Carers Australia and three carers associations, Carers Victoria, Carers SA and Carers NT, are working with Professor Bob Cummins of Deakin University to measure the effectiveness of the counselling provided by the National Carer Counselling Program (NCCP).
The results of the research are very positive and conclude that subjective wellbeing is significantly improved through counselling.
An earlier research report showed that carers have the lowest wellbeing of any group (ever measured by Deakin University), but this new research shows that carers coming into counselling have even lower wellbeing than carers generally.
What is even more significant is that the research showed that carers who attended counselling with the NCCP had a significant improvement in wellbeing.
Further research revealed that not only is a carer’s wellbeing improved by counselling, but three months after the last session their wellbeing has maintained this improvement.
The research report concludes that the general Australian population has a subjective wellbeing level of around 73-76 on a scale of 0-100. Carers as a group have subjective wellbeing of 58.5. This group of carers subjective wellbeing before counselling averaged 49.1 across the measures. Three months after counselling it was 61.8.
Carers Australia wishes to acknowledge and thank those carers who took time out of their very busy lives to participate in this valuable study.