Flutracking is an online survey that asks if you have had fever or cough in the last week. The survey takes just 10-15 seconds to answer and is sent via email each week during the usual influenza season (typically April to October).
Note that this year in light of COVID-19 the survey started at the end of February.
We use this data to help track the spread of influenza-like-illness across Australia and New Zealand and provide early warning of potential outbreaks and monitor trends during pandemics.
Before you agree to volunteer for the Flutracking survey, you need to read and understand the following information.
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If you agree to participate you will receive an email from us each week, when you click on the link in the email you will be taken to the survey website where you will be asked to complete some questions about yourself.
You can also complete the survey for people you live with such as your partner or spouse, children, parents by clicking on the “add household members” link after completing these first questions about yourself.
The following Monday after you sign up you will receive the first weekly survey email, where you will be asked if you (and any household members you have added) have had fever or cough in the last week.
The survey will take approximately 10 - 15 seconds to complete (assuming your computer is already running). You will receive the emails for about 25 weeks during each influenza season (April to October).
When you first sign up, you will be asked:
Those 15 years of age or older will also be asked:
You will also be asked to complete these questions for any household members you add.
The weekly survey questions are:
If you have symptoms of fever and cough, you will also be asked:
If you have added household members, you will then be asked to complete these same questions for them.
Your participation in Flutracking is voluntary and you may refuse to answer questions or leave the survey at any time by clicking on the "unsubscribe" link in any emails we send or by contacting us via the details below. Your choice of whether or not to participate will not influence any health care services provided to you by any Local Health District.
The information you provide will be kept confidential and stored on secure databases with your email address in a separate file to the health information you provide to us. The information will be kept as required by the State Records Act.
Data that cannot be traced back to participants may be shared with approved research groups to add value to this project by extending and validating our analysis.
The FluTracking.net project is a joint initiative of Newcastle University, Hunter New England Population Health and the Hunter Medical Research Institute, as well as the Public Health Group from the Ministry of Health of New Zealand.
The coordinator of Flutracking Australia is Dr Craig Dalton. If you have any concerns, comments or questions about this survey now or later, feel free to contact Craig Dalton directly at email@example.com or on (02) 4924 6345.
If you wish to speak to an independent person, please contact Hunter New England Local Health District complaints - 1800 605 172 (during business hours).
General enquiries can be sent to the Australian Flutracking Team at HNELHD-Flutracking@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au or via the following:
Hunter New England Population Health
University of Newcastle
Booth Building, Wallsend Health Campus
Wallsend NSW 2287
ph: (02) 4924 6499
fax: (02) 4924 6212
The coordinator of Flutracking New Zealand is Dr Hernando Acosta. If you have any concerns, comments or questions about this survey now or later, feel free to contact Dr Hernando Acosta directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General enquiries can be sent to the New Zealand Flutracking Team at: email@example.com or via the following:
New Zealand Flutracking Team
Public Health Group
Protection, Regulation and Assurance
Ministry of Health
Thank you for your interest and participation.
Providing your email address and clicking the I Agree button, indicates that you agree to participate in Flutracking, have read the information above and have asked any questions you have about the program.
You will receive a link to confirm that you have consented to participate in this project.