Participant Information Statement

A pilot trial of the Uprise Return to Work program

What is the research study about?

You are invited to take part in this research study of the Workable by Uprise program which aims to evaluate the acceptability and effectiveness of the program. Preliminary steps of this research study include the pilot testing of the intervention to ensure the program is acceptable and useful for injured workers such as yourself.

Uprise is a mental healthtech company that provides evidence-based, digital mental resilience programs for employees. The Workable program aims to assist injured workers who experience early mental health symptoms as an impediment to returning to work to reduce their return to work time compared to care as usual.

Your invitation to participate in the research study does not necessarily imply that you are experiencing a mental illness. Workable by Uprise is a preventative approach to mental health and thus, not for people who have been clinically diagnosed with a mental illness.

To participate in this research study you need to meet the following inclusion criteria:

• You currently live in Australia

• You are 18 – 59 years of age

• You have a sick leave duration of 2 to 26 weeks

• Not currently engaged in legal action against your employer

What are the possible benefits to participation?

By participating in the study you will gain access to a program that may help you attain a speedier and successful return to work.

Uprise Workable program is the modified version of a program evaluated in Sweden and the Netherlands that has demonstrated a reduction in time to RTW compared to care as usual and we are hoping to see similar results to participants in this research.

The information obtained from this study will be used to guide future programs to support injured workers.

Do I have to take part in this research study?

Participation in any research study is voluntary. If you do not want to take part, you do not have to. Your decision will not affect your relationship with Uprise, the Black Dog Institute, The University of New South Wales, your insurer or your employer.

If you decide you want to take part in the research study, you will be asked to:

• Read the information carefully (ask questions via email if necessary);

• Complete the online questionnaire.

What does participation in this research require, and are there any risks involved?

The Uprise program involves completing one video module per week and a coaching call. Modules require ~ 15 minutes per week. Homework exercises are optional but recommended and can take up to one hour per week. The coaching calls are mandatory and can be booked between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and run for up to 60 minutes.

Also, you will be required to answer online questionnaires before starting and after the program, as well as 3 and 12 months after finishing. You will also be asked to answer a question via SMS each month for up to 12 months after finishing

Aside from assigning some time within your work day to complete the program, we do not expect that there will be any risks or costs associated with taking part in this study. No information that could personally identify you will be shared with your employer or insurer unless it’s an emergency and you disclose that you are suicidal or homicidal. In an emergency situation, Uprise staff will contact necessary services such as police or ambulance services, your nominated treating doctor and your insurer to arrange additional support options on your behalf.

If you experience discomfort or feelings of distress while participating in the research and you require support, you can stop participating at any time. You can also tell a member of the research team and they will refer you to appropriate support services. The contact details for the Research Team are provided below.

What will happen to information about me?

By clicking the ‘agree to participate’ button you are providing your permission for the research team to collect and use information that you provide for the research study. Your data will be kept for 7 years.

Your information will be stored securely on encrypted Amazon Web Services servers and your identity/information will be kept strictly confidential.

How and when will I find out what the results of the research study are?

The research team intend to publish and/ report the results of the research study in a variety of ways. All information published will be done in a way that will not identify you.

You can tell us that you wish to receive feedback by providing us with an email address at the end of the study. This feedback will be in the form of a brief lay summary plus information about upcoming related projects. You will receive and read this feedback after the study is finished.

What if I want to withdraw from the research study?

If you do consent to participate, you may withdraw at any time. You can do so by emailing the team at n.kugenthiran@blackdog.org.au or you can contact the Chief Investigator (details below). If you decide to leave the research study, the researchers will not collect additional information from you. You can withdraw your questionnaire responses any time before you have submitted the questionnaire. If you decide to leave the research study, the researchers will destroy any information that has already been collected and no additional information will be collected from you.

Your decision not to participate or to withdraw from the study, will not affect your relationship with Uprise, the Black Dog Institute, or UNSW Sydney.

What should I do if I have further questions about my involvement in the research study?

If you require further information regarding this study or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the study, you can contact the following member/s of the research team:

Research Team Contact

Name: A/Prof Samuel Harvey

Position: Chief Investigator and Head of Workplace Mental Health Research Group

Telephone: (02) 9382 4517

Email: s.harvey@unsw.edu.au

If at any stage during the project you become distressed or require additional support from someone not directly involved in the research, please call:

Contact for feelings of distress

Name/Organisation: beyondblue - www.beyondblue.org.au

Position: Counsellors/information

Telephone: 1300 22 4636

Email: www.beyondblue.org.au

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

If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted, then you may contact:

Complaints Contact

Position: Human Research Ethics Coordinator

Telephone: + 61 2 9385 6222

Email: humanethics@unsw.edu.au

HC Reference Number: HC190114

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