Guided Whiplash Recovery

FAQs for patients

Who can register for Whiplash Navigator?

Who can register for Whiplash Navigator?

People who experience a whiplash injury as a result of a car accident and receive treatment at hospitals, or with another health professional in New South Wales and Queensland may be invited to participate in Whiplash Navigator.

However, anyone with a whiplash injury can request to participate in the program by emailing: whiplash@griffith.edu.au or trudy.rebbeck@sydney.edu.au.

Each participant’s nominated health professional will also be invited to take part in the program.

Does using Whiplash Navigator mean I don’t need to visit my health professional?

Does using Whiplash Navigator mean I don’t need to visit my health professional?

Whiplash Navigator is designed to complement the information and care you receive from your health professional, but not replace it.

You should still visit your health professional to discuss your progress throughout your recovery. You should also speak with them if you have any questions about information or exercises on Whiplash Navigator.

Why do I need to answer questionnaires?

Why do I need to answer questionnaires?

Questionnaires are an important part of the whiplash recovery program to help you and your health professional assess how you are feeling and track how you are progressing. This will help you both discuss your recovery and your next steps.

Do I need to visit Whiplash Navigator and fill in the questionnaires if I get better?

Do I need to visit Whiplash Navigator and fill in the questionnaires if I get better?

It is important for you and your nominated health professional to know if you have recovered. Filling in the questionnaires will give you both valuable information about the speed and extent of your recovery.

What will the results of the questionnaires be used for?

What will the results of the questionnaires be used for?

Firstly, as stated above, your results will be shared with your nominated health professional so they can track your progress and discuss your recovery and next steps with you.

Secondly, your results may be combined with results from other people who are participating in the whiplash recovery program and the researchers may use these combined results to evaluate the program. It will also allow them to make any improvements with a view to making it more widely available in the future.

The results of the research may be published in a number of ways:

  • The researchers may present their findings at Australian and International conferences.
  • Results may be published in academic journals so that other researchers and health professionals can benefit from the lessons learned in this research.
  • You might even hear about the results in the media.
NOTE: Any information from Whiplash Navigator used for research purposes will be de-identified. This means that at no time will your personal information be published. Your identity will remain confidential.

Privacy

Will my personal information remain confidential?

By registering for Whiplash Navigator you agree to share your personal information with your nominated health professional and the researchers.

Any information accessed and used by researchers will be de-identified. This means that researchers who are using information from Whiplash Navigator will not share your personal details with anyone else.

Is my data secure on the internet?

Whiplash Navigator follows strict data management guidelines to ensure that all data collected over the internet as part of the program remain secure.

While every effort is made to maintain data security, sometimes data can be accessed illegally. We anticipate that this will not happen, although it is important that you are aware that there are always some slight risks associated with data security over the internet.


Your nominated health professional may be a doctor, physiotherapist, chiropractor or osteopath.