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Research Consent

Kardinia Health Research Consent for Patients 

Consent to utilise your de-identified data for safety and quality purposes and for other ethically approved research projects. 

Kardinia Health values the importance of research and the potential benefits research findings can bring to our patients. As a general practice that is involved in academic research and training, we use an opt-out policy in relation to consent for research. This means that we could use your de-identified medical data for research purposes, or we may invite you to participate in ethically approved research projects unless you tell us otherwise. 

If you do not want your de-identified data utilised in any way for research purposes or to be notified about opportunities to be engaged with research, please notify reception on 5202 9333 or email us at stating that you do not want your de-identified data utilised for research along with your name, home address and email. We will confirm with you that you and your data will not be utilised for future research projects. If you change your mind, please let us know. Note: if you elect to withdraw from any research involvement, your relationship with your GP or the care you receive at Kardinia Health will not be impacted. 


De-identified data – Deidentified or de-identification is the process used to prevent someone’s personal identity from being revealed. It means that in our research, any report or publication produced, you and your data remain non-identifiable and therefore your identity is protected. 

Ethically approved research project – is a project that has been approved by an ethics committee as meeting the Australia’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. 

Data linkage – This is where a linkage key is created, which allows the identification of records belonging to the same person. This linkage key is then used to identify the clinical records for that person, held by each data custodian (other databases), while ensuring the identifiable information remains protected from the researchers (that is, you remain anonymous). 

For further information please contact our research manager: