Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any risks to participating in the clinical studies?
Participating in the clinic visit will have minimal effects on your health. The side effects of taking a bronchodilator medication (Ventolin) when doing a spirometry test are not common, but it can lead to slightly raised heart rate or tremor in the hands. This should only last for a few minutes. 

Are there any benefits to participating in the TAHS research?
There are no direct benefits to you by participating in this study, apart from the possibility of new information about your lung function. A great deal of new knowledge will be made available to the medical community through research publications. A possible benefit you may experience could be when physicians make use of the knowledge generated by the study when caring their patients.

Does participating in this research affect my health insurance?
Participating in this study will have no effect on your health (medical) insurance or your access to health care. Participating in this study will have no effect on any life, trauma, or disability insurance policies you currently hold.

How is my privacy protected?
Any information that we collect for this research will be treated as confidential. We can disclose the information only with your permission, except as required by law. Privacy and confidentiality of your data will be ensured by storing de-identified data within restricted access, password-protected folder on the University of Melbourne’s server. This means that when storing your data, we will remove your name and give the information a special code number. Only the research team can match your name to its code number if it is necessary to do so.

How can I learn about the findings from the studies?
You can learn about the findings of this study through our participant newsletter. You can also visit our website to learn more about the study and to read our published papers. Alternatively, if you want to read a pdf copy of some of the published papers, you can contact the TAHS project coordinator, Alice Doherty (email:

I would be happy to do a health survey, what are my options to do this?
For your convenience, you can choose to complete the health survey online. You can click on this link to let us know whether you prefer to do a postal health survey or an electronic one.  

I have some concerns about the TAHS study, who do I contact?
If you have any concerns or complaints about the conduct of this research, which you do not wish to discuss with the research team, you should contact the Research Integrity Administrator, Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010. Tel: +61 8344 1376 or Email: All complaints will be treated confidentially. Alternatively, you can submit a concern or complaint form anonymously. 

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