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Student Voice and Chronic Illness

Seeking participants aged 13-20
We are looking for participants aged 13-20 (in school or who have graduated high school in the last two years) with a chronic illness, to fill in a screening survey and participate in an interview, either in person, at the University of Sydney, or via Skype/Zoom.

Interviews will take approximately 30 minutes and results will be compiled as part of a Education Honours project. It is hoped that the study will be used to educate pre-service and practising teachers in order to improve support for students at school with a chronic illness.

Ethics approval #2018/419 


You may be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • are aged between 13 and 20
  • currently attend high school or have graduated high school in the last two years 
  • have a chronic illness*

    * for the purposes of this study, The use of the terms ‘chronic conditions’ and ‘chronic illness’ refers to 'a broad range of chronic and complex health conditions across the spectrum of illness, including mental illness, trauma, disability and genetic disorders. Chronic conditions have complex and multiple causes; are generally long-term and persistent, and often lead to a gradual deterioration of health and loss of independence.'

    Australian Government Department of Health. (2017). Chronic Conditions. Retrieved from the Australian Government Department of Health website

How to participate

If you are interested in assisting with this important and exciting area of research, please contact the researcher, Kate Berger.