Journal article

A longitudinal population-based study of carers of people with psychosis

AWC Poon, C Harvey, A Mackinnon, L Joubert



AIMS: Few studies have examined the experiences of carers of people with psychosis using a representative sample. Aiming to obtain generalisable results concerning carers in the context of increased emphasis on involving carers in Australian mental health service delivery and policy frameworks, this study recruited carers within the second Australian national survey of psychotic disorders (Survey of High Impact Psychosis, SHIP). Given that most SHIP participants had long-term illness and extended relationships with carers, the health and wellbeing of carers as a group were expected to be relatively stable. However, since it is unknown whether carers' health and wellbeing would change, our ma..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This publication is based on data (patient-related) collected in the framework of the 2010 Australian National Survey of High Impact Psychosis. The members of the Survey of High Impact Psychosis Study Group are: V. Morgan (National Project Director), A. Jablensky (Chief Scientific Advisor), A. Waterreus (National Project Coordinator), R. Bush, V. Carr, D. Castle, M. Cohen, C. Galletly, C. Harvey, B. Hocking, A. Mackinnon, P. McGorry, J. McGrath, A. Neil, S. Saw, H. Stain. Ethics approvals for the SHIP study were obtained from relevant institutional human research ethics committees. The SHIP study was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. This report acknowledges all the effort and hard work by the local site coordinators. We would also like to thank mental health professionals who participated in the preparation and conduct of the survey and the many Australians with psychotic disorders and their caregivers who gave their time and whose responses form the basis of this publication.