What is the Optimise Study about?
Ye ajuiɛɛr ë piöc akutnhom de Optimise ëkë kuanycök kän ë ŋu?

The Optimise Study is a research project that aims to find out how Victorians are experiencing COVID-19 and responding to the measures introduced to stop the spread of the virus.
Ajuiɛɛr ë piööc akutnhom de Optimise ee ajuiɛɛr de kë kuanycök bï nyic të cï kɔc ke Victoria tuaany de COVID-19 ya yɔ̈k thïn në kë gup ku jɔl ya të cï kek kuɛr/ lööŋ yenë ke röt tiit ya luɔ̈ɔ̈I thïn bï tekpiny ë käm ye tuaany jɔɔk ë kɛm ke kɔc cɔk akääc.

Click here to complete the survey in English / gɔt ëtɛ̈n ba piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic lööm

The Optimise Study will help us better understand how the community is managing and responding to COVID-19 and the measures introduced to stop its spread.
Ajuiɛɛr ë piööc akutnhom de Optimise abï ɣook kony ë dɛ̈ɛ̈t ëyic ëtë cï kɔc cieŋ baai tuaany de COVID-19 ya mac thïn ku dhuk kë nhom ku kuɛr ë gël cï kek bɛ̈ɛ̈I nhial bïnë ke tekpiny de cɔk akääc.

This information will enable us to make informed decisions to reduce the direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on people’s health, wellbeing, and livelihoods.
Lëk kän abï cɔk alooi tɛ̈k ëka cï lɛ̈k yiic apuɔth bï karɛc tuaany de COVID-19 kek ë kuer nyic ku kuer cie nyic ya tekiic në pialgup, rëër apuɔth ku pïïr ë kɔc yic.

What is involved?
Yeŋu ye looi thïn?

Participation involves completing surveys for up to 12-month period. These surveys ask about your living situation, work and study, lifestyle, social engagements, COVID-19 health and exposure, physical and mental health, attitudes and knowledge of COVID-19 measure, and the people you have contact with during the previous day.
Mɛt ë röt thïn ayenë thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ athiëëc ëkë yuïc bï nyic në pɛ̈ɛ̈u ke 12 yiic. Athiëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic käk ee thiëc në biäk ë rëërdu yic, luɔi ku piöc ë thukulic, të pïïr yïn thïn, ciɛɛŋdu kekë kɔc, pialgup ku thiɔ̈k ëyic tënë tuaany de COVID-19, pial ë guɔ̈p abɛ̈n ku tënë tuaany ë tɛ̈ktɛ̈k yic, ye luɔ̈ɔ̈I kaku ku nyïny de kuɛr ë gël de tuaany ë COVID-19 ku kɔc cï ya rɔ̈m ke yïn në nïn cï wan yiic.

We ask these questions in two survey types:
Ɣok aye thiëc në athiëëc käk në kuat këŋ karou yuïc bï kek nyic:

  • Baseline and follow-up surveys which we ask once a month.
  • Ajuiɛɛr ë thiëc de kɛ̈ŋ abɛ̈n ku kɛ̈k ë bɔ̈thcök ëkë yuïc bï nyic yen yeku thiëc yicë tök ë pɛɛi.
  • Contact diaries: Every day for the first two weeks of the study and once a week after that.
  • Muk ë nhom de kë looi: Akölaköl ë läät tueŋ karou yiic de ajuiɛɛr ë piöc ëkë kuanycök yic ku yicë tök ë läät yen jɔl bööth

