MindMax - Fit Minds Kick Goals
AFL Players Association in conjunction with The Movember Foundation

MindMax Evaluation

QUT Ethics Approval Number 1600001227

WHAT IS THIS STUDY ABOUT?

The purpose of this project is to learn if this application is impacting on users’ wellbeing, how the app is being used, and how improvements might be made. This app has been developed in collaboration with Queensland University of Technology (QUT), University of Sydney, and the Australian Football League Players' Association (AFLPA).

To participate in this study you need to be:

WHO IS INVOLVED?

This research study has been developed in collaboration with QUT and the AFLPA. This project is funded by the Movember Foundation.

The researcher team who would have access to your data include:

QUT Science and Engineering Faculty

Assoc. Prof Daniel Johnson
Prof Bernd Ploderer
Dr Kellie Vella
Ms Nikki Peever (PhD candidate)

The Mind Room

Dr Jo Mitchell

Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Tracey Davenport
Vanessa Wan Sze Cheng

Western University of Sydney

Amanda Third

WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO?

We want you to use the app naturally and we will collect data on this usage, such as your responses to questions within the modules. For example:

Your answering of these questions is entirely voluntary and not answering them won't impact on your ability to access further content.

If you agree to participate you do not have to complete any questions you are uncomfortable answering. Your decision to participate or not participate will in no way impact upon your current or future relationship with QUT (for example, your grades) or the AFLPA (for example, club membership). If you do agree to participate you can withdraw from the project without comment or penalty by contacting one of the research team. In this case, your responses will be excluded from further collection.

ARE THERE ANY RISKS INVOLVED WITH THIS?

There are minimal risks associated with your participation in this project. While some of the questions ask you about your current wellbeing, you can choose to skip over these questions. For example, should you be experiencing low wellbeing there is a small chance that asking you to reflect on your wellbeing will cause you experience negative emotions. However, this risk is minimised by making all of your answers optional.

In addition, QUT provides for limited free psychology, family therapy or counselling services (face-to-face only) 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 call the Clinic Receptionist on 07 3138 0999 (Monday–Friday only 9am–5pm), QUT Psychology and Counselling Clinic, 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, and indicate that you are a research participant.

Alternatively, Lifeline provides access to online, phone or face-to-face support, call 13 11 14 for 24-hour telephone crisis support. For young people aged between 5 and 25, you can also call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800. You can also find these resources listed within the app itself in the Menu on the Additional Support page.

WHAT ABOUT MY PRIVACY?

If you wish to participate in this study, any responses you make within the app, your app usage (for example, what modules you open, etc.), your use of the community feed (for example, when you ‘like’ other users’ posts and any content you post) will be collected in a potentially re-identifiable form. The research team will have access to the data, but will de-identify it prior to analysis. No identifiable information will be published.

Thus, while you supply your personal details on sign up, this is not used to identify your data during analysis. All comments and responses are anonymous and will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses.

Any data collected as part of this project will be stored securely as per QUT’s Management of Research Data policy. Please note that non-identifiable data from this project may be used as comparative data in future projects or stored on an open access database for secondary analysis.

The project is funded by the Movember Foundation, but they will not have access to the data obtained during the project.

EXPECTED BENEFITS

It is expected that this project will not directly benefit you. However, it will inform the further development of this app and may inform the development of other apps that seek to increase wellbeing at both an individual and community level. You will not be compensated for your time, because we do not wish you to use the app differently than people who do not participate.

CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE

If you consent to sharing your responses with the researchers listed, please indicate ‘yes’ on the registration page.
If you do not agree to participate in this project you can continue to use the app as you wish, and your responses will not be shared with these researchers.

BUT WAIT, I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS!

If you have any questions or require further information please contact one of the researchers listed below.

Nikki Peever: n.peever@hdr.qut.edu.au
Kellie Vella: kellie.vella@qut.edu.au
Daniel Johnson: dm. Johnson@qut.edu.au, +61 7 3138 9263

WHAT IF I HAVE COMPLAINTS OR CONCERNS REGARDING THE CONDUCT OF THE PROJECT?

QUT is committed to research 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 Advisory Team on 07 3138 5123 or email ethicscontact@qut.edu.au. The QUT Research Ethics Advisory Team is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an impartial manner. Use the reference number 1600001227.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING WITH THIS RESEARCH PROJECT.