Australian Centre on Quality of Life

Our Projects

  • Investigators: Dr Delyse Hutchinson, Prof Bob Cummins, Prof Craig Olsson, Prof Ben Richardson, Assoc Prof Matthew Fuller-Tyszkiewicz, Dr Linda Hartley-Clark, Tanja Capic, Samantha Teague, Sarah Khor, Keri Little, Prof Greg Tooley and Prof Brendan Crotty

    The following ACQOL research studies are supported by the Australian Unity and Deakin Univeraity Industry Partnership Project:

  • Australian Unity Cross-sectional Wellbeing Survey (AUWBI)

    Part of the Australian Unity and Deakin University Industry Partnership

    In 2001, Australian Unity and ACQOL partnered together to create AUWBI with the aim of creating an index of perceived wellbeing for the Australian population. General population surveys are conducted from one to four times each year. Each survey comprises 2,000 new respondents, selected randomly on a demographically proportional basis. Data are collected by telephone using a call centre.

  • Australian Unity Longitudinal Wellbeing Survey (AULWS)

    Part of the Australian Unity and Deakin University Industry Partnership

    The AULWS supplements the AUWBI; at the end of the cross-sectional surveys, participants are asked whether they would like to participate in future surveys of a similar nature. As the cross-sectional surveys continued with a new sample of 2000 participants each time, surveys of the AULWS were distributed approximately biannually to a dynamic subgroup of these participants. AULWS surveys allow for a more comprehensive set of questionnaire items to be included, on the basis that participants have indicated their readiness to be included in a study of this kind.

  • StressLess Mobile App Study for Carers' Wellbeing

    Part of the Australian Unity and Deakin University Industry Partnership

    There are 2.7 million Australians currently providing unpaid care or support to loved ones living with disability (including frail age), chronic illness, mental health issues or substance misuse. Whilst carers themselves place a high degree of value in their caregiving role, such active investment can come at a psychological cost when high levels of stress and low levels of subjective wellbeing are experienced as a result of long-term and often hidden caregiving. The StressLess Mobile App Study aims to explore the effect of tailored intervention delivered via a smartphone app to reduce stress and improve wellbeing in adults who support a close friend or family member with a physical or mental condition.

  • Chief Investigator: Dr Linday Tunbridge

    An individual's personal wellbeing level is maintained by a psychological system that evolved to keep levels within a narrow range. When the system is working well, the individual consistently experiences a stable positive mood that produces motivation for life. Whilst the system is robust, it is not impervious to threats such as those posed by leprosy. How the system responds to this particular threat may contribute to our understanding of factors that ultimately protect our mental health from psychopathology such as depression.

  • Chief Investigator: Dr Antonina Mikocka-Walus

    This large-scale systematic review and a meta-analysis systhematises current evidence on quality of life levels in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) as compared to various types of controls.

  • The western world-view is dominated by notions of progress. Progress is about making life better. That is, improving quality of life and wellbeing. Indicators are crucial to such progress because we cannot know, as a society, whether quality of life is improving unless we can monitor and measure how it is changing. Policies, for example, are judged on how they affect relevant indicators. Quality of life is subjective as well as objective, a matter of how people feel about life as well as the material conditions in which they live. Interestingly, however, these two kinds of measurement are normally poorly related. So we need both. There are a plethora of objective measures that relate to quality of life and wellbeing. There is, however, a lack of subjective measures that are rigorous, comprehensive and systematic. The Australian Unity Wellbeing Index is designed to fill this niche. It has the aim of promoting greater public and political awareness of the social factors underpinning wellbeing, as well as enhancing scientific understanding of subjective wellbeing.

