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UQ needs study participants aged 60 years and older

Daniel Bouwmeester    December 8, 2023    3 min read   

Do you live or work in Springfield and are aged 60 years or older?

University of Queensland (UQ) researchers are exploring the role of “third places” in the health and wellbeing of older adults in Springfield and are looking for participants.

By helping, you could win a $50 Coles Group Gift Card.

Third places refer to social surroundings that are separate from the home (the first place) and the workplace (the second place).

They include parks, churches, cafes, libraries, markets, and gyms, just to name a few. Third places are public places where people have opportunities to socialise with others.

There is growing research that shows third places play a key role in promoting social connections and physical activities among older populations, thereby contributing to their health and wellbeing.

This study is being conducted through a partnership between The Centre for Community Health and Wellbeing, based in Springfield, and The UQ School of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning.

The Circle at Robelle Domain parklands. Image: Ipswich City Council.

Vital research

Collecting data about how older adults use third spaces for their health and wellbeing is vital research.

The information provided by participants will help UQ identify the opportunities and challenges in Springfield for urban planning initiatives designed with older adults in mind.

The researchers will publish the results from the study and use this to inform policy makers about how to refine resources and services in Springfield that ensure the health and wellbeing of its older adults.

Professor Lauren Ball and the UQ Centre for Community Health and Wellbeing team.

How it works

Participants will be given a 7-day diary used to collect information about the benefits of being in third places.

Participants will be asked to record their time, activity, and social connections in public third space.

They will then be interviewed by the researchers via phone, online or in a mutually convenient location. The interview will take between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the participants’ answers.

All information collected about participants will remain strictly confidential, and all data will be securely stored within a password protected electronic UQ system.

To thank the participants, everyone will go into a draw to win one of two $50 Coles Group Gift Cards.

– Professor Lauren Ball

The University of Queensland Centre for Community Health and Wellbeing at Springfield

If you, or someone you know would like to participate, please contact our lead researcher Emma at e.hennessey@uq.net.au.

To be eligible to participate, you must be over the age of 60 and either live or work in Springfield.

We are still conducting our Springfield Health and Wellbeing Check In survey. Please

visit ​​loom.ly/9lzh85U or scan this QR code to take part.

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Daniel Bouwmeester

Daniel was born in a mining town in New South Wales to Dutch and Welsh immigrants, before relocating to Logan City, where he attended Canterbury College for twelve years. He pursued his passion for music by completing a first-class honours degree at the University of Queensland (UQ), and later signed with a local record label. He has travelled the world from a young age, including a student exchange in rural France, a job working the ski lifts in Colorado, and visits to the islands of the South Pacific. After a six-year career in market research, Daniel returned to UQ to complete a Bachelor of Journalism and Arts dual degree, majoring in political science. His varied experiences at home and abroad have contributed to a passion for spreading good news while defending the truth buried inside complex societal paradigms.