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The Central Queensland University DORA Project - Diabetes Online Risk Assessment - Information Sheet


Thank you for your interest in participating in this research project. 

This project aims to raise awareness of type 2 Diabetes and understand what types of health messages people like to receive and how useful these messages are in encouraging follow-up actions after completing a health risk assessment.

This project is being conduct​​ed by the Physical Activity Research Group based at Central Queensland University and is available to adults across Australia.

To participate in this project you must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Able to communicate in the English language,
  2. Currently live in Australia,
  3. Have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection,
  4. Be 35 years of age or older, and
  5. Not have been previously diagnosed with type 1 or 2 Diabetes.

What does participation in this project involve?

If you agree to participate in this project, you will be asked to access the DORA website to complete a total of 3 online surveys (Baseline, 1 month follow-up, and 3 month follow-up) over a period of approximately 3 to 4 months. Your completion of the follow-up surveys is important for us to be able to understand how effective the messages are.

You will first need to complete an Eligibility survey to confirm that you meet the criteria above and to also determine your future risk of type 2 diabetes. This will require you to enter your weight, height and approximate waist measurement to determine your risk rating. Please measure these before commencing.

If you are eligible to participate, you will be asked to consent to participate in the project and asked to provide your phone and email contact details. This will allow the study team to contact you with reminders to complete the follow-up surveys 1 and 3 months after your Baseline survey was completed. You will be provided with a username and password that you can use when completing the follow-up surveys.,

The first Baseline survey includes a range of questions about your diet and physical activity behaviours, your understanding of health information and perceptions of your personal risk of illness and diabetes. After completing the Baseline survey, you will automatically receive a message that provides you with a diabetes risk rating/category and advice about what you should do next to reduce your risk of type 2 Diabetes. You will also be asked to provide us with feedback on the content and quality of the information provided to you about your diabetes risk.

After completing the baseline survey, you will be randomly allocated to either the Video group (in this group participants will receive information about diabetes risk, in both text and video format) OR the Text group (in this group participants will receive information about diabetes risk in text format only).

As a participant, your usage of the project website (e.g. number of logins and time on site) will also be collected automatically. This will provide us with information about appropriateness of the design of the project website.

You will be asked to complete the follow-up surveys at 1 and 3 months following completion of your first Baseline survey. These follow-up surveys will include questions similar to those included in your baseline survey and will provide us with valuable information about any changes you have made to reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Participant benefits

The diabetes risk rating we provide is NOT a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. However, your participation in this project may directly benefit you through early detection of risk. A subsequent visit to your doctor/General Practitioner (GP) may be recommended. Early detection of risk is known to delay onset and prevent long-term complications associated with type 2 diabetes, increase life expectancy and reduce lifetime costs.

As a participant, you will receive a $20.00 shopping voucher following completion of each of the one and three month follow-up surveys. No voucher is offered for completion of the Baseline survey/Feedback survey.

Participants receiving a cash honorarium or reimbursement, or any form of gift voucher should seek independent financial advice as to whether it needs to be declared as taxable income.

Your rights as a participant

The health benefits of participating outweighs any risks. 

You are able to withdraw or decline to participate in the project at any stage. However, you will not be eligible to receive the $20.00 shopping vouchers if you do not complete the follow up surveys at one and three months.

No personal information that could identify you will be disclosed in any reports on the project, or to any other party.

At the end of the project, a plain English statement summarising study findings will be available to all participants.

Please note that there is no obligation to be involved in this project and your participation is entirely voluntary.


If you have any questions, please ask the Project Officer: doraproject@cqu.edu.au  or (07) 4930 6456.

Or the project leader: Dr Susan Williams: s.p.williams@cqu.edu.au

Alternatively, please contact the CQUniversity Office of Research should there be any concerns about the nature and/or conduct of this research project: ethics@cqu.edu.au, (07) 4923 2603.