We will also ask you to nominate members of your social network to join the study. We know that that the people around you have an important influence on your behaviour, health and wellbeing. In the surveys we will ask you about your living situation, work and study, lifestyle, social engagements, COVID-19 health and exposure, physical and mental health, and attitudes and knowledge of COVID-19 measures.
Ɣok abï yïn thiëc aya  ba kɔc ciëŋ keyïn kuany bï röt mat në piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic. ɣok anyicku lɔn ye kɔc thiɔ̈k ke yïn naŋ këpuɔth yekë juak ë rëërdu yic, pialguɔ̈p ku pïïrdu yic . në athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic käk ee thiëc në biäk ë rëërdu yic, luɔi ku piöc ë thukulic, të pïïr yïn thïn, ciɛɛŋdu kekë kɔc, pialgup ku thiɔ̈k ëyic tënë tuaany de COVID-19, pial ë guɔ̈p abɛ̈n ku tënë tuaany ë tɛ̈ktɛ̈k yic, ye luɔ̈ɔ̈I kaku ku nyïny de kuɛr ë gël de tuaany ë COVID-19 ku nyïny de kuɛr ë gël de tuaany ë COVID-19.

What are the benefits?
Yekë kapuɔth ko kek tɔ̈ thïn?

By being a part of the Optimise Study, you will help inform government strategy to promote the health of the general public, and ease the current restrictions.
Në mɛt ë rɔt de ajuiɛɛr ë piöc ë kuanycök akutnhom de Optimise yic, yïn abï ajuiɛɛr akuma  kony ë lëk bï pialgup de juääc  abɛ̈n ɣäth tueŋ , ku tek gël ë cäth tɔ̈ ëmɛn yic.

You will receive a small reimbursement via bank transfer for each set of activities that you complete in recognition of the time involved in participating in Optimise. You will be reimbursed according to the following schedule:
Yïn abï ya gäm wëu dhuk ekë yïn thää dun cï lööm në kuer ë tooc në bɛŋ në kuat ëkë looi yen ca thöl keye nyïc ë thää ye nyaai në mɛt ë rɔt në akutnhom de Optimise. Yïn abï ya gäm wëu në kuer ajuiɛɛr böth känic:

  • $50 in the first month following completion of the baseline survey;
  • $50 në pɛɛi tueŋ yen buɔ̈th thöl ë athiëëc abɛ̈n ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic;
  • $35 in subsequent months where you actively participate in completing diaries/surveys.
  • $35 në pɛ̈ɛ̈I kɔ̈k böth cï yïn ke rɔt mat në thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ de kë looi akölköl/ athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic.

Why is it important?
Yeŋu yen yic thiɛk?

Despite the huge impact of COVID-19 across the world, there is still limited information on the best ways to stop COVID-19 transmission, illness and death.
Na cï tuaany de COVID-19 naŋ këdït cï rac në pinydnhom abɛ̈n, yen aŋot ë nɔŋ lëk dakiic në kuɛr puɔth bïnë ke tekpiny , bëc ku thou tënë tuaany de COVID-19 cɔk akääc.

More information is needed about what is happening in the community to help the government develop better and more refined strategies and policies to respond to COVID-19. While we wait for vaccines to be widely rolled out globally, it is important we use interventions available to us to contain and slow the spread of COVID-19.
Lëk juɛ̈c akɔɔr kek në biäk ëkë looi rɔt në kɛm ë kɔc cieŋ baai bï akuma kony ë juiɛ̈ɛ̈c puɔth ku kuɛr lɔcök cï kek tïŋiic apuɔth ku ajuiɛɛr ë luɔi tënë tuaany de COVID-19. Ke ɣok tït në wɛl ë tuɔ̈m bï kek ɣäth aɣeer ë pinynhom abɛ̈n, yen athiekic bï ɣok kuɛr ë gël ë röt tɔ̈ kek ɣook ëmɛ̈n bïnë ke gël ë nyin thïn ku koor ë nyinpiny de tekpiny ë tuaany de COVID-19 kuɔr piny.

