Carers invited to share their experiences

25 Jun 2013 | Partners in Care

After being hit by a car in 2003, Tracey-Lee Dalton’s world flipped upside down. Formerly she was a caregiver then in an instant became the care recipient. Her experiences have motivated her to undertake a PhD study at the University of Auckland into caregiving. She hopes thousands of New Zealand caregivers will share their experience in an online survey.

If you are an adult informal caregiver (unpaid family or friend) of someone with an illness, or disability, or you have been a caregiver in the past, Tracey-Lee wants to hear from you. The University of Auckland with the support of Carers NZ is aiming to recruit up to 2000 caregivers. Findings from this study will be used to provide information on what works well to support caregivers, in order to make improvements.

The New Zealand government is committed to improving the lives of caregivers and in the recent budget announced that 1600 caregivers will receive more money for working as caregivers; however, this is only 0.04 percent of the total number of caregivers in New Zealand.

Less than three percent of caregivers in New Zealand are able to keep their paid jobs. Caregivers suffer financially and experience health issues, especially stress, depression and anxiety. This study provides the opportunity for change. Caregivers play a vital role in helping people with disabilities or illness to remain living at home with full lives.

The online survey will take approximately 25 minutes to complete and your responses are anonymous.

The survey will remain on line throughout 2013 and possibly longer, depending on how many responses are received.

It can be found at

If you have difficulties in accessing this site please contact Tracey-Lee Dalton via email or mobile 021 116 2950.

Last updated 25/06/2013