A social practice approach to improving cruise passenger health

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The South Eastern Sydney Public Health Unit and the University of Sydney are conducting a new study to help understand how passengers think about healthy cruising behaviour. We'd like to know how cruise ship passengers respond to health risks and what do they do to prevent them. How can this help us to prevent or contain infectious diseases on cruise ships? 

The researchers are now recruiting Sydney families who are booked to go on a cruise and are willing to provide a couple of hours of their time.

You will receive a $150 gift card as payment.

This study has received ethics approval from the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District HREC LNR Committee [2018/ETH000657].

You are eligible to participate in the study if you

  • Are a family unit with 2 or more members and 
  • live in the greater Sydney area and
  • are booked to go on a cruise from Sydney before August 2019 

Participation in the research will involve

  • Before your cruise, a brief meeting with the researchers to fill out the consent form and obtain instructions for a photo diary activity.
  • While on your cruise, keeping a photo diary of your activities and experiences.
  • After your cruise, participation in an interview (about 60-90 min), where you will discuss your experiences and also your photo diary.

Participants will be reimbursed with a $150 Westfield gift card following the post cruise interview. 

For more information please download the participant information and consent sheet 

Or contact the principal investigator, Dr Olaf Werder, at the Department of Media & Communications, by email olaf.werder@sydney.edu.au or phone 0408 662 480.

If you are interested in participating in this research, please complete this form 

Terms and conditions of participation

  1. Participation in this research is open to all residents of Greater Sydney, Australia, who are 18 years or older except employees and immediate families of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and their associated companies and agencies. Immediate family includes the following: spouse, ex-spouse, defacto spouse, child or step child (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step parent, grandparent, step grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step brother, step sister or first cousin.
  2. Participants must be part of a family unit (2 or more members) and be booked on a cruise from Sydney before August 2019.
  3. Payment is in the form of a $150 Westfield voucher which will be provided at the completion of the post cruise interview.  
  4. There is a limit to one voucher per family unit.
  5. If you wish to withdraw from the study once it has started, you can do so at any time without having to give a reason.