A research project led by Griffith University is exploring the effects of COVID-19 related social service closures on the lives of older people, people with dementia and informal carers in Australia. 

We are looking for volunteers who can participate in our online survey to hear about your experiences during lockdown and how it affected your everyday life. 

The study involves you completing an online survey three times over 12 weeks. The first time you complete the survey will take approximately 45 minutes. We will ask you about your use of social support services, self-isolation and your well-being. Alternatively, a telephone conversation can be scheduled, instead of completing the survey on-line, after contacting the research team. 

We are also looking for volunteers to be interviewed about their experiences during COVID-19 lockdown. The aim of this interview is to explore the effects of coronavirus related closures of social care services on the lives of people with dementia and family carers. We are also interested in whether there might be any barriers to accessing substitute care depending on where you live and your background. 

Contact Dr Katarzyna Lion on [email protected] (07 3735 8440) if you are interested to be interviewed. 

The study obtained a Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee clearance (GU ref no: 2020/488). Griffith University conducts research in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of this research project, please contact: The Manager, Research Ethics, Office for Research, Bray Centre, Nathan Campus, Griffith University (Tel: 07 3735 4375 or [email protected]).