University student is studying burden of carers
June 25, 2012
A researcher from the University of Queensland is conducting a study that details the impact of caregiving on individuals' health and work performance, as reported by Australian Ageing Agenda.
"My research aims to better understand the impact of caregiving so that we can facilitate better support initiatives to assist caregivers with their responsibilities," Claire Greaves, a PhD candidate, told the news source.
She is currently recruiting carers for participation in her study. Participants will answer two online questionnaires during a six-month period. The first survey will be during June and July of 2012, while the second takes place between November of the same year and January of 2013.
Study participants may also volunteer a colleague or supervisor who can answer an anonymous survey about the subjects' ability to work. Anyone who is interested is encouraged to visit the study's website and Facebook page.
There are about 2.6 million unpaid carers in Australia, as estimated by the organization Carers Australia. More than 1.5 million of them are of working age. In 2010, productivity losses attributed to workers' caregiving duties added up to about A$6.5 billion. For 2012, the amount of care provided by these individuals will be the equivalent of $40.9 billion.