FAQs

The online survey

I have lost my survey link and/or password
Please call the Ten to Men Helpdesk on 1800 019 606, or email info@tentomen.org.au and we can provide you with your survey log-in information.

Can I use my smartphone/tablet to do the online survey?
Yes. The survey is compatible with smartphones and tablets.

I'm having difficulty accessing the online survey. What should I do?
Please call the Ten to Men Helpdesk on 1800 019 606, or email info@tentomen.org.au

I don't want to do it all in one go. Can I save it and come back and finish it later?
Yes. You can save your survey and finish it at a later time. Make sure you save before exiting, or you will have to start again.

I’m experiencing technical difficulties with my survey. Who can I speak to?
You can call the Ten to Men Helpdesk on 1800 019 606, or email your query to info@tentomen.org.au

How secure is the online survey?
To ensure that your information is kept secure, we use strong encryption technology. This means that the information you send is not able to be read by anyone, except those involved in the study who are authorised to access it. Your information will be confidential and any information linking you to your responses will be removed or stored separately. You can also help ensure the security of your information by keeping your log in details in a secure place.

Can I complete my survey over the phone?
Yes, we’re happy to administer your survey over the phone. To organise to complete your survey over the phone, please call the Ten to Men Helpdesk on 1800 019 606. Please note that some participants might find some of the survey content sensitive and therefore feel more comfortable answering the survey online.

About Ten to Men

What is Ten to Men?
Ten to Men is a study on male health. It is a longitudinal study, meaning that we return to participants every few years for an update (a ‘wave’) so we can understand how changing life stages and circumstances affect men’s health and wellbeing over time. This is the first nation-wide longitudinal study of men’s health in Australia.

Why does my participation in Ten to Men matter?
Looking at participants’ health over time, we can see how health-related experiences and behaviours in early life affect health and wellbeing in later life. That’s what makes the Ten to Men study different. The longer you and other participants continue in the study, the clearer the picture becomes about men’s long term health and wellbeing. Data from the study is analysed to identify what could most help improve the health of Australian men and boys.

Why is the study called ‘Ten to Men’?
The study’s name refers to the age range of participants at Wave 1 (10-55 years – from age ten to men). It also refers to the study following participants over time, as the 10-year-old cohort grow into men. The study is also known as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health (ALSMH).

Who funds the study?
The study is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. If you would like more information on the Department of Health, you can visit their website.

How will the data be used?
Ten to Men was developed as part of the Australian Government’s 2010 National Male Health Policy. Data from the study will be used by researchers and policy makers to improve our understanding of men’s health in Australia, and to inform Government policies and programs related to men’s health. 

To see some of the findings that have emerged from Ten to Men so far, visit Research findings.

I’d like more information about the study. Who can I speak to?
You can contact the Ten to Men Helpdesk on 1800 019 606, or email your query to info@tentomen.org.au

The survey questions

Why are you interested in these topics?
The National Men's Health Strategy 2020-2030 identified several priority areas for male health. The topics covered in Ten to Men have been selected in order to inform these priority areas.

Who came up with the questions?
Many of the questions for Wave 4 have been included in the previous waves of Ten to Men. This is common in longitudinal surveys to compare responses to the same questions over time. Some new questions have also been included. Several of these questions have been used in other Australian or international research. Questions for Wave 4 were selected by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, in consultation with men’s health stakeholders and a group of leading researchers. Find out more information on the study team.

What if I don’t want to answer some of the questions?
You are free to skip over any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering. If a question upsets you, you can talk to the study team (1800 019 606), who can give you information about support services. Contact details for support services are also provided within the survey.

Gift cards

Do I get paid for taking part?

No, but in recognition of your ongoing participation, a $20 e-gift card will be emailed/mailed to you once you submit your survey. You can choose to spend this at a selected retailer or ask us to donate it to Beyond Blue or the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia on your behalf. 

Where can I spend my e-gift card?
You can choose to spend your $20 e-gift card at any of these retailers: Barbeques Galore, Boating Camping and Fishing (BCF), Bunnings, Drummond Golf, Dymocks, Freedom, Kathmandu, Rebel Sport, Supercheap Auto, or Target.

Can I receive my e-gift card by mail?

Yes. If you do not have an email address, you can choose to receive your $20 e-gift card by mail. Please note that not all retailers are available for this option, and there could be a delay in receiving your e-gift card by mail compared to email.

Data storage and security

Who has access to the data?
Your personal and contact information is not shared with anyone else and only authorised members of the study team have access to them. Likewise, your survey data and health data from other sources are available only to authorised researchers. This data is provided in a form in which you cannot be identified.

Where is the data stored?
The data will be stored by the Social Research Centre in accordance with strict security procedures. Data will be stored on password-protected computers. Only authorised researchers can access the data, and only in a form in which you cannot be identified. 

How is my privacy protected?
Ten to Men adheres to strict privacy laws and ethical frameworks. The study is bound by state and Commonwealth privacy laws, and we have a range of procedures to protect your privacy and confidentiality. Personal information, such as your name, date of birth, and address is separated from your survey responses and from any health information we obtain from other sources. In addition, all researchers using the data must sign a deed of confidentiality. These measures ensure that no-one can identify you from your survey answers.

For more information, see the Research Information Privacy Policy on the Social Research Centre website.

Why do you need my consent?
Ethical research practices require that all participants provide informed consent to take part in the survey. This means that you are informed about the purpose of the research, who is conducting the research, what happens to your information and how you can refuse to take part without penalty.

Ten to Men asks for your consent to take part in Wave 4, which occurs when you complete the survey.

Do I have to participate?
No. Participation in Ten to Men is voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any time. If you wish to leave the study, please call us on 1800 019 606.

Does Ten to Men have ethical clearance?
Yes. Ethics clearance is given by the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ Human Research Ethics Committee. If you would like to contact the AIFS Ethics Committee, the details are as follows: 

N: AIFS Ethics Committee Secretariat
T: (03) 9214 7888
E: ethicssecretariat@aifs.gov.au

Data linkage

What is data linkage?
Data linkage involves bringing together data from multiple sources. For participants who gave permission in previous waves, we will once again link your Ten to Men survey responses with data sources such as the Medicare Benefits Schedule.  This will add immense value to the study by:

  • providing detailed and accurate information about health and health outcomes;
  • adding valuable information that might not otherwise be included in Ten to Men; and
  • letting us remove some of the more detailed questions from the survey. This helps reduce the length of the survey and enhances your survey experience.

Wave 4 survey

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Our new survey is open and ready for you to complete.
Find out more

Confidentiality and Privacy Brochure

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Everything you need to know about Ten to Men’s privacy commitment.

Download the Privacy Brochure [PDF, 2.5 MB]