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Research Requests

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HOMESIDE: care partners of people with Dementia

Care partners of people with Alzheimer's

Survey of Postmenopausal Women

Impact of Eye Occlusion on Visual Function with Age

Gut Bacteria and Blood Pressure

Impact of Sleep

Consequences of COVID19

EXCEL Study Part two

Care partners of people with Dementia

Melbourne University is running this program to investigate the effects of music and reading activities for people living with dementia and their family caregivers.

More details of the program are available in the flyer, available for download here.

You can learn more by watching their recruitment video

Homeside video link

click the image to watch

28 November 2021

Care partners of people with Alzheimer's

Epworth Centre for Innovation in Mental Health has a project which is a pilot study entitled ECLIPSE: An early intervention to empower and support care partners of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

This newly designed, weekly, small group-based intervention will be provided over a four week period to care partners of individuals recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to the weekly sessions, interviews will also be conducted to discuss their experience of being a care partner and completion of some questionnaires.

All sessions and interviews will take place remotely (i.e over Zoom).
The eligibility criteria is as follows:
1. Are aged 18 years or older
2. Identify as being a care partner of an individual with mild Alzheimer’s disease
3. Engage in at least four hours of contact care per week
4. Have been a care partner for no longer than five years
5. Are competent to consent based on their ability to provide a spontaneous narrative description of the key elements of the study
6. Have not participated in a care partner support intervention within the past six months.

For further information contact:
Melanie Emonson, (03) 9805 4346 or email

You can download a flyer here

11 November 2021

Online survey of Postmenopausal Women

The Sexual Health Unit at The University of Melbourne is conducting an online survey to find out what postmenopausal women know about bacterial vaginosis. Bacterial vaginosis is a vaginal condition common in younger women, which can increase the risk of acquiring other health conditions, and can impact quality of life, however it is not well understood in postmenopausal women.

The online survey will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is anonymous – no identifying information will be collected.

To participate in the survey, please visit this link

You can download a flyer here

8 July 2021

Impact of Eye Occlusion on Visual Function with Age

Volunteers are needed between 18-75 years old for a research study assessing impact of eye occlusion on visual function with age.

The study will involve a single two-hour session involving an eye examination to determine eligibility and a series of computer-based vision tests.

Volunteers will be reimbursed $20 per session in the form of a gift voucher.

All parts of the study are conducted at the University of Melbourne, Parkville campus.

Ethics ID: 1851069.7.

Enquiries and registration: Janet Chan,, 9035 9979

click here for a flyer

5 July 2021

Gut Bacteria and Blood Pressure

Study 1

Hypertensive participants needed for a Gut bacteria and blood pressure study.

We are recruiting participants to participate in an exciting clinical trial to test if a food supplement that acts on the gut bacteria can lower blood pressure

■ Are you 18–70 years old?
■ Do you have high blood pressure (140/90- 160/100)
■ Are you not taking medication?

Join a 9 week dietary study

For further information please contact Dakota Rhys-Jones
T: 03 9905 8098

Download a flyer here

Study 2

Join us and be a part of novel research conducted by the Hypertension Research Laboratory and the Dept. of Gastroenterology at Monash University

What it involves;

+ Swallowing a pill that measures pH and gut transit time
+ Wearing a 24 hour blood pressure monitor
+ Two visits to the Alfred Centre
+ Donating a blood & faecal sample

Criteria for inclusion;

Are you 18 - 70 years of age? Have a BMI 18.5-35?

For further information please contact Dakota Rhys-Jones
T: 03 9905 8098

Download a flyer here

26 June 2021

Impact of Sleep on Cognition and Driving

Interested in helping us understand the impact of sleep on cognition and driving in older adults?

What will the project involve?

Completing questionnaires
Completion of verbal and paper and pencil cognitive tasks
2 weeks of at-home monitoring

We are seeking adults aged 60-80 having held a driver’s license who:

Are healthy OR
Have new changes in cognition or mood OR
Have a diagnosis of Mild Cognitive Impairment OR
mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s Disease

You will be reimbursed $50 for completing the at-home monitoring and be entered into a draw for a $200 voucher upon completing all parts of the study

If interested, please email us at, or phone us at 03 9905 3553

School of Psychological Sciences
Monash University

7 April 2021

Consequences of COVID19

The Nossal Institute for Global Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia is conducting global research into the economic, health and well-being consequences of COVID 19.

How Are You Going? is the only survey, that we are aware of, focused on learning how people are experiencing the pandemic. Aspects like how people are feeling, how optimistic are they about their own future and that of their country, how has their sense of community changed since the onset of the pandemic, ways this crisis has financially impacted their lives and what are they most worried about.

We want as many people as possible to have the opportunity to be involved in this research and would like to connect with U3A Hawthorn Inc. members to gather their unique experiences of the pandemic. Our online survey will not only help our researchers the impact of COVID-19 on the economic and overall well-being of individuals, but it will also give your members a voice to share their personal experience.

The participation request is for your members to complete an online survey. The survey will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. There are a few household questions to start, this helps our researchers to identify patterns within populations. Responses are all confidential and respondents cannot be personally identified.


About the survey

The project’s Plain Language statement

About interim findings

TO GET INVOLVED -Click here to start the survey

Angela Mudford | Communications Coordinator (Mon, Tues, Thu)

Nossal Institute | Melbourne School of Population and Global Health

29 October 2020

EXCEL Study - Part two

The EXCEL study aims to learn more about physical activity for brain health in middle to older age people who experience memory concerns and mild to moderate symptoms of low mood, stress or anxiety.Participants will take part in a 12-week home-based physical activity program. Download a flyer here.

Rebecca Moorhead | Research Assistant | EXCEL Study Coordinator

Department of Psychiatry | Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age

30 July 2021

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