  • The origin of this project occurred early in 2001 when a contract was signed between Australian Unity, a financial services and healthcare company based in Melbourne, and the Australian Centre on Quality of Life at Deakin University. This contract established a partnership with the aim of creating an index of perceived wellbeing for the Australian population. Under the terms of this agreement, general population surveys are conducted from one to four times each year. Each survey comprises 2,000 new respondents, selected randomly on a demographically proportional basis. Data are collected by telephone using a call centre. Under the terms of the contract, both parties own all data and there is no restriction on their use for scientific purposes. In addition, Australian Unity supports the Index being used and developed as a scientific tool. In this spirit they encourage investigations into the usefulness of the Index in other countries. The generic name for the index outside Australia is the International Wellbeing Index which involves two scales. A seven item Personal Wellbeing Index, which measures Subjective Wellbeing, and a six item National Wellbeing Index, which measures perceptions of national wellbeing. All items utilize an end-defined response scale of satisfaction, rated 0 to 10. Further methodological details are presented in each report.

Australian Unity Wellbeing Index – Results

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Author Year Title File(s)/Resources
Trish Ayers 2011 Subjective Wellbeing: An appraisal of the role of HPMood, Approach-Avoidant Control, Extraversion and Neuroticism
Catherine Bearsley 1997 No Place Called Home: Quality of Life and Meaning in Life of Homeless Youths
Christopher Best 1996 The Quality of Rural and Metropolitan Life
Renée Bittar 2009 Subjective Wellbeing Maintenance: Investigating Depression as Suppressed Homeostatically Protected Mood
Jed Blore 2008 Subjective Wellbeing: An assessment of Competing Theories
Judith Cahill 1998 The Role of Primary and Secondary Control Mechanisms in the Subjective Well-Being of People on Methadone Matintenance Treatment Programmes
Nikki Cameron 2014 An Investigation of the Psychometric Properties of the Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI)
Tanja Capic 2014 Estimation of set-points and range for Subjective Wellbeing and Homeostatically Protected Mood
Christopher Caras 2003 Religiosity/Spirituality, and Subjective Wellbeing
Jung Chin 2004 Volunteer's Satisfaction and Subjective Wellbeing among Prosocial Individuals
James Collard 2009 The Role of Positive Irrational Beliefs in Mental Health & Wellbeing
Christy Collins 2001 Psychological and Situational Influences on Commuter Transport Mode Choice
Vanessa Cook 2003 Subjective wellbeing: An Integration of Depression, Stress, and Homeostasis Theory
Rachel Cousins 2001 Predicting Subjective Quality of Life: The Contributions of Personality and Perceived Control
Melanie Davern 2004 Subjective Wellbeing As An Affective Construct
Belinda Davey 2004 Failure of Homeostatic Subjective Well-being as a Model for Depression: An empirical study
Jessica de Maeyer 2010 Quality of life among opiate-dependent individuals after starting methadone maintenance treatment
Megan de Souza 2008 The Relationship Between Primary and Secondary Control and Eating Behaviour
Marie Crozier-Durham 2007 Work/Life Balance: Personal and Organisational Strategies of School Leaders
Lisa Engel 2009 Psychological Impact of DAFNE Training in Adults with Type 1 Diabetes
Elham Foroughi 1995 Cross-cultural Quality Of Life alnong Persians
Laura Francke 2004 A six-month study of the impact of the Active Linkage Initiative on Quality of Life in Licensed Boarding Houses in New South Wales
Camilla Franklin 2013 Subjective Wellbeing: The Role of Resilience and the Resources Maintaining the Homeostatic System
Francie Garretto 2000 Life satisfaction homeostasis and the role of personality
Dominic Germano 2002 Quality of Life and Sense of Coherence in People with Arthritis
Alison Gluskie 2011 Subjective Wellbeing in Children
Alex Hakuzimana 2005 Quality of Assessment in Adults with HIV Infection in the Treatment and Research AIDS Center (TRAC) HIV Clinic of Kigali. A Cross-Sectional Study
