Survey Privacy Statement

The following privacy statement applies to research:

The research is conducted in strict adherence to the requirements contained in the Health Professions Council of South Africa ethical rules of conduct that are available here:

We are not trying to sell or promote anything. We conduct research surveys using scientific methods and we promise that, in obtaining your cooperation, we will not mislead you about the nature of the research or how we will make use of the findings.

The answers you give us will be treated as confidential unless you have given your consent to the contrary. In the relatively few instances where we ask you for permission to pass data on in a form which allows you to be personally identified, we will ensure that the information will be used only for research purposes.

We will not send you unsolicited mail or pass on your e-mail addresses to others for this purpose. If we want to send you future e-mail, we will ask your explicit permission for this.

As with all forms of research, your cooperation is voluntary at all times. No personal information is sought from or about you, without your prior knowledge and agreement. You are entitled at any stage of the interview/questionnaire, or subsequently, to ask that part or all of the record of your interview/questionnaire be destroyed or deleted. Wherever reasonable and practical we will carry out such a request.

We try our best not to interview children without first getting the permission of their parents, though we cannot always guarantee this to be the case.

We use cookies and other similar devices sparingly and only for quality control, validation and to prevent bothersome repeat surveying. You can configure your browser to notify you when cookies are being placed on your computer. You can also delete cookies by adjusting your browser settings. We automatically capture information about your browser type in order to deliver an interview/questionnaire best suited to your software. We do no other invisible processing of data from your computer.

Our website has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.

Only Leonie Vorster has access to the information you provide us. She has access only for research, data analysis and quality control purposes.

You can contact me at to discuss any problems with this survey.