Caregivers wanted for research survey

17 May 2013

After being hit by a car in 2003, Tracey-Lee Dalton’s world flipped upside down.

Formerly she was a caregiver then in an instant became the care recipient. Now she is conducting research at The University of Auckland into caregiving and wants thousands of New Zealand caregivers to share their experience in an online survey.

The New Zealand government is committed to improving the lives of caregivers and in the recent budget announced that 1600 caregivers will receive more money for working as caregivers; however, this is only 0.04 percent of the total number of caregivers in New Zealand.

“Less than three percent of caregivers in New Zealand are able to keep their paid jobs”, says Tracey-Lee. “Caregivers suffer financially and experience health issues, especially stress, depression and anxiety, despite playing a vital role in helping people with disabilities or illness to remain living at home with full lives.”

If you are an adult unpaid caregiver of someone with an illness, or disability, or you have been a caregiver in the past, we want to hear from you.

The University of Auckland with the support of Carers NZ is hoping to recruit up to 2000 caregivers. Findings from this very important study will be used to provide information on what works well to support caregivers, in order to make improvements.

Volunteers in the study will be asked to complete an online survey, which will take approximately 25 minutes to complete.

The survey is anonymous and can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7L3N9Q2 . If you have difficulties in accessing this site please contact Tracey-Lee Dalton via email racey.lee.dalton@gmail.co or mobile 021 116 2950.

For more information contact:

Suzi Phillips Media Relations Advisor Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences The University of Auckland s.phillips@auckland.ac.nz Mob 021 416 396 Phone +64 9 373 7599 ext 87383