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Caring for yourself and others

The Carer Wellbeing Survey

 

 

Research Team

The team working on the project are:

Dr Jacki Schirmer

Dr Riyana Miranti

Dr Mel Mylek

Ms Kimberley Brown

Ms Celia Maddox

 

The Regional Wellbeing Survey team are proud to be partnering with Carers Australia to conduct a national survey into the wellbeing of carers and their support services. The Caring for Others & Yourself: Carer Wellbeing Survey asks people to share their experiences – past and present – of being a carer and the support services they use.

Results from the 2022 carer wellbeing survey can be found here:

2022 Carer Wellbeing Survey full report

Results from the 2021 carer wellbeing survey can be found here:

Carer-Wellbeing-Survey-Executive-Summary

Carer-Wellbeing-Survey_Full-Report

Caring for other people can take many forms, and so can the benefits and challenges that come with providing care to another person. The 2021 Carer Wellbeing Survey asked about the types of care provided to others, and the types of supports or services accessed in caring roles, including the Australian Government Carer Gateway. In 2022 the Carer Wellbeing Survey examined whether the wellbeing of Australia’s carers changed between 2021 and 2022. It also provided deeper analysis of key aspects of carers’ wellbeing and access to support.

This project extends on previous work undertaken as part of the Regional Wellbeing Survey, in which we identified that carers living in rural and regional areas often experience challenges to their wellbeing, and how these challenges varied for different carers (the report is available here)

You can download a copy of the 2021 survey questions here.

More information about the survey, including how the privacy and confidentiality of participants is protected, can be found in our information sheet.

 

Sharing findings

Throughout the research, we will share our findings via public reports and media articles, and will update this webpage as publications become available. 

     

    HELP US IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE IN RURAL & REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

    Join us this November at the Building Wellbeing into Policy and Action in Australia workshop, being held at the University of Canberra. At the workshop you will hear about the diversity of wellbeing initiatives currently happening in Australia across the government, not-for-profit and private sectors.

    Organisations across Australia are increasingly embedding consideration of wellbeing outcomes in their decision making and investment processes. At the summit, you will hear examples of how this is being done by different governments, not-for-profit organisations and community groups, as well as in industries such as agriculture. Participants will discuss key opportunities, challenges and needs going forward in Australia, and identify priorities for future action.

    Through the workshop, we aim to build a network of people interested in working together to continue building wellbeing into policy and action across Australia. All participants are encouraged to discuss opportunities to continue discussions and action beyond the workshop.

     

    Register here for the workshop 

    Participants can register to participate in person in Canberra, or online. You can register for one day or for the whole workshop. Follow the link below to register:

    https://canberra.onestopsecure.com/canberra/onestopweb/VW6/booking?e=2022WS

     

    Workshop program

    The workshop includes a packed program – download the workshop program here

    If you have any problems logging in online, please email wellbeingsummit@canberra.edu.au

     

    Monday 21 November

    9.30-10.00: Wellbeing in politics and policy: why do we need wellbeing-focused decision making?

    Speakers in this session include Mike Salvaris and Geoff Woolcock from the Australian National Development Index, and speakers from the OECD.

    10.00-10.30: International perspectives: lessons for building wellbeing into policy and action

    Speaker in this session is Kate Scrivens, OECD Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability
    and Equal Opportunity.

    11.00-12.30: From measurement to action: lessons from international experience.

    Hear from speakers including Bryan Smale (Canadian Index of Wellbeing), Rob Tanton with Jacki Schirmer (University of Canberra) and Cressida Gaukroger (lead author of the Centre for Policy Development’s recent report reviewing lessons from international experience for wellbeing initiatives in Australia).

    1.30-3.20 Wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s governments – Session 1

    Speakers from the Australian, State and Territory governments, those in the university and private sector who are working with different jurisdictions, will talk about their work developing a wellbeing economy, wellbeing frameworks, and wellbeing-centric decision making. Speakers include Tim Ogden (Treasury), Peter Robinson (ACT Government), Helen Thomas (Wellbeing SA), and Mike Salvaris with Geoff Woolcock (Australian National Development Index).

    3.40-5.00pm Wellbeing into policy and action for specific sectors and groups

    Hear about how different groups are developing wellbeing-focused approaches to policy and action to support the wellbeing of groups including children and carers. Speakers include Joyce Cleary (Deakin University), Gemma Wood (Australian Youth Development Index, Numbers and People Synergy), and Kate Reynolds with Robert Gotts (National Student Wellbeing Project).

    Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for building wellbeing into policy and action for children, carers, those with disability, and other specific groups.

    5.00-6.00pm Social networking drinks

     

    Tuesday 22 November

    9.00-10.30: Sustainability, climate change, disasters and wellbeing

    Hear about how we can develop Earth-centred wellbeing approaches, and maintain wellbeing through disasters, from speakers including Michelle Maloney (Australian Earth Laws Alliance and New Economy Network Australia), Julie Boulton (Monash University) and Rebecca Huntley (89 Degrees East).

    Discussion: Sustainable wellbeing in a changing climate

    11.00-1.00pm: From measurement to action: from data to action across Australia

    Hear about the different groups who are measuring wellbeing across Australia using surveys and statistical data collections. Find out where you can access information, and help identify key needs going forward. Speakers include Mark Wooden (Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey), Ray Lovett (Australian National University), Kate Lycett (Deakin University) and Lauren Binns (ABS).

    Discussion: Challenges and opportunities for data collection and measurement

    1.30-3.30 Urban, regional, rural and remote – wellbeing from all regions

    How do we build wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s diverse regions? Hear from speakers including Jacki Schirmer (University of Canberra), Kim Houghton (Regional Australia Institute), Susi Tegen (National Rural Health Alliance) and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation.

    Discussion: Wellbeing into policy and action for all regions

    3.50-5.10pm Wellbeing into policy and action for all: not-for-profit and community sector
    experience

    Hear about how not-for-profit and community groups are working to build wellbeing into policy and action, and the challenges and opportunities experienced. Speakers include Ben Latham (Victorian Council of Social Service), Julia Keady (X Factor Collective), Peter Gordon (Hands Across Canberra, Vital Signs initiative) and Andrew Yule (Jesuit Social Services).

    6.30pm Dinner - Societal wellbeing: what's the economy got to do with it? Speaker Katherine Trebeck

     

    Wednesday 23 November

    9.00-11.00am Wellbeing into policy and action across Australia’s jurisdictions – Session 2

    Speakers from the Australian, State and Territory governments, those in the university and private sector who are working with different jurisdictions, will talk about their work developing a wellbeing economy, wellbeing frameworks, and wellbeing-centric decision making. Speakers include Arthur Grimes (Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellbeing), Sandro Demaio, (VicHealth), Richard Parsons (DPI NSW), Michael Gadiel (NSW Treasury) and Libby Lester (University of Tasmania).

    Discussion: What are the best paths to building wellbeing into policy and action?

    11.30-1.00pm Closing session: Identifying priorities for building wellbeing into policy and action and next steps

    This session will include group discussion to identify the priorities and needs for building wellbeing into policy and action in Australia going forward.

     

    Speakers

    You will hear from inspiring speakers who will discuss the different approaches being used in Australia and internationally to build policy and decision making processes that best support societal wellbeing, from local to national scale.

    Join us in person or virtually to hear from our expert speakers, including:

    • Katherine Trebeck, co-founder of the Wellbeing Economy Alliance and WEAll Scotland
    • Michelle Maloney, co-founder of the New Economy Network Australia and the Australian Earth Laws Alliance
    • Bryan Smale, Director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing
    • Cressida Gaukroger of the Centre for Policy Development and lead author of the recent report Redefining progress: global lessons for an Australian approach to wellbeing
    • Arthur Grimes, Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy, Victoria University of Wellington
    • Peter Robinson, discussing the ACT Wellbeing Framework
    • Mike Salvaris and Geoff Woolcock discussing the Australian National Development Index
    • Sandro DeMaio of VicHealth, discussing the recently launched Wellbeing Economy Toolkit and Wellbeing Economy website
    • Libby Lester, University of Tasmania, discussing The Tasmania Project and Good Life Initiative
    • Jacki Schirmer, leader of the Regional Wellbeing Survey, Carer Wellbeing Survey and Living Well in the ACT region survey

    …and many more from organisations including The Treasury, NSW Government, Wellbeing SA, Regional Wellbeing Survey, and National Student Wellbeing Project.

    Contact us

    Have questions? Contact us at wellbeingsummit@canberra.edu.au.

     

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