This Collection comprises research, policy and practice reports, guides and tools for addressing social isolation and activating social connection to improve individuals’ mental wellbeing and community resilