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.

Reports, Publications & Theses

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