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Workforce survey of Australian nurses involved in eye care

Australian nurses engaged in eye care are invited to complete an anonymous survey to better understand the current eye care nursing workforce, and understand how nurses can be attracted into the profession in the future.

This project is being conducted by the Centre for Eye Research Australia and the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital and is supported by the Australian Ophthalmic Nurses Association.

It involves e-surveying current Australian nurses engaged in eye care, in a range of health care settings.

The intent of the project is to provide the nursing and wider sector with foundation data to assist their workforce planning.

It also aims to help the nursing fraternity evaluate the use of nurses in eye care and develop strategies to attract and retain nurses into the profession long term, and safeguard eye care service for Australians.

To take part in this survey, please first read the information below before proceeding to the link at the bottom of this page.

Information for participants


Project title: Workforce survey of Australian nurses involved in eye care

Researchers: Heather Machin RN (Principal Researcher), Mark Daniell MD (Associate Researcher)

Contact email: [email protected]

Location: Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (including Eye and Ear on the Park, St Andrews Place, East Melbourne) and the Centre for Eye Research Australia.

Purpose and background

This research seeks to:

  • capture specific information relating to current nurse workforce providers
  • capture their opinion on the value of nurses in eye care
  • explore how the profession may prepare for the future and attract and retain nurses into the field.
  • The intent is to provide the nursing and wider eye care and healthcare sectors with foundation data to assist their workforce planning, and assist the nursing fraternity to evaluate and improve the perception of eye care nursing, in order to attract nurses into the profession.
  • This research has been initiated by Registered Nurse Heather Machin (MBA, PhDc) as the Principal Researcher, with support from the Australia Ophthalmic Nurses Association.

Who can participate

You are invited to participate in this study if you are a nurse in Australia who provides care to patients requiring eye health services.

To participate, you must be:

What is involved

Participation in this project will involve completing an anonymous e-survey.

The survey will contain a variety of question types, including general questions e.g. gender, age, State/Territory you reside.

The remaining questions will involve a variety of questions (e.g. yes/no, multiple-choice, open response questions) specific to our study.

When responding to open response questions, and you do not want to be directly or indirectly identified, then ensure that your comments do not include information that may identify you (directly or indirectly).

The survey is expected to take 15 minutes to complete.

Possible benefits

There will be no immediate benefits from your participation in this research, however findings may indicate possible future opportunities for Australian nurses and the Australian eye care sector.

Possible risks

There are no risks involved in this project however we accept the delicacy of the conversation and information shared.

Our researchers will adhere to strict ethical and privacy law requirements.

Alternatives to participation

You may choose not to participate in this project.

Participation is voluntary

Participation in any research project is voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to.

Your decision as to whether to take part or not to take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will not affect your current position as a nurse.

If you have any questions, please contact the Principal Researcher Ms Heather Machin.

Proceed through to the consent process only after you have had a chance to ask questions and have received satisfactory answers.

Privacy, confidentiality and disclosure of information

The survey response we collect from you will be retained for 7 years. At the end of this period, the electronic data will be deleted from databases and servers and paper data will be shredded and destroyed.

Electronic data will be stored at the Centre for Eye Research Australia, University of Melbourne on a password protected server in a specific project folder on a secure network. Only those researchers mentioned on the project will have access to this information.

Any paper copies shall be stored in a locked filing cabinet. In accordance with relevant Australian and/or Victorian privacy and other relevant laws, the survey will be presented on a secure online platform. Only your deidentified anonymous responses will be transferred to our researchers.

As your participation is anonymous to our researchers, they will not be able to identify you, and they will not be able to contact you. Survey responses will be electronically collated and presented at the group level only. We plan to publish the results in appropriate peer-reviewed scientific journals, and/or presentation.

If you would like to know more about your involvement in the study or about any aspect of the research at any stage, please contact our Team.


Not applicable to this research project.

Reimbursement for your costs

You will not be paid for your participation in this research.

Ethical guidelines

The ethical aspects of this research project have been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital.

This project will be carried out according to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.

This statement has been developed to protect the interests of people who agree to participate in human research studies.

Take the survey now

By proceeding, you agree that you have read the above information and voluntarily agree to participate.

Take the survey online

If you would like to take the survey, please click through to begin.

The survey should take under 15 minutes to complete.

Who can I contact?

The person you may need to contact will depend on the nature of your query.

Therefore, please note the following below contacts.

First point of contact

As your first point, please contact Ms Heather Machin via:

Phone: (03) 9929 8377

Email: [email protected]

For complaints

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact:

Position: HREC Secretary

Phone: (03) 9929 8525

Email: [email protected]

You will need to tell the Secretary the name of the researchers listed above.

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