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 has been designed to be 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 it and finish it at a later time. Make sure you have saved before exiting though 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.

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 boys’ and men’s health and wellbeing over time. This is the first study nation-wide longitudinal study of men’s health in Australia.

Why does my participation in Ten to Men matter?
Researchers use information collected from you to identify what could most help improve the health and wellbeing of Australian men and boys. The longer you and other participants continue in the study, the clearer the picture becomes about the key factors that impact on health and wellbeing. 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.

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 ten to men). It also refers to the study following participants over time, as the 10-year-old cohort grow into men. 

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 Australian Government’s 2010 National Male Health Policy 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 3 have been included in the previous two waves of Ten to Men, though some new questions have also been included. Several of these questions have been used in other Australian or international research. Selection of the questions for Wave 3 was overseen by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, in consultation with men’s health stakeholders and a consortium of leading researchers. Find out more information on the study team.

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

Wave 3

Do I get paid for taking part?
No, but as compensation for your time and in recognition of your ongoing participation, we will be giving you a $20 eGift card for completing the survey. In addition, we will be giving a $200 eGift card to five randomly-selected respondents who complete the survey online before 14 November 2019.

How do I know if I was randomly selected to receive a $200 gift card?
Winners will be notified via telephone and published on the website.

When will I know if I was randomly selected to receive a $200 gift card?
Winners will be notified no more than two weeks after 14 November 2019.

How do I change my home visit appointment time?
Please contact the Ten to Men helpdesk on 1800 019 606. We will be happy to arrange another time for completing the survey that is convenient to you.

During the home visit, do I have to let the interviewer into my home?
No. The interviewer will only come into your home if you invite them. You can complete the survey with or without the interviewer in your home.

Can you send me a hard copy of the survey?
Yes. To arrange to have a paper copy of the survey mailed to you, please call the Ten to Men Helpdesk on 1800 019 606.

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

Data storage and security

Who has access to the data?
Your personal and contact information are 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. Electronic data will be stored on password-protected computers, while paper surveys will be kept in locked cabinets. Only authorised researchers can access them.

Privacy and consent

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 set up a range of procedures to protect your privacy and confidentiality. Personal information, such as your name, date of birth, address, and Medicare number, 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.

Find out more about Research information Privacy Policy on the Social Research Centre website.

Why do you need my consent?
Ethical research practises 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 two types of consent:

  1. Consent to take part in Wave 3, which occurs when you complete the survey;
  2. Consent for data linkage to other data sources ( Department of Human Services Consent Form ).

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:

AIFS Ethics Committee Secretariat
T: (03) 9214 7888
W: aifs.gov.au/contact-ethics-committee

Data linkage

What is data linkage?
Data linkage involves bringing together data from multiple sources. This wave, we are seeking permission to link your Ten to Men survey responses with your Department of Human Services data. When you use a health service, like going to a doctor or dentist, this visit is recorded by the Department of Human Services (but not the reason for your visit). Linking this information with your Ten to Men survey responses 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 able to be included in Ten to Men; and
  • providing an opportunity to remove some of the more detailed questions from the survey. This helps reduce the length of the survey and enhances the survey experience for participants. 

Confidentiality and Privacy brochure

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

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Download the Confidentiality and Privacy brochure [PDF, 1.8 MB]

Ten to Men Wave 3 brochure

Learn all about our Ten to Men Wave 3 survey

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Download the Study Information brochure [PDF, 845 KB]