The health and wellbeing of people caring for an older family member, friend, or neighbour

Occurring Dates: 
30/06/2019 to 31/12/2019
Participant Duration: 
30 minute survey (online & paper version available)
State of study: 
All States

The world has an ageing population, and there are more community dwelling older adults than ever before whom are care-dependent and require some aspect of long-term care support. We know from data that most of this care is provided by an informal and unpaid network of family members, friends, and neighbours, whom undertake a range of ongoing activities to support the older adult physically, emotionally, and/or practically. However, we also know that assuming this role is no easy task and, while offering many positive and rewarding experiences, it can often pose challenges and lead to feelings of stress.

In order to better support people caring for an older family member, friend, or neighbour, it is vital that we understand how people in this role might be affected in terms of their own health and wellbeing. Jenny Murfield, a PhD student at Griffith University (Australia), is currently undertaking a research project to develop an intervention that seeks to better support the emotional health needs of people caring for older adults. As an important first step in her work, this survey asks about your health and wellbeing while caring for a family member, friend, or neighbour.

If you are 18 years+ and currently providing regular, ongoing, unpaid care to a family member, friend, or neighbour over the age of 65 and would like to complete the survey, please visit to access the study information sheet and the survey link. The survey may also be accessed directly at

Further Information: 

For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact: Jenny Murfield, PhD Student: +61 (0)7 373 57855; or Professor Wendy Moyle, Chief Investigator: +61 (0)7 373 55526;

The study has ethical approval from Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (GU Ref No. 2019/481). 

Study Address: 
Griffith University, Brisbane, Qld, Australia.
Full Name: 
Jenny Murfield
Griffith University
Phone Number: 
0422 205 025