the project without comment or penalty. Your decision to participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT (for example your grades) or with the support agencies.

please note:
*Text messages will only be sent in the morning and not during the early afternoon or evening. There will be 24 hours provided for your response before a repeat message is sent.

**As this is a research project there are various sms messaging configurations specifically incorporated into the trial. You may or may not receive weekly messages, and you will not nessecarily receive the same worded response from mbc as other participants.

The whole study is anticipated to take no longer than three months.  You may receive only a few text messages in this time or you may receive several.

expected benefits
It is expected that the results of the project will benefit both you and other women by contributing to the development of programs aimed at supporting new mums with feeding their babies. You will also have access to agencies providing support services for new mums. These agencies are Women’s Health Queensland Wide and the Australian Breastfeeding Association who have free confidential professional support services and who can give you advice or refer you to experts if you need this if at any time you would like one of the support services to call you, we will arrange this.

To thank you for your participation and to offset any phone costs, you will receive a $10 grocery voucher.

There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this project. However some people may feel uncomfortable with these questions because of their personal nature.

If during the project, your responses, on more than two occasions, indicate you may be at risk of post natal depression, which is common after birth, we will provide your contact details to the support services provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide (1800 017 676 or if you live in Brisbane (07) 3839 9988) or the Australian Breastfeeding Association (1800 686 2686). These gencies  will contact you just to check up to see that things are Ok and refer you to other services if this is what you choose to do. You are not obliged to accept any assistance and can accept or refuse at your discretion.

QUT provides for limited free counselling for research participants of QUT projects, who may experience discomfort or distress as a result of their participation in the research.  Should you wish to access this service please contact the Clinic Receptionist of the QUT Psychology Clinic on (07) 3138 0999.  Please indicate to the receptionist that you are a research participant.

Please note that participation in this project should NOT replace your normal clinical care.

All comments and responses will be treated confidentially. The mobile phone numbers of individual persons are temporarily required in order to match your responses to the first survey with your responses to the second survey.  Only staff employed by the research project will have access to the mobile phone numbers and they will not be released or available to any other agency. Once the second survey is completed, all identifying details will be removed to make the data anonymous, we will not be keeping your mobile phone number and your data will not be forwarded to any third parties.  Once the data has been de-identified, you will not be able to withdraw your responses from the overall data set.

voluntary participation
Your participation in this project is voluntary. You can withdraw from participation and have your data removed from the pool up until the completion of the second survey without comment or penalty. Your decision to participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT.

questions / further information
Please contact the Chief Investigators, Dr Rebekah Russell-Bennett at rebekah.bennett@qut.edu.au (07) 3138 2894 or Dr Danielle Gallegos at danielle.gallegos@qut.edu.au (07) 3138 5799, if you have any questions.

concerns / complaints
QUT is committed to researcher integrity and the ethical conduct of research projects.  However, if you do have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project you may contact the QUT Research Ethics Officer on 3138 5123or ethicscontact@qut.edu.au. The Research Ethics Officer is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner.

Statement of consent
By registering to participate in this project you are indicating that you:

  • have read and understood the information document regarding this project
  • have had any questions answered to your satisfaction
  • understand that if you have any additional questions you can contact the research team
  • understand that you are free to withdraw at any time, without comment or penalty
  • understand that you can contact the Research Ethics Officer on (07) 3138 2091 or ethicscontact@qut.edu.au if you have concerns about the ethical conduct of the project
  • agree to participate in the project
  • understand that if your responses indicate depression on more than two occasions, you will be contacted by one of the support services to provide help if you would like this.

The completion of the registration form and completion of the survey is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this project.

Now Closed

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