Your involvement in the Optimise Study will help us better understand the impact that COVID-19 is having on our community and how these may change over time. The Optimise platform will be used to both identify and solve challenges alongside the community and key stakeholders.
Mɛt ë rɔt du thïn në Ajuiɛɛr ë piööc akutnhom de Optimise yic abï ɣook kony ë dɛ̈t ëyic apuɔth de ka cï tuaany de COVID-19 rac ë pïïric tënɔŋ kɔc kuɛk cieŋ baai ku të lëu ë käk röt gɛɛr thïn ke thää lɔtueŋ. Akutnhom de Optimise abï luɔ̈ɔ̈I ka dhal kɔc cɔk anyic ku të bïnë ke luɔ̈ɔ̈I nhïïm thïn tënë kɔc cieŋ baai ku akutnhïïm luui thïn.

Your input will help generate the evidence to guide state and national policy and practice to stop COVID-19 transmission while returning to more normal levels of economic and social activity.
Këdun mat ë thïn abï kony ë nyooth de yic bï lon ajuiɛɛr de state ku baai abɛ̈n nyuɔ̈ɔ̈th ku piööc ëkë puɔth looi bïnë tekpiny de tuaany ë COVID-19 cɔk akääc ke kɔc dhuk të puɔɔth thɛɛr yen luui kayenë ke pïïr thïn ku kaye looi baai.

This evidence will also be used to identify opportunities to work with community and key stakeholders to develop and test solutions to minimise the impact of COVID-19 and improve the community’s broader health and wellbeing.
Kë nyooth yic kän abï luɔ̈ɔ̈I aya bïnë kapuɔth lëu kek ë yök nyic bïk luui kekë kɔc cieŋ baai ku kɔc kek luui thïn bïk juiir ku thëmkë kapuɔth cï yök bïnë ke karɛc tuaany de COVID-19 kek tekiic ku cökë pialgup ku pïïr de kɔc cieŋ baai piny.

Thus far in Australia, governments have introduced a number of key public health measures:
Ee mɛn në Australia yic, Akumaa acï kajuɛ̈c ë gël de pialgup ë juääc nyuɔɔth bïk luui:

  • Isolation of individuals with COVID-19 (‘cases’) and quarantining of close contacts and returned travellers; Wekroor ë kɔc cï bec në tuaany de COVID-19 (‘kɔc bec’) ku lël ë thök ë kɔc cï ya rɔ̈m ku amïcɔ̈ɔ̈th lɔ dhuuk ë bɛ̈ɛ̈I kɔ̈k;

  • Physical distancing;
    Meec ë rötwei tënë kɔc kɔ̈k;

  • Preventive strategies such as hand washing; and
    Kuɛr ë gël cïtmɛn de caw ë cin; ku

  • The mandatory use of face masks in various states.
    Luup ë kɔc bï alanh ë kum ë nyïn ya cieŋ në states juɛ̈c yiic.

Although these measures have helped to reduce new cases of COVID-19 in the community, they may impact individuals’ health, wellbeing and livelihoods in critical ways.
Na cɔk ë kuɛr ë gël käk kony në tëk ë yic de bëc tënë tuaany de COVID-19 ë kɛm de kɔc cieŋ baai, kek alëu bïk naŋ kë geer kë yic tënë pialgup, pïïr ku rëër kɔc thïn në kuɛr puɔth juɛ̈c.

How do I complete the surveys?
Bï ɣɛn athiëëc në kë yuïc bï nyic ya thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ kadï?

There are several ways for you to complete the surveys:
Yen anɔŋ kuɛr juɛ̈c tënë yïn bïn kek athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic ya thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ:

