Frequently asked questions

Below are some questions we often get asked but if you have any other ones, please contact us.

Will I be paid for participating in this trial?
You will be compensated for your time and expenses.

How do I take part in the medical trial?
First we need to see if you fit the requirements. Click here to fill out a short questionnaire to see if you can take part.

How old do I need to be?
You must be over the age of 18.

Do I have to be male?
Yes, you must be male to take part in this medical trial.

Will this affect my parole?
No, it will not have any affect on your parole. If you do take part, you should let your parole officer know.

How long does it take?
The trial will go over 12 months and will include regular health assessments and check ups. There may be an option to stay in the trial longer than twelve months if you feel that it is helping you.

Do I have to visit seminars?
No. You do not have to visit seminars. All we ask is that after the first appointment you let us see you every four weeks or so. These visits usually last between 5-25 minutes and are held at a convenient location for you. You will be compensated for your time at all visits.

What are violent offences?
Violent offences include common assault, malicious damage and assault occasioning actual bodily harm (AOABH), breach of AVO, stalk/intimidate, use a carriage service to menace/harass, assault police, resist arrest, etc.

Will I definitely get the medication?
This study is called a randomised control trial (RCT). What this means is that we need half of our participants to take a medication and half to take a placebo or sugar pill. A computer program will randomly decide whether you are on medication or placebo.

What is the medication?
If you are in the medication group, you will be prescribed a medication called sertraline. Sertraline is an antidepressant medication which is usually used to treat depression and anxiety. What we hope to test is to see if this medication is able to treat people who have a short fuse.

Is it safe?
This medication has been available for prescription in Australia for over 20 years to treat illnesses including depression and anxiety.