Voice Your Experiences

Interested in sharing your experiences?

Here are opportuniteis and current surveys that are being conducted to allow the LGBTI+ community to share & voice their experiences and opinions.



Study on understanding barriers and facilitators of social
connection in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment/early

dementia and their carers/supporters

Are you 60 years and over?

Have you been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or early

Are you supporting/caring for someone with MCI/early dementia?

Can you help us understand social connection in people with lived experience
of dementia?

Macquarie University is conducting research to understand what factors make
it difficult to maintain social activities once someone has been diagnosed with
MCI/early dementia or has started supporting/caring for someone with

MCI/early dementia. We also want to know what factors help people to
maintain social activities.

There are two ways to participate: completing a survey OR joining a Zoom

focus group. The survey is confidential and will take approximately 45 minutes
to complete. The survey will involve additional measurements of mood
(anxiety and depression). The focus groups will take 70-90 minutes. If you have
MCI/early dementia, you will need to do the focus group with your

carer/supporter participating in the same session. All focus group participants

receive a $40 voucher each. All survey participants receive a $20 voucher each.

Please contact Dr Diana Matovic on (02) 9850 8655 or

for more information.

 Pet attachment, loneliness, social isolation and access to medical treatment in Australian adults with chronic conditions.

Link to the survey: https://cqu.syd1.qualtrics.com/…/SV_efdUalXz1NdmXeS

Project Overview

This project is being completed by Eloise Pigott as a research project for the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours).  I am interested in learning about the role pet ownership and pet attachment might have on the health and wellbeing of people living with chronic condition/s.  In particular, I am interested in how people navigate accessing health and medical care while looking after their pets. 

 Who can participate?

Anyone who is over 18 years, living in Australia, cares for a pet and lives with a chronic condition/s.  Chronic conditions can include arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, mental health conditions, and osteoporosis. 

 What does participating involve?

You are invited to participate in an anonymous online survey which consists of questions about your chronic condition/s, your living arrangements, your pets and attachment to your pets, loneliness, social supports and open-ended questions about not accessing medical care or treatment. 

 Completion of the survey will take around 10-15 minutes.

 Is my participation confidential?

The survey will not collect any identifying information; your responses will be anonymous.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions about this project, please contact the Project Supervisor Professor Tania Signal via t.signal@cqu.edu.au or the student Eloise Pigott via eloise.pigott@cqumail.com


Welcome to YOLO! – You Only Live Once

This wellbeing program is designed to help you learn skills for you to live life to the fullest. Life can be hard sometimes, especially for queer people, and our hope is YOLO can help you build ways to cope with whatever life throws at you. YOLO has been live for a number of years and used by a wide range of people, but it has never been tested with the LGBTQIA+ community before. So we are excited to invite you to join a research project designed to help evaluate how well this program works with queer folk.  Find out more here. 

Join one of our committees or groups and help us improve our healthcare services.

Your contribution could improve the experience of others.

Please visit the Consumer Engagement webpage for more information at

Or email sc-engagement@health.qld.gov.au

This video from Annie describes her involvement
as a Consumer Representative.

Get in touch

If you are an LGBTI community member or service organisation seeking to learn more and get involved, we would love to hear from you!