Participation in the Integrated Population Medicine Program

What does the program involve?

You are being asked to share your experience of your chronic health condition/s with a student by allowing him or her to contact you approximately every six to eight weeks between February and December 2014.

These contacts may include (with your consent):

  • Meeting at a mutually agreeable time and place to discuss your experiences. This could be at your home, a clinic or another suitable public place.
  • Meeting with your family or carer/s.
  • Being present at a health care service appointment as an observer.
  • Contacting you by phone, email or other means (e.g. Skype) if face-to-face meetings are impractical.
  • Recording contacts either electronically or in writing.
  • Taking photographs (if appropriate).

The content of these meetings may include (with your consent) but are not limited to:

  • A history of your condition experience and a profile of your personal risk factors and preventative strategies for your condition/s.
  • A profile of your community and a discussion with you about where you live, and how that affects your health and health care.
  • Questions about the costs of your health care, how you manage them and what impact cost has on your ability to receive care.
  • Your understanding of health messages about your condition given to you by doctors, organisations and the media.
  • Cultural issues impacting on your health care. These might be, for example, your ethnicity, sexuality, religion, or socio-economic status.

How much time will the program take?

During the 10-month duration of the program, your student may contact you around 5 times. The times are negotiable between you and the student but it is anticipated that no single contact would need to exceed one hour in duration. Therefore the maximum time commitment over the 10-month period is 5-6 hours.

What do I do next?

If you would like to be part of the IPM program, please contact the Population Medicine Program Administrator, Ms Luise Kazda on 02 9036-5360 or via email.