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. Please note that we have many research projects and that some have specific eligibility requirements.

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

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.unimelb.edu.au

Read more about how you can participate in START

Stand up and Go 

NARI and the University of Melbourne are on the look out for 45 volunteers to take part in Stand Up and Go, a research study focusing on physical activity and sitting time. Volunteers with Type 2 Diabetes will work with the researchers to determine whether reducing sitting time and/or increasing physical activity levels helps to improve their physical and cognitive function.

More information or for public inquiries, ring 03 9298 2377 or email j.southam@nari.unimelb.edu.au

Read more about how you can participate in Stand Up and Go

Consumer Wearables for Healthy Ageing

The global trend of population ageing has brought great emphasis on ‘healthy ageing’.  A growing number of older adults are adopting wearable devices to monitor aspects of their health, such as physical activity level, nutrition and sleep,  possibly in anticipation of improved wellbeing.  Researchers at NARI and in the Health and Biomedical Informatics Centre (HaBIC) at The University of Melbourne are conducting a study to understand how older people are using consumer wearables for health self-management.

Are you 55 years or older? Do you use a smart watch (e.g. Fitbit) or other wearable to keep track of your health and fitness? Do you have 20 minutes to fill in a survey?  Researchers at NARI and HaBIC would appreciate your participation.

It is possible to take this survey online OR by email:

1.              For online survey: Click on the link to the online survey: https://redcap.healthinformatics.unimelb.edu.au/surveys/?s=97AM43MMD3

2.              For email survey: Request a copy of the survey by contacting Deepa Prabhu at dprabhu@student.unimelb.edu.au.  You may take this survey by downloading the attachment, printing it, writing on it, scanning it and returning it to Deepa by email.

Technology Explorers Wanted

Are you aged 70 or over and interested in exploring the role of new technologies in facilitating ageing well?

NARI is involved in an Australian Research Council Discovery Project that is exploring the use of virtual worlds and avatars in facilitating social participation and ageing well.

Researchers are looking to recruit two groups of approximately 15, 70+ mature age individuals in Melbourne and Bendigo. Technology Explorers would need to be able to get themselves to one of these locations.

If you are interested, you will participate in several bimonthly forums that will trial a range of virtual reality systems and avatars as well as other new technologies that have relevance for seniors. Each meeting will last no longer than two hours and will include lunch.

In addition to trialing virtual reality systems, participants will be subsequently asked to take part in interviews, focus groups, online surveys and design workshops to evaluate each system and play a contributory role in developing prototype virtual environments and avatars.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please e-mail Steven Baker steven.baker@unimelb.edu.au




If you are interested in taking part in our research please fill out the Volunteer Expression of Interest Form. NARI volunteer and research participant EOI 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.