Australian Centre on Quality of Life

ACQOL Collaborators

Australian Unity

Australian Unity is a mutual organisation that has been helping Australians thrive for more than 175 years in the areas of health, wealthy and living. We support almost one million customers, including nearly 300,000 members nationwide, to meet their health and financial needs.

Australian Unity is proud of its 17-year partnership with Deakin University to make the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index available to academics, researchers and the general public. Australian Unity believes it makes a significant contribution to the nation's understanding of wellbeing.

For further information, you can visit the Australian Unity website at: http://www.australianunity.com.au/about-us/wellbeing.


Researcher Collaborations

ACQOL also collaborates with other researchers through two consortiums; ACQOL Members and the International Wellbeing Group.



Become involved

ACQOL is committed to enhancing our understanding of quality of life and subjective wellbeing. We invite anyone interested in our research to collaborate with us.


ACQOL Members

Quality of Life researchers, including students, are also invited to become an ACQOL Member. ACQOL maintains a membership register for the following purposes:


To become an ACQOL Member, please complete the following form:





You can also view our current list of members.


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International Wellbeing Group

Finally, researchers are invited to join ACQOL's International Wellbeing Group. Beginning in November 2001, an international collaborative network has gradually assembled with the aim of developing a brief, standard index to measure population subjective wellbeing. The International Wellbeing Group currently involves researchers from a number of countries.

Each Researcher intends to trial the Index in their own country. Morever, Group members are agreed that, to whatever extend possible, the same form of the Index will be used. It is not, however, envisaged the the Index will remain unchanged over time. Instead, an initial iteration of the Index has been agreed, and a key concept underpinning this project is that it will undergo controlled evolution as theory and empirical data are brought to bear on its composition. To this end there is an active e-forum that discusses the composition of the Index as data are progressively collected and analysed.

The International Wellbeing Group is comprised of members as follows:

Invitation to join

As has been stated, the aim of the International Wellbeing Group is to develop an index of perceived wellbeing that is cross-culturally valid and reliable. The Group has agreed to use whatever version of the Index is current, and to let the evolutionary process guide future development. If you are planning to use the Index we invite you to join the Group as a Researcher. Should you wish to accept this invitation, please contact Bob Cummins.