  • Interviewer administered: If you are not comfortable completing surveys in English yourself online, we will administer all of the surveys over the phone. Our data collectors will arrange a time to meet with you regularly to allow you to participate.
  • Thiëc ë thök looi ë raan ë luui thïn: Na yïn acie lëu ba athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ ë rɔt në laanyic në thoŋ ë English, ɣok abï athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic looi abɛ̈n në puunic. Raan ë luɔi da kuut lëk yiic abï thää yen rɔ̈m ke yïn në nyindhiɛ ruk ago yïn puɔ̈l ba rɔt mat thïn.
  • Self-completed diaries: If you feel comfortable completing some of the forms by yourself in Dinka, we can send you survey links to your mobile, tablet or computer. We will only send the contact diaries in the language that you read and understand, and the longer surveys we will complete with you over the phone.
  • Ka looi akölaköl thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ ŋɛk ë rɔt: Na yïn rɔt yök kayï lëu ba pom lik kɔ̈k thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ ë rɔt  në Thuɔŋjäŋ (Dinka) , ɣok alëu buk yïn tuɔ̈c ka bï yïn ŋäär athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic yic në mobail, tak yenë gɔ̈t thïn ka kɔmpiota du yic. ɣok abï yïn tuɔ̈c thiëc de ka looi akölaköl në thoŋdun yen lëu bï yïn kueen ku detic, ku athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic bɛ̈ric abï ɣok ke thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ ke yïn ë puunic.
  • Self-completed English: If you are fluent in reading and writing English, we can send you survey links to complete all the surveys by yourself on a mobile, tablet or computer. All you need is a device that has access to the internet to receive links via SMS or email.
  • Ka thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ ŋɛk ë rɔt në thoŋ ë English: Na yïn anyic kuen ku gɔ̈t ë thoŋ ë English, ɣok alëu buk yïn tuɔ̈c ka ŋɛ̈ɛ̈r yïn athiëëc ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic yic ba kek thiɔ̈ɔ̈ŋ abɛ̈n ë rɔt në mobial, tak yenë gɔ̈t thïn ka kɔmpiöta yic. Kë yen kɔɔr yïn abɛ̈n ee kë yenë gɔ̈t thïn nɔŋic internet bïn ka ŋɛ̈ɛ̈r yïn thïn ë kuer de wël cï gɔ̈t yeke tuɔɔc ka imeil.

I’m no longer able or willing to participate, how can I withdraw?
ɣɛn acie lëu ba ka acï puɔ̈u ciɛ̈n mɛt ë rɔt thïn, lëu bï ɣɛn rɔt nyaai thïn kadï?

  • Participation in this research project is completely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you do not have to.
    Mɛt ë röt në ajuiɛɛr ë piöc de kuanycök kän ee kë raan rɔt mat thïn ë rɔt. Na yïn acie nhiar ba mat thïn, yïn acie lëu ba lɔ thïn.
  • If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at a later stage.
    Na cï yïn tak ba rɔt mat thïn ku ger ë nhom lɛ̈ɛ̈, yïn alääu ba rɔt nyaai thïn në ajuiɛɛr në thää dɔ̈.
  • If you decide to withdraw, please notify a member of the Optimise team as soon as possible at [email protected]
    Na cï yïn tak ba rɔt nyaai, alim ba raan de akutnhom de Optimise dac luɔ̈ɔ̈p të lëu yen rɔt në [email protected]
  • If you withdraw, you will not be contacted for any further participation, but as your survey data is de-identified, we will not be able to remove all the data that you have previously provided.
    Na nyɛɛi yïn rɔt thïn, yïn acie lëu yïn bɛr yuɔ̈p në kë thiääk kekë mɛt ë rɔt thïn, kua lëk ku cï kuɔ̈ɔ̈tic acïnë ke kayenë ke kɔc nyic nyaai thïn, ɣok acie lëu buk lëk cï kutiic thɛɛr kek ca gam bɛr nyaai.
  • This process is approved by our ethics committee (Human Research Ethics Committee of the Alfred Hospital) who has reviewed and approved this study.
    Kuer kän acï gam bï luui në akutnhom dɛn ë ethics committee (Human Research Ethics Committee of the Alfred Hospital) yen cï bɛrpiny ë tïŋ ëyic ku gɛm bï ajuiɛɛr ë piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic kän cɔk aluui.

Who are we?
Ye ɣok yïk ŋa?

