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 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


Older men required for research study

At The Royal Melbourne Hospital, we are conducting a research study on the immune system in children and adults with diabetes, compared to people without diabetes (Human Research Ethics Committee Project 88/03).

The immune system changes with age and we would like to include older people who don’t have diabetes in this study.

We are looking for healthy older men without diabetes, who are more than 80 years of age, living in metropolitan Melbourne, who would be willing to donate a single blood sample of 70 ml (4 tablespoons). The blood sample would be taken from an arm vein in the same way as a routine blood test.  It would be anonymous and no further sample would be needed.

No travel is required. We will visit volunteer donors where they reside, at their convenience.

Please contact Professor Len Harrison by phone (0418174188) or email (harrison@wehi.edu.au).