Assist Checkup


Welcome to the eASSIST Lite, a light version of the electronic ASSIST instrument.

Click 'Launch eASSIST Lite Research Project' to get started.


Dear Participant,

You are invited to participate in the research project described below.

What is the ASSIST - Lite project about?

Questions will be asked about your experience of using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in the past three months.  We will give you some feedback on your scores and information that may help you to decide what (if any) action you may need to take. We will also ask you to re do the survey in three months  time. All responses are confidential, and your honest responses are appreciated.

Who is undertaking the project?

This project is being conducted by University of Adelaide.

Why am I being invited to participate?

This research will form the basis for ongoing improvements to drug and alcohol interventions and support for people who attend the Emergency Department.

We are seeking Australian residents aged over 18 to participate.

What will I be asked to do?

To participate, complete the survey on a computer tablet.

How much time will the project take?

The survey is expected to take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete.

Are there any risks associated with participating in this project?

Other than the inconvenience of giving up your time, it is not expected that participating in this survey will cause any discomfort or distress.  If you do find that completing the survey brings up worries or concerns, we recommend utilising one of the following excellent resources:

BeyondBlue, 1300 22 4636 or advice and support for anxiety and depression

Lifeline, 13 11 14 or crisis support and suicide prevention

Alcohol and Drug Information Service 1300 131 340

If you have any health-specific worries or questions, the best person to speak to is your doctor.

What are the benefits of the research project?

While participation provides no immediate benefit to you, it is our hope that this research will aid in the understanding of the ways people think about healthy behaviours.

Can I withdraw from the project?

Participation in this project is completely voluntary. You can stop completing the survey at any time by closing the browser window or tab. If you want to ensure that data you have already entered is deleted from our server, please contact Linda Gowing on (08) 8313 8055.

Can I review my information?

You can review the information you have entered and correct any information with which you disagree before you finally complete the questionnaire and submit your data.

What will happen to my information?

Survey data will be stored on the University of Adelaide secure server and only the researchers will have access.  Contact details, i.e. your mobile number and/or email address will be stored in a separate database on the University of Adelaide secure server.  We will not collect your name.  The separate databases will be linked only by a common identification number.  Only the researchers will have access to the data. Contact details will be accessed only for the purpose of follow-up.  No individual participants or data will be identified in research articles and conference presentations arising from this research.  Data will be destroyed after 7 years.

Researchers are not obliged to report unlawful behaviour that does not pose a threat to human safety.  Occasionally, research data may be subpoenaed for scrutiny in criminal, common law, family court, coronial proceedings, professional disciplinary, or other legal investigations.  As we will not record your name your data will be anonymous although there is a small risk that you could be identified from your mobile number or email address.


Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?

In the first instance, please contact: Linda Gowing on (08) 8313 8055.

What if I have a complaint or any concerns?

The study has been approved by the RAH Human Research Ethics committee. The study will be conducted according to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, a document written to protect the rights of participants in research studies.

If you have questions or problems associated with the practical aspects of your participation in the project, or wish to raise a concern or complaint about the project, then you should consult Linda Gowing on 08 83138055.

If you wish to speak with an independent person regarding concerns or a complaint, the RAH policy on research involving human participants, or your rights as a participant contact A/Prof Andrew Thornton (Chair of the Human Research Ethics Committee) or Ms Heather O’Dea (Executive Officer) on phone 61 8 8222 4139 or by email to . Any complaint or concern will be treated in confidence and fully investigated. You will be informed of the outcome.

If I want to participate, what do I do?

By ticking the box and clicking the ‘Next’ button below, you indicate your consent to be included in our study, and the survey will begin.

Thank you for your participation

Yours sincerely,


Assoc Professor Robert Ali & Assoc Professor Linda Gowing.

Discipline of Pharmacology 

School of Medicine 

University of Adelaide

eASSIST Lite Project

Robert and Linda
Robert Ali and Linda Gowing

Who do I contact if I have questions about the project?

In the first instance, please contact: Linda Gowing on (08) 8313 8055.

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