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How much of my time will the survey take?

We estimate that the survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Can I withdraw from the survey once I’ve started?

You can withdraw from the survey at any time by simply closing your browser window. However, your responses to the survey questions up to the point at which you stopped, will be included in the study.

Are there any risks for me?

We don’t expect the survey questions will cause harm. However, it is possible that reflecting on drug use experiences, or issues connected to sexuality and gender, could cause distress for some participants. If you experience feelings of distress as a result of participation in this study you can contact these services that provide free, confidential support to LGBTQ individuals.

Are there any benefits for me?

We intend to use information gathered from this survey to inform service providers and policymakers about ways to improve services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. So, in this way, you may receive indirect benefits as a result of your participation in this study.

What will happen to information about me that is collected in the survey?

Survey data is being collected using REDCap, which is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. Data entered into REDCap runs on the University of Sydney’s servers.

We do not ask any information about you in the survey that identifies you as an individual, for example your name or email address. Also, the demographic information we collect is general, for example your age (in years) and the state/territory in which you live, rather than your date of birth and postcode.

If you provide your contact details to receive the project report via the form on this website, this information is collected and stored completely separately from survey responses, which are collected via the online survey software.

By clicking the ‘I understand and agree to participate’ button on the first page of the survey you are providing your consent for the research team to collect and use information about you for the study.

Will I be told the results of the study?

To receive results of the study you can fill out the form on this website. You will be directed to this online form when you have completed the survey. This feedback will be in the form of an email update with a plain-language summary. If you don’t want to provide your contact details, you can visit this website at any time.

Who is running the study?

The study is being carried out by the following researchers:

Professor Kane Race (University of Sydney)
Dr Kiran Pienaar (Monash University)
Dr Toby Lea (University of New South Wales)
Dr Dean Murphy (University of Sydney)

What if I would like further information about the study?

If you would like to know more at any stage during the study, please feel free to contact Professor Kane Race at kane.race@sydney.edu.au

What if I have a complaint or any concerns about the study?

If you are concerned about the way this study is being conducted or you wish to make a complaint to someone independent from the study, please contact the university using the details outlined below. Please quote the study title and protocol number: Chemical Practices (Project no. 2017/735).

The Manager, Ethics Administration, University of Sydney:

+61 2 8627 8177

Support Services

If at any stage during the survey you become distressed or require professional support please contact one of these services.


Free national telephone and web counselling for LGBTI people, available 3pm-12am daily.

Beyond Blue

Free national telephone support available 24 hours/7 days a week.


Substance-support counselling (face-to-face and phone counselling available Monday to Friday)


Thorne Harbour Health (Vic)

Face-to-face and phone counselling available Monday to Friday.

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