Lauren Hateley 2005 Experiential influences on Subjective-Wellbeing: The role of Loneliness, Transport Accessibility and Geographic Location
Luke Heeps 2001 The Role of Primary/Secondary Control in Positve Psychological Adjustment
Debbie Jehobo 2001 Quality of Life after Migration to Australia: A Comparative Study of Vietnamese and Filipino immigrants
Francine Jellesma 2008 Somatic Complaints in Childhood: How they are related to children's emotional and social functioning
Katja Joronen 2005 Adolescents' Subjective Well-being in their Social Contexts
Wendy Lynn Kennedy 2011 Health Satisfaction and Perceived Control: Investigating Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis
Kylie King 2001 The Subjective Quality of Life of People with MS and their Partners
Pieter Kriel 2006 The relationship of morality, ethics and justice to quality of worklife
Lufanna Lai 2010 Religiosity and Subjective Wellbeing in Christianity, Buddhism and Taoism
Lucy Lake 2004 Volunteerism and Perceived Control as Predictors of Subjective Well-Being
Catherine M E Lally 1999 Paternal Committment and Quality of Life
Michael Leary 2002 Is Social Justice Possible? A critique of the responses of F.A. Hayek, John Rawls and Alasdair MacIntyre.
Markus Lorbergs 2012 An Exploration into Physical Activity and Subjective Wellbeing Homeostasis
Yvonne McKendrick MacKay 2008 The Processes through which Affect Infuses Judgements of Subjective Well-Being
Rod McCrea 2003 Cognitive mechanisms underlying mood bias in life satisfaction judgements: Affect-as-information or affect priming?
Elise Maher 1999 Subjective Quality of Life, Perceived Control, and Dispositional Optimism among Older People
Elise Maher 2002 Overcoming Controllable and Uncontrollable Work Difficulties: Change Environment or Self?
Kathleen Jane Martindale 2010 An investigation into the subjective wellbeing of people with an intellectual disability
Leena Matikka 2001 Service-orientated Assessment of Quality of Life of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Kathleen Matuska 2010 Validity Evidence for a Model and Measure of Life Balance
Trevor Mazzucchelli 2010 Behavioural Activation Interventions for Depression and Well-being
Wendy McPherson 2001 Spirituality and Well-Being
Bianca Miller 2005 The Relationship of Healthy Eating, Exercise and Sleep with Subjective Well-being
RoseAnne Misajon 2002 The Homostatic Mechanism: Subjective Quality of Life and Chronic Pain
Zaib – un – Nisa 2015 Linkage of the Components of Subjective Wellbeing with Happiness
Elodie O'Connor 2005 Student Well-Being: A Dimension of Subjective Well-Being?
Kathryn Page 2005 Subjective Wellbeing in the Workplace
Lauren Parker 2005 "Eat Drink and be Merry". Healthy Lifestyle and Subjective Well-being
Jennifer Rashleigh 2004 Relationships: A Significant Factor in Depression?
Michele Roberts 1997 Perceptions of Primary and Secondary Control in Lesbian/Gay and Heterosexual Samples
Ashley Ruyg 2016 Homeostatically Protected Mood as a Primary Source of Shared Variance in Subjective Wellbeing
Melissa Catherine Sadlo 2005 Effects of Communication Mode on Connectedness and Subjective Well-Being
Amy Salt 2002 An Investigation into Community Wellbeing in Urban and Rural Populations
Andrew Seaton 2005 Investing in Intelligence: an Inquiry into Educational Paradigm Change
Catherine Seton 2014 Investigating the effect of item order on the Personal Wellbeing Index
Eylem Simsek 2011 The effects of organizational communication and personality traits on life satisfaction
Michael Staples 2004 The Relationship of Volunteerism and Perceived Control to Personal and Neighbourhood Wellbeing
Colin Thompson 2001 Stress and renewal associated with time spent bushwalking
Adrian Tomyn 2008 Subjective Wellbeing as an Affective Construct: Theory Development and Construction with Adolescents
Belinda Warren 2005 Influences of a Wilderness Experience on Individual Health and Wellbeing: A Case Study on Fraser Island
Sarah Walsh 2008 United States Citizens Retiring in Arizona Versus Costa Rica: An Exploratory Study
Melissa Weinberg 2011 Subjective Wellbeing in Australian Families of Holocaust Survivors

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