Burnet Institute and Doherty Institute are two of Australia’s leading medical research institutes working to combat COVID-19. We are leading the Optimise Study working with collaborators from:
Burnet Institute ku Doherty Institute aye akutnhïïm karou ke Australia ŋɔ̈ɔ̈r ajuiɛɛr de kuɛ̈ny ë cök wal ku yïlac kek luui bï tuaany de COVID-19 tiaam. Ɣok aŋɔ̈ɔ̈r ajuiɛɛr ë piöc ëkë kuanycök akutnhom de Optimise luui ke cï cin mat kekë:

Who will have access to information about me?
Yeŋa lëu bï lëk në biäk de ɣɛn ya tïŋ?

All of the information provided by you will be confidential and securely stored at Burnet Institute. Only a few individuals within the core research team will have access to this information. We cannot share your information with anyone outside of the research team, including the government.
Lëk abɛ̈n cï yïk gam abï ya ciɛ̈n kɔc nyic kek ku abï kek nyiɛc tɔ̈ɔ̈u në Burnet Institute. Aye kɔc lik ke looi ajuiɛɛr ë piöc de kë kuanycök kän kepɛ̈c ke abï lëk käk ay tïŋ. ɣok acie lëu buk lëkku rɔm kekë kuat ë raandɔ̈ liu në akutnhom looi ajuiɛɛr ë piöc de kuanycök, nɔŋiic akuma.

Any study results of the Optimise Study will be presented as a summary which prevents you from ever being identified, including in regular reports to government and other stakeholders.
Kuat ëkë ye yök në piöc ëkë kuanycök yic tënë ajuiɛɛr ë piöc de kë kuanycök akutnhom ë Optimise abï nyuɔɔth ke cï dhiimic yen ye yïn gël keyï cie lëu bï nyic, nɔŋiic kaye but ë lueel aɣeer tënë akuma ku akutnhïïm kɔ̈k luui thïn.

At the end of the study period, we will remove all your identifiable information. Non-identifiable data will be retained for 7 years, in accordance with regulatory guidelines, and then destroyed.
Në thök de piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic, ɣok abï lëk yenë kɔc nyic nyaai thïn. Lëk cïn yiic kayenë ke kɔc nyic abï muk në run ke 7 yiic, në kuer ajuiɛɛr ë löŋ ku kek abï kek rac.

What if I have concerns about the study?
Yeŋu ye rɔt looi na nɔŋ ɣɛn kadiir ɣa në piöc ëkë yuïc bï nyic känic?

This research project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Alfred Hospital. If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about being a research participant in general, then you may contact:
Ajuiɛɛr ë piöc ëkë kuanycök kän acï gam bï luui në Human Research Ethics Committee of the Alfred Hospital. Na yïn anɔŋ kuat ëkë cï yïn dakpuɔ̈u në biäk de ka tɔ̈ në ajuiɛɛric, kuer ëtë luui yen ka kuat athiëëc në biäk kɔc tɔ̈ në ajuiɛɛr ë piöc ëkë kuanycök yic, ke yïn alëu ba jam kekë:

Complaints Officer, Office of Ethics & Research Governance, Alfred Health
Telephone:03 9076 3619
Email: [email protected]

All complaints will be treated confidentially. Please quote the following project number: 333/20.
Kɛ̈k kɔc dakpuɔth dhum kek abɛ̈n aye looi kake cie nyic kɔc kɔ̈k kek. Alim ba nɛ̈mba de ajuiɛɛr ëkë looi bök ë: 333/20.

How is the Optimise Study funded?
Ye ajuiɛɛr ë piöc de Optimise yiɛ̈k wëu kadi?

The Optimise Study is funded by the COVID-19 Victorian Consortium with support from the Department of Health and Human Services, Macquarie Group Foundation and by Burnet Institute with additional support from philanthropic donations.
Akutnhom de Optimise ajuiɛɛr ë piöc ëkë kuanycök aye gäm wëu në COVID-19 Victorian Consortium kekë kuɔɔny tënë Department of Health and Human Services, Macquarie Group Foundation and by Burnet Institute kuɔɔny dɔ̈ tënë kɔc nɔŋ puɔth ye kony në kapuɔth looi.

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