NARI is working with the National Mental Health Commission to understand the key issues for older adults to maintain mental health and support those living with mental illness and their carers.

We are keen to hear unique insights about the mental health and wellbeing of older people from older people themselves, family and friend carers, service providers and older persons living with mental health challenges. We want to understand how to maintain and support older persons across the mental health spectrum.

Would you like to support this work? We are currently recruiting participants for focus groups and individual interviews.

Focus group discussions

We are seeking people who are:

  • An older person: Aged 65 years and over (or aged 50 years and over if you are from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, live with HIV or have an experience of chronic homelessness). Participants will receive a $40 gift card.

You do not need to have personal experience of mental health problems to participate. 

  • A carer: An adult (18 years and over) family or friend carer of an older person living with mental illness. Participants will receive a $40 gift card.
  • A service provider: Who works with and supports older people living with mental illness. 

Focus groups will take 1 – 1 ½ hours.

Individual interviews

  • an adult aged 65 years+ (OR 50 years+ if from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders background, living with HIV/AIDS, or have an experience of chronic homelessness)
  • Have a lived experience of mental health problems and have used mental health services in the past 12 months.

Interviews will take 40 – 60 minutes. Participants will receive a $75 gift card.

Contact our team to learn more:

Dr Josefine Antoniades | Email: [email protected] | Phone: 0493 093 969

Mr Peter Feldman | Email: [email protected]

Information on focus groups for older people and carers

Information on focus groups for service providers

Information on interviews with older people