Frequently asked questions about volunteering and participating in a nutrition study.
Where do I need to go to participate in a study?
Most of our studies are conducted in the CSIRO Nutrition & Health Research Clinic. The Clinic is located on the ground floor of the new South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) building on North Terrace in Adelaide. (location details)
How do I get to the CSIRO Nutrition & Health Research Clinic?
For more details please visit Adelaide Metro for bus, train and tram timetables.
Will I be reimbursed for my travel into the clinic?
Yes. We pay reasonable travel costs for parking and public transport.
How long do the studies last?
Every study is different. You may be asked to attend for one visit, once a week for 6 weeks or every fortnight for a year.
The time commitment will be outlined for you prior to participating.
What if my circumstances change and I am unable to participate?
Volunteers are free to withdraw at any time during the study.
CSIRO staff also reserve the right to terminate participation at any time if it is deemed that the study is not in the person’s best interest, if they are unable to follow the protocol of the study, or if the study is discontinued.
Is there anything I am not allowed to do on a trial? (i.e. foods or medications to avoid)
It is very important that you read the study Information sheet that is given to you when you register for a study.
The information sheet specifies all details relating to study criteria and participation requirements.
How do I register to volunteer for a study?
You can register your interest in becoming a volunteer on our Participate in a study page.
Are my details kept confidential?
Yes. The CSIRO are obligated to comply with the Privacy act 1988 and the NH&MRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in a Human Research 2007.
What value can I add by being a participant?
By becoming a volunteer you are assisting our scientific researchers to provide health and nutritional information to the local and global community.
Scientific findings from our research are often published in international journals and we always aim to provide tangible outcomes and programs for people to use in the community.
We not only use our research to develop diet and wellbeing programs, the finding are also used to provide recommendations around food, nutrition and product guidelines to government agencies and companies.
What are the advantages and risks of being involved?
There are short term and long term advantages of being involved.
Short term, you get to meet some new people and feel good that you are sharing your time for a greater cause.
Long term you are contributing to the health of Australians and citizens worldwide.
Risks are minimal and will be listed in the information sheet for each study. If you have any concerns before, during or after the study one of our staff would be happy to talk about it with you.