First of all, congratulations, you've hit the jackpot! Not many people got these personally-addressed invitations! In fact it's likely that no-one else you know got one! How special is that?!
By responding, you are not committing to anything other than receiving a phone call from one of us to give you more information about the study. All you’ve got to lose is a 10-minute conversation. We will, however, do our best to convince you it would be an excellent idea to sign up! But even if we can’t get you on board, there is still value to our research project in knowing why you don’t want to participate.
The testing will take place at Level 5, 215 Spring St Melbourne. We’re right outside Parliament Station. Just take the Lonsdale St exit from the station, cross Spring St and walk almost straight into our building. Take the lift to the 5th floor, report to reception and one of us will come to meet you.
First of all we give all participants a snazzy, exclusive limited edition iMAP fridge magnet! We’ll also give you a $50 gift voucher at the end of the second testing session, with another $50 after re-testing in 2 years’ time. There will be 2 extra lots of $30 if you sign up for 2 MRI scans, also 2 years apart. A potential total of $160 – plus the fridge magnet! We’ll also give you a report on your physical activity, and sitting and sleep patterns from the monitoring week. And last but not least, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a vital contribution to a major international research study on a very important and current topic that affects us all. (And you’ll help us beat Hong Kong and Barcelona in our little recruitment competition.)
We obtained your contact details from the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). This is what they say:
“The AEC may provide Commonwealth Electoral Roll (the electoral roll) information for the purpose of conducting medical research. This is permitted under item 2 of the table in subsection 90B(4) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (the Electoral Act). All applications for electoral roll information are governed by regulation 11 of the Electoral and Referendum Regulation 2016. It requires medical researchers to adhere to the National Health and Medical Research Council Guidelines under Section 95 of the Privacy Act 1988 (the NHMRC Guidelines).
The iMAP study was approved by the Australian Catholic University Human Research Ethics Committee. It was then assessed by the AEC and found to be suitable and valuable research for them to support, and to have the necessary safeguards in place to protect privacy. By using the electoral roll, we could identify specific people (50-79 years old), living in the targeted neighbourhoods. That’s the only information the AEC has provided us, just enough to post our letters of invitation.
Remember, by responding to the letter you are only committing to hearing more about the study via a phone call. We’ll also happily answer any questions you might have. And if you are interested but participation might be difficult – the time commitment, the timing of the commitment, getting to the testing centre, and so on – we have some options we can offer to help overcome those hurdles. We will certainly encourage you to sign up, but it won’t be a pressure-tactics hard-sell call. If you are a “no” we’ll thank you for your time and take you out of our database so you don’t get follow-up reminders.