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Healthtalk Australia

Healthtalk Australia is a consortium of researchers based at Monash University and the University of Sydney conducting qualitative research into experiences of health and illness.

Healthtalk Australia's research findings are used to produce public websites aimed at supporting people experiencing different health conditions. The websites feature short summaries of the main topics emerging from research interviews, illustrated by video, audio and written clips of people from different backgrounds talking about their experiences of various health and related conditions.

You will also find profiles of people interviewed, and links to up-to-date information about different health conditions, how they are treated, and whom to approach for support and information.


Healthtalk Australia’s aim is to provide evidence-based data on people’s experiences of health and illness that will provide information and support, and assist informed decision making. Interviews typically include people’s accounts of their reactions to diagnosis, consultations with health professionals, support from family and friends, the impact of their health condition on relationships and work, decisions on treatment options, and the experience of taking medications and receiving treatments.

The overall aim is to contribute to the Australian Database of Patient Experiences (DIPEx) for the benefit of the Australian community, researchers, health professionals and policymakers. Healthtalk Australia is a member of DIPEx International.

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Last reviewed: November 2014

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Impact of caring on relationship with person cared for

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Parents' experiences of meeting and bonding with their babies

Most parents, mothers in particular, talked about meeting their newborn babies for the first time. Some experienced an immediate ‘rush of love’ while for others bonding was a more gradual process.

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Advice for other carers

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Body image, sex and dating

When people spoke about their body image, there was more self-acceptance of their body and its flaws as they grew older. People disliked some of the physical changes to their body as they aged, such as a widow’s hump, wrinkles, grey hair or extra weight but these were largely seen as part of the ageing process.

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Experiences of pre-term birth, special care, stillbirth and death of a baby

Most of the parents we spoke to experienced healthy pregnancies and had healthy babies. A few people we talked to described distressing experiences of pre-term birth, babies requiring special care, stillbirth or late miscarriage, and the death of newborn baby.

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Carers’ views on non-pharmaceutical treatments including psychosocial therapies and Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT)

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Recovery and getting better after antenatal and postnatal depression

A number of parents who were either diagnosed with or self-identified as experiencing perinatal depression and/or distress and anxiety talked about various aspects of getting better and recovery, and about how their experiences had changed them.

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How to increase carers’ participation in supporting treatment decisions

How to increase carers’ participation in supporting treatment decisions

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Supporting quality of life of person cared for

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Carers’ experiences of person cared for first becoming unwell

Most of the people we spoke to talked about the time when the person being cared for first became ‘unwell’. Many carers interviewed were parents or siblings who noticed a change in the person cared for during childhood or adolescence.

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