Nutritional knowledge and experiences of family carers of people with dementia living in the community

Occurring Dates
Participant Duration
Online survey taking approximately 30 minutes to complete. Add another 40 minutes for participants who will be invited for the follow-up interview.
State of study
All States

As nutrition is a factor in dementia progression, carers of people with dementia are confronted with various nutrition-related issues. This study will assess the nutritional knowledge of family carers of community-dwelling people with dementia, and describe their preferred methods of acquiring such knowledge or the type of support they need to promote healthy nutrition and reduce malnutrition. We are also interested in carers’ perceptions and strategies to address daily challenges around food and nutrition.

If you are an unpaid, family carer of a person with dementia living in the community, we would like to invite you to participate in our online survey.

Participation details:

  • an online survey about nutrition that takes 30 minutes to complete
  • carers who complete the survey will be entered into a prize draw for one of fifteen $30 gift cards to Coles or Woolworths.
  • a small random sample of the survey participants will be invited for a follow-up interview on Zoom (40 minutes) to discuss their experiences and perceptions regarding nutrition-related issues
Participation details

This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee of the University of Canberra (HREC - 11829). A summary of the research report as well as results of the questionnaire can be forwarded to participants at the end of the study.

Queries or concerns regarding the research can be directed to the researcher and/or supervisor.
Researcher: Abdeljalil Lahiouel
Faculty of Health

Supervisor: Dr Nathan D'Cunha
Assistant Professor of Human Nutrition
Phone: (02) 6206 8585

Survey link: or

Study Address
Conducted in your own home, at your convenience
Full Name
Abdeljalil Lahiouel
University of Canberra
Phone Number
0416 755 256