[Research] Are you 18 years or older, and provide care for a family member or friend?

Hi everyone,


I hope you are well. My sincerest apologies if research projects are not welcome here, but I would like to tell you about a study we are conducting at the University of Newcastle:


My name is Alexandra Denham <https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/alexandra-denham>. I am a PhD student at the University of Newcastle (AU) who is leading the study, “Caring for those who care: A global survey of the health behaviours and health-related needs of informal caregivers.”


You are invited to participate in the research project identified above, which is being conducted by a team of researchers led by Professor Billie Bonevski from the Faculty of Health and Medicine at the University of Newcastle. This project has been approved by the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee, Approval No. H-2017-0312.



This study aims to investigate the prevalence of health risk behaviours and unmet needs of informal caregivers of a person with a health concern requiring in-home care by conducting a global online survey of caregivers. The caregiver groups that we are interested in include, but are not limited to: (1) Alcohol and other drug issues; (2) Alzheimer’s, or other dementia; (3) Cancer; (4) Mental/emotional illness; (5) Mobility/physical disability; (6) Stroke; and (7) Surgery/wounds. However, caregivers will have the opportunity to specify another group if they feel that they care for someone with a different health concern. The survey will be conducted in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.


With this information, we will be able to develop helpful tools and resources to support caregivers in achieving healthier lifestyles, and address their unmet needs. This will also be the first study


Our survey is now available online from the 16th of March 2018 to the 14th of June 2018.


Please access our survey here: https://ands.newcastle.edu.au/quon/public/health_of_caregivers


Please feel free to share the survey with friends and family who may also provide care for someone else.


We would greatly appreciate it if you would share our study on Facebook with friends and family who may also be caregivers, or within any groups involving carers: https://www.facebook.com/UONengage/photos/a.1430062440566019.1073741830.1430036077235322/1992623040976620/?type=3&theater


Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or thoughts about this study. We would also appreciate suggestions of any other organisations and/or services to contact who may be willing to promote our study through their networks. The research team is available via HealthOfCarers@newcastle.edu.au



Looking forward to hearing from you, and we greatly appreciate your participation.