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Wellbeing of Australians : carer health and wellbeing

posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by Robert CumminsRobert Cummins, J Hughes, Adrian Tomyn, A Gibson, Jacqueline Woerner, Lufana Lai
This Report concerns the subjective wellbeing of carers in Australia. It is the product of a partnership between Carers Australia, Australian Unity, and Deakin University. All three partners were involved in all stages of the project as planning the logistics, designing the questionnaire and composing the report. Data analysis was undertaken by Deakin University while the logistics of questionnaire mailout was managed by Australian Unity and Carers Australia. The actual mailing took place from each of the state/territory Carers Associations, who used their own databases to print and affix the addresses of their members to the envelopes. Three major outcome measures have been used. The first is the Personal Wellbeing Index, which is our standard measure of wellbeing. The Index score is the average level of satisfaction across seven aspects of personal life – health, personal relationships, safety, standard of living, achieving in life, community connectedness, and future security. The other two outcome measures are sub-scales taken from the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (Lovibond and Lovibond, 1995). This is a very well regarded scale and the sub-scales of Depression and Stress have been used for this study. A total of 10,939 questionnaires were distributed and 4,107 were returned in time for processing. This constitutes a 37.6% response rate.



Australian Unity wellbeing index, survey 17.1 ; report 17.1


Deakin University

Place of publication

Geelong, Vic.








Contents: Executive Summary -- Introduction -- 1. Context and Methodology -- 2. Demographics and Employment -- 3. Carer Challenges -- 4. Carer Resources -- 5. Intensity of the Carer Role -- 6. Satisfaction with Caring and Leisure -- Appendices. This is a joint publication of: The School of Psychology, Deakin University; The Australian Centre on Quality of Life, Deakin University; Australian Unity; Carers Australia

Publication classification

A4 Major research monograph

Copyright notice

2007, Deakin University and Australian Unity