Purpose of Volunteer Research Register
You are invited to submit your details to the Black Dog Institute Volunteer Research Register. The purpose of the register is to notify you about research studies in which you might be interested in taking part.

Description of Register and risks
The Black Dog Institute conducts a large program of many different kinds of research studies in mood disorders. We are always looking for people – both with and without mood disorders – to take part in the research studies. At the same time, we receive many offers from people who want to take part in research in order to help advance scientific knowledge about mood disorders. In order to help this happen, we are developing a register of people who have said they would like to be involved in our research studies.

The Volunteer Research Register is designed to securely store your name, contact details and some basic information about you, such as the year in which you were born, whether you have ever been diagnosed with a mental health problem, and whether you have participated in any Black Dog Institute research studies previously. In that way, we can contact you if a new research study is started in which you might be interested. Also, it allows us to avoid asking you for the same information each time you take part in a research study.

If you decide to join the Black Dog Institute Volunteer Research Register, the
Register Administrator will periodically send you information about a research study for which you might be suitable - for you to decide if you would like to be involved. The decision is entirely yours. If you are interested in being involved, we will ask you to give us your consent to give your name and contact details to the Researcher leading the specific research study. Your details will not be given to other Researchers, unless you specifically give your consent.

We will securely store your details in the Volunteer Research Register within a password-protected database. Only the Black Dog Institute Volunteer
Research Register Administrator will have access to the database.

Possible benefits of joining the Volunteer Research Register include hearing about Black Dog Institute research studies when they first come on stream (that is, you won’t need to continually check the endeavour for new research studies), and avoiding the need to supply the same information about yourself for each research study in which you take part. However, we cannot and do not guarantee or promise that you will receive any benefits from a study.

Health Questions
To join the Volunteer Research Register, you will need to complete an online form, located below the Participant Information Statement and Terms of Use box. The completion of this form will take approximately 3 minutes. You will be asked questions about your personal details, your mental health history, and optional questions about previous study participation at the Black Dog Institute and UNSW. The Volunteer
Research Register Administrator will then phone you to confirm your details. There are no anticipated risks to the process - unless you supply us with contact details that are not suitable (e.g. not private) for us to contact you.

We ask that you provide accurate responses to these questions, so that you can receive study invitations that are appropriate for your specific circumstances. Please refer to the Privacy Policy section of this document for further information.

Confidentiality and disclosure of information
Any information that is obtained in connection with the Black Dog Institute Volunteer Research Register and that can be identified with you will remain confidential and will be disclosed only with your permission, except as required by law.

If you give us your permission by joining the Volunteer Research Register, we plan to publish papers about the use of volunteer research registers in academic journals or conferences for the purpose of scientific advancement. In any publication, information will be provided in such a way that you cannot be identified. Please refer to the Privacy Policy section of this document for further information.

Complaints may be directed to the Ethics Secretariat, The University of New South Wales, SYDNEY 2052 AUSTRALIA (phone 9385 4234, fax 9385 6648, email Any complaint you make will be investigated promptly and you will be informed out the outcome.

At any time, you may contact the Black Dog Institute Volunteer Research Register Administrator for information about new studies coming on stream. Feedback from the individual studies in which you take part will be provided to you by the Researchers concerned.

Your consent
Taking part in the Research Participant Registry is voluntary. Your decision whether or not to participate in the Volunteer Research Register is separate from any clinical care you may be involved in and it will not prejudice your future relations with the University of New South Wales and the Black Dog Institute.

If you no longer wish to be registered with the Volunteer Research Register you can do so by logging in and withdrawing your consent at any time without prejudice. This will send a request to the Volunteer Research Register Administrator to disable your account, your information will be withdrawn from the Volunteer Research Register database and you will no longer be contacted by the Volunteer Research Register about future research studies. Please allow 7 days for your account deactivation to be processed.

Please read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us. You can contact Black Dog Institute Volunteer Research Register Administrator on or if you have further questions, you can contact A/Professor Judy Proudfoot on
Last modified: Friday, 25 November 2016, 12:26 PM