Participant Information and Consent

Monash University

Explanatory Statement

Managing patient deterioration: evaluating the First2ActWeb simulation program

Project Number: CF13/3511 – 2013001811
DATE: 28/11/13

My name is Simon Cooper and I am a Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Federation University, Australia and a Visiting Professor at Brighton University (UK). Co-investigators on the project are: Dr Robyn Cant, Dr Jo Porter, and Ruben Hopmans (Monash University) and A/Prof Fiona Bogossian (The University of Queensland).

You are invited to take part in this evaluation of First2ActWeb. Please read this Explanatory Statement in full before making a decision to proceed with the program.


Studies indicate that the management of deteriorating patients can be improved. Simulation based training has been shown to improve knowledge and clinical skills.


First2ActWeb is an open access simulation based program that aims to enhance the management of deteriorating patients. This project aims to evaluate outcomes from the program including participant performance, educational impact and program evaluation.

What does the research involve?

If you choose to participate you will be able to complete all aspects of the First2ActWeb program during which your performance results will be fed back to you and you will be able to evaluate the program. Background data will be collected, through the web master, in order for us to understand how individuals perform in the multiple choice questionnaires (MCQs) and in the scenarios, and how the program is evaluated.

How much time will the research take?

The First2ActWeb program takes from 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.

Possible benefits

The program and research has the potential to enhance your management of deteriorating patients and to benefit clinical education through an enhanced understanding of performance and web based learning. Longer term impacts will be reflected in curricula changes and work place training.


You are unlikely to suffer any inconvenience or discomfort whilst undertaking this program. You may withdraw at any point or return to the program at your convenience.

Funding source

This project is funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Australia (formerly the Australian Learning and Teaching Council).


There is no payment or reward, financial or otherwise, offered for participation in this project.

Can I withdraw from the research?

By commencing the program you are consenting to participate. You can discontinue the program at any point. Where identifiable you can request that your data record is removed by contacting the program lead Simon Cooper.


Your participation is confidential. To track your data you will be potentially identifiable through your log on details, however such records will only be disclosed to the above named research team. Reports from this study may be submitted for publication, but individual participants will not be identifiable in any reports.

Storage of data

Data collected will be stored in accordance with Monash University regulations, electronic copies will be password protected and hard copies will be kept on University premises, in a locked filing cabinet for 5 years.


If you would like to be informed of the aggregate research findings, please contact the chief investigator Dr Simon Cooper – as below.

If you would like to contact the researchers about any aspect of this study, please contact the Chief Investigator: If you have a complaint concerning the manner in which this research (Project Number: CF13/3511 – 2013001811) is being conducted, please contact:

Chief Investigator
Prof Simon Cooper

Executive Officer
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)
Building 3e Room 111
Research Office
Monash University VIC 3800

Tel: +61 3 9905 2052
Fax: +61 3 9905 3831

Thank you
Dr Simon Cooper