Information for participants
By taking part in Ten to Men, you are helping us to make some important discoveries that will inform public policy and improve the lives of all Australian males.
Recent discoveries from the Ten to Men study include:
- A relationship breakup increases the risk of men starting to use alcohol or using it more, as well as starting to use marijuana and other illicit drugs.
- Compared to men living in major cities, men living in towns and regional centres are more likely to develop a physical health condition or anxiety.
- Living in a socio-economically disadvantaged area increases the risk of developing depression and anxiety.
- Becoming a father for the first time is associated with several positive changes, including a lower risk of developing depression and drinking to excess, and, for ex-smokers, a higher likelihood of staying off cigarettes.
Every few years, our researchers hit the pavement to find out how you are faring: what’s changed, what hasn’t, what’s working and what isn’t. Two waves have been completed so far, and planning and preparation for Wave 3 of Ten to Men is well underway. Fieldwork is due to commence in early 2020.
Ten to Men adheres to very strict privacy and ethical frameworks.
The study is bound by State and Commonwealth privacy laws, and we have set up a range of procedures to protect your privacy and confidentiality.
Participation is voluntary. (If you are thinking about leaving the study, please complete the online Contact form. A member of the study team will be in touch. Alternatively, you can call us on 1800 019 606.)
Personal information, such as name, date of birth, Medicare number and address, is separated from survey responses and from any health data we get from other sources. No-one can identify you from your survey answers.
We ask you for your Medicare details so that we can link your survey answers to other health data. This gives a much fuller picture of everyone's health and use of health services, especially between surveys. Adding this other information also means we can make the survey shorter, as we don't need to ask you to provide information we can find from other sources.
Personal information is not shared with anyone else and only authorised members of the study team have access to it. Likewise, your survey and health information from other sources are available only to authorised researchers.
Your privacy: Complaints
If you have any complaints about the way your personal information is handled, these may be investigated by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner, who has the power to award compensation if appropriate.
The first two waves of Ten to Men were approved by the University of Melbourne Human Research Ethics Committee. In 2018, oversight was given to the Australian Institute of Family Studies Human Research Ethics Committee.
If you or someone you know needs help, the Child Family and Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange has a reference guide with links to helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people and adults.
If you believe a person is in immediate danger, call Police on 000.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and you are unsure which service to call, phone:
- Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or
- Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Both are available from anywhere in Australia 24 hours a day (toll free) and provide generalist crisis counselling, information and referral services.
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For general information on Ten to Men: The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health, including the study’s aims and approach, see About the study.