Effective Caring

Effective Caring

This project was a sequel to work for the Department of Health and Ageing’s Carer Section on assessment to identify the needs of carers (the development of the CENA tool) including the factors that sustain carers in their caring role. Its aim was to identify effective interventions and to develop and propose a prioritised research agenda in this area. 

The Effective Caring project was carried out during 2007 in several stages including an international literature review and a workshop with service delivery and academic experts to identify priorities for improving routine practice in carer support networks and priorities for building a coherent research and development agenda. 

The final report incorporated both the literature review and the outcomes of the national workshop and is expected to be a valuable resource for policy and practice in Australia. It provides an evidence base, both for carer interventions and for a research agenda that complements and extends the work already done on understanding and assessing carers' needs.

Download the Final Report

Eagar K, Owen A, Williams K, Westera A, Marosszeky N, England R and Morris D (2007) Effective Caring: a synthesis of the international evidence on carer needs and interventions. Volume One: The Report. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.

Eagar K, Owen A, Williams K, Westera A, Marosszeky N, England R and Morris D (2007) Effective Caring: a synthesis of the international evidence on carer needs and interventions. Volume Two: Attachments to the Report. Centre for Health Service Development, University of Wollongong.

Related Journal Article

Williams K and Owen A (2009) A contribution to research and development in the carer support sector: lessons on effective caring. Family Matters, 82: 38-46.

Last reviewed: 7 July, 2015

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