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   Posted 2/14/2010 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear HealingWell chatters. My name is Tammy Vallido and I am a student researcher/doctoral candidate from the University of Western Sydney. Peter the site webmaster, has kindly allowed me to adverstise a study I am conducting. I am seeking Australian women who have children, that are willing to discuss what it is like dealing with an illness while being a mother. If you live in Sydney or close by, you have the option of meeting for a chat, otherwise you can share your story through email or over the phone. I have no criteria regarding the type or severity of the illness as it is the effect on your mothering I am interested in. I can be contacted on 02 4620 3355, 0435044715 or emailed at t.vallido@uws.edu.au It is hoped that this study will contribute to better health care for women. All information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence, and this study has full ethics approval (HREC 7473). I look forward to meeting you and hearing your story. Kind regards Tammy

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   Posted 2/14/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Interesting study, Tammy. I'm glad you're researching this.
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Australian womens stories
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   Posted 2/14/2010 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy, it is a subject dear to my heart.

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   Posted 2/15/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Is this only for Australian women? Most of the women on this forum with children are American or Canadian.
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   Posted 2/15/2010 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
There are a few Australian women on this forum who would probably be interested in helping, though: quite a few of them even live in the Sydney area.

Tammy, I like the geographically-focussed nature of your study. You'd be surprised if you saw some of the poorly-designed studies that have been advertised here.

Are you aware of this group? I don't know if they have a counterpart in NSW, but I suspect they'd be a very useful resource for you and may be able to provide you with some good contacts. (Besides, it's always great to be able to say that your study has CIA support :-) ).
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   Posted 2/15/2010 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Nanners, yes I am concentrating on Australian women, maybe post-grad stuff could be international as I'm sure the mothering concerns among ill women would be culturally transferable (at least in western developed countries). And thanks Ivy6, I just looked at your link :) I will investigate further later today (would love 'CIA' support). I originally tried various support groups and web pages but didn't hear back from any of the webmasters when I asked permission to post. My supervisor suggested this site due to the range of conditions discussed. I would be very grateful Ivy6 if you referred any of the Australian ladies to my study. I am offerring face to face, telephone or email interviews. The email exchanges are nice and non-confronting and often convenient for people. Thanks again for your kind words. If anyone is interested there is a facebook link to the study, just search 'investigating mothering' in groups. There are a few other mother related studies advertised there that Australian women may be interested in also. Kind regards Tammy

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   Posted 2/15/2010 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Just emailed the CIA Ivy6, fingers crossed for me :)

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   Posted 2/15/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely fingers crossed! Will you let me know if you do hear back from them? I've been meaning to join that group for a long time now, and haven't gotten around to it. I wouldn't mind knowing if they're efficient, personable, etc.

Another idea for contacting people: write to Life Matters on Radio National. You're exactly the sort of person they'd love to interview!

I'm Australian too, in case you haven't guessed, but don't have children yet or else I'd be in your study in a heartbeat. (If you ever want to interview a sick Aust woman on why she hasn't partnered & reproduced yet, feel free to contact me).
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   Posted 2/15/2010 6:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Thankyou Ivy, will let you know how I get on with them. The interest on this site has been encouraging. Currently I only have two participants (I would like around 20). One lovely lady with small children that has a terminal illness, and another lady with little kids that has a heart condition. I've never heard of radio national. I might hold off for a bit, I am hopeful I might get a few participants from here, and I have a press release going out to households in March. I also have posters up around town, with a lovely (I think) picture of a mothers hand with hospital band, holding a childs hand. Both mothering and illness are intimate and personal topics, but I hope women will want to tell their stories, so that we can begin to improve health care for women with maternal responsibilities. If I ever undertake a study you qualify for (or hear of one) I will be sure to look you up. Thanks once again for your support, encouragement and very helpful suggestions. Kind regards Tammy.

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   Posted 2/16/2010 1:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Just so you know, the Aust Crohn's & Colitis Assn (who recently changed their name to something very corporate, along the lines of Crohn's Colitis Australia) did some research a year or two ago on the impact IBD has on family relationships and sexuality. You might like to contact them and see if they still have their data available, or can put you in contact with the original researchers.

Good luck with your research. I really do feel you're doing something very important there.
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Australian womens stories
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   Posted 2/16/2010 2:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks again Ivy, I will contact them :) Kind regards Tammy
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