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Participant anonymity and confidentiality are guaranteed throughout the study. All research and studies associated with the MSOD Project comply with the Privacy Act 1988 (and future amendments), and the National Privacy Principles (APPs) and Australian Privacy Principles guidelines which apply from March 2014. Copies of these documents can be found on the Information Commissioner’s website ( Personal information will be kept confidential and data will be stored and managed in a de-identified form by the Australian Health of Institute and Welfare (AIHW).


Participation in this project is entirely voluntary. The data collected through the MSOD Project will be published each year in the MSOD National Data Report . Further analysis may be done by Medical Deans, government agencies or other researchers with the appropriate ethical clearance and in accordance with our Data Access Policy. Data analysis will be conducted using protocols that ensure strict privacy and security of the data and reports will never identify individuals. Consent to complete the MSOD survey is provided by the participant via a tick box at the start of the questionnaire. Participants can withdraw their consent to continue to participate in the MSOD Project at any time by contacting Medical Deans office on 02 8084 6557 or


In accordance with the ethics requirements of Australian universities, an ethics application has been lodged and approved at each of the participating universities in the MSOD project. An ethics file number is assigned to the approved application at each university and is provided below. Should you like to learn more about the local ethics processes, make an enquiry or lodge a complaint please refer to the appropriate website below and quote the unique ethics file number for the relevant university.

University Ethics File Number Human Research Ethics Website
Australian National University 2019/304 Click to visit website
Bond University RO894 Click to visit website
Curtin University HRE2021-0504-04 Click to visit website
Deakin University 2007-319 Click to visit website
Flinders University HEL2813-1 Click to visit website
Griffith University 2020/714 Click to visit website
James Cook University H3194 Click to visit website
Macquarie University
IDl 10431
Click to visit website
Monash University 10044 Click to visit website
The University of Adelaide H-2020-199 Click to visit website
The University of Melbourne 2057999.1 Click to visit website
The University of Newcastle H-2008-0378 Click to visit website
University of New England H-2008-0378 Ethics administered by Newcastle on behalf of UNE. Refer to Newcastle contact details. Quote UNE ethics file number.
The University of Notre Dame 2019/304 Click to visit website
The University of Queensland 2008002089 Click to visit website
The University of Sydney 2022/544 Click to visit website
The University of Western Australia 2020/ET000183 Click to visit website
The University of New South Wales 2006/329 Shares Ethics with University of Wollongong
University of Tasmania H0026869 Click to visit website
University of Wollongong 2006/329 Click to visit website
Western Sydney University H14002H5328 Click to visit website