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Can dementia education improve stress and quality of life for dementia carers?

We are not recruiting at the moment. We will resume recruitment in January. Please send us an email to register your interest.

Caring for someone with dementia can be demanding and stressful. Stress in carers may also affect the wellbeing of people with dementia.

This project aims to investigate whether carers’ stress can be reduced by providing dementia education and engagement in a course with other carers with similar experiences of care. We would also like to find out whether participation in dementia education can lead to improved quality of life for dementia carers and people with dementia for whom they care. We will compare those completing the online course with those receiving information via emails.

The Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania is seeking carers of people living with dementia to participate in a research study.

We are seeking anyone who is:

  • Currently living in Australia
  • Aged 18 and older
  • A primary carer of a person living with dementia
  • Familiar with using Internet-based resources in English and have access to a device suitable for engaging with Internet-based information.

If you would like to find out more, we would love to hear from you.

T: 03 6226 4752 or 03 6226 5721

Questions and Answers

First, you will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires online asking how you feel and think about caring for a family member with dementia. Second, you will receive information on dementia either through an online course or via emails over 7 weeks. You will be invited to repeat the online questionnaires at the end of the online information phase, and again 6 months later. Finally, you will be invited to phone interview asking for your feedback on the study. Detailed information can be found here ( 761.1 KB).

It may take up to approximately 2 hours to complete the online questionnaires each time, but most people will take less than this. Learning about dementia via the online course will take up to around 21 hours over the 7 weeks, and via the emails will take around 3.5 hours over the 7 weeks. Finally, the phone interview will take approximately 30 minutes. Detailed information can be found here ( 761.1 KB).

Yes, you can, as long as you identify yourself as a primary carer.

Yes. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time without any consequences. If you do choose to withdraw, you can make a choice to either leave your data in the study or have it removed.

Just let us know and we can find a solution for you.

We encourage you to complete the course or read the information we send you to be able to accurately measure the effects of the program. However, it is up to you to participate as much or little as you want.

Yes, our research staff can assist you over the phone or via e-mail.

Yes. Please tell people, especially other dementia carers, who you think might be interested.