Our self-assessment is designed to understand quality of life

Project Title: Ageing-well across the lifespan – a survey on quality of life
Investigators: Dr Naseem Ahmadpour (The University of Sydney), A/Prof Sonja Pedell, Jeanie Beh (Swinburne University of Technology)

Project Summary
While the physical competencies of an ageing person may decline, their desire for maintaining their independence and autonomy remains strong. To attain a satisfactory lifestyle in advanced ages, requires a deep level of understanding about the factors that highly influence one’s physical as well as psychological well-being. The goal of this project is to create and validate a framework for evaluating the well-being of older Australians (55 plus) in relation to their physical health, everyday activities particularly at home, social interactions and personal strivings. As the result we will be able to establish a realistic picture of the particular needs, emotions and motivations of the ageing population in Australia, and identify the areas that are most significant for understanding the barriers to living independently and improving the well-being of this population.
Your Involvement
The collection of data will take place using an online survey. To participate, please complete the digital survey on a range of questions about your life style and health. We expect that the activity will take approx. 25 minutes of your time and is voluntary. The collection of this data will help us to develop a quality of life model and make recommendations in the future on what products and services Australians would like to enable them to remain in their own home for longer.
Data Usage and Confidentiality
By responding to this survey, you will consent to your data being used for the project “Ageing well across the lifespan”. During the project, recorded data will be stored on password-protected computers, only accessible to the researchers. Once the project is complete, all data and analysis will be retained at least five years from date of the last publication, and can only be accessed by the chief investigator via password.
Privacy Protection
The information collected in this project will be treated confidential and used for research purposes only. We will present the results of the study at conferences and publish the findings in academic journals. No individual person will be identified. We will use code names for participants in all written work and public presentations.
Voluntary Participation
We do not expect any risks to participants. However, participants may discontinue answering the questions at any time. Should you feel distressed by any the questions we recommend you get in touch with www.lifeline.org.au/ on 13 11 14.
Email Addresses
We would like to compare our data in about 6-12 months with the same group of people. If you are interested in this research and agree to be contacted by us to answer this questionnaire again please fill in your email address. We won’t pass on your details to anyone and you do not commit to continue with this research giving us your email.
Further Information about the project:
Any questions regarding the project entitled Ageing-well across the lifespan – a survey on quality of life can be directed to the Chief Investigator A/Prof Sonja Pedell, Swinburne University. Email: spedell@swin.edu.au Phone: 9214 6079. This project has been approved by or on behalf of Swinburne’s Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC, Project 2017/320) in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. If you have any concerns or complaints about this project, you can contact: Research Ethics Office Office, Swinburne University. Email: resethics@swin.edu.au. Phone: 9214 3845.

Thank you.

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* 1. Gender

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* 2. Age

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* 3. Height

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* 4. Weight

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* 5. Post code

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* 6. Email Address
(voluntarily for us to follow-up with you regarding future research on this topic)

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