Current Research & Best Practice

Research Update: Carers counselling intervention study (2012)

Current Research & Best Practice

Research Update: Carers counselling intervention study (2012)

Research Update: Carers counselling intervention study



Cummins, Robert A., Campbell, Peter & Hammond, Thomas. 2012, ‘Carers counselling intervention study Vol. 2', Deakin University, Geelong, Victoria.



This report details the procedures and findings from two phases of a pilot study, designed to determine the effectiveness of the Carers Australia counselling intervention.  Carers Victoria has been working together with Carers Australia, Carers SA, Carers NT -and Deakin University to measure the effectiveness of counselling through the National Carer Counselling Program.

This second report, with much more data, has shown that not only is counselling significantly improving carers' wellbeing - but when measured three months after the last session - their wellbeing has continued to improve.

This report describes the first two phases of the study. The first phase has been described in our earlier report (Cummins et al., 2011). The second phase has incorporated the data collected in the first phase, thereby making the results more reliable due to larger numbers of respondents. This report contains the results of both phases in order to give an historical perspective.

In summary, the program has been successful in demonstrating the effectiveness of the counselling program to increase carer wellbeing. Phase 2 of this project has also shown that this increased wellbeing has been well maintained 3 months following the last counselling session.

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