Volunteer - research

NARI's research program relies on the support and interest of older people who generously give their time to take part in our research studies. Volunteers are needed as research participants as well as assisting with research work. Please note that we have many research projects and that some have specific eligibility requirements.

If you are interested in taking part in our research or volunteering your skills please fill out the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form.

 Volunteer Form

Once completed, please return the form to NARI.

Email: NARI reception

Post: NARI, PO Box 2127, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, 3050.

Please feel free to pass this form on to other people who may be interested in participating as a NARI volunteer.

There are several programs underway at NARI or affiliated organisations which require research participants. They are:


Are you interested in helping reduce depression, anxiety and loneliness in older people living in residential aged care?

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver a befriending service to older people living in residential aged care.  Befriending involves having a conversation with a person about everyday topics and events in a friendly way without discussing health problems or emotions.

We want to know whether undertaking befriending with older people living in residential aged care helps reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and decreases their loneliness

Volunteers will be asked to visit a resident once a week for a period of four months.  They will undergo a training session prior to beginning the befriending visits and will be provided with support throughout the program.  After the befriending program they will be asked some questions about their experience.

If you would are interested in being involved or would like more information, please contact Marcia Fearn (m.fearn@nari.edu.au or (03) 8387 2512).

Befriendas call for volunteers


Are you caring for someone with dementia?

We are looking for research participants to take part in a program delivered via video conferencing. The aim is to determine whether is helpful for carers of a person with dementia to better understand and respond to the behaviours of the person they care for.

To participate in the study, you need to: be 18 years of age or over, be caring for and living with someone with dementia and live within 100k radius of Melbourne.

This program involves eight weekly face-to-face (via videoconferencing) sessions of education, relaxation and counselling.

To find out more about this project, please contact Ellen Gaffy at NARI on (03) 8387 2296 or at e.gaffy@nari.edu.au

Read more about how you can participate in START