Study Progress

PHASE 1 – Yarning Groups and Interview Complete
Our team was busy in 2017 and 2018 running yarning group and interviews around the country. We spoke with over 360 people, who shared their views with our team about the things that make a good life for them and the parts of their lives that are important to their wellbeing.
These views have helped our team to create a set of strengths-based statements, which will be used in the wellbeing tool. This work was guided by the Indigenous Research Group.


Meeting of the Indigenous Project Advisory Group in Darwin
Our study is overseen by an Indigenous Project Advisory Group (IPAG), chaired by Professor Yvonne Cadet-James. The IPAG met in Darwin in February 2019 and provided detailed guidance on the wording and selection of the final set of wellbeing statements. The IPAG will meet again later in 2019 to assist our team in the development of the survey tool questions.


PHASE 2 – Online Survey to Conduct a Factor Analysis
The second phase of the What Matters Study was conducted and completed during September-November 2019. In this phase, we turned your views about what matters to your wellbeing into a draft survey with 50 questions together with some existing questions from other tools to compare with our draft questions. Over 300 people completed this online survey! The results of this online survey are currently being analysed.


PHASE 3 – Second Online Survey to Determine Scoring of The Survey Tool
Due to commence in July 2020. Over 1,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will be recruited in this phase. If you are interested in completing this survey, click on the link below and register your interest. We will contact you when the survey is launched.


Help us with the next phase of the study!

If you are interested in receiving information about taking part in the What Matters Study, you can register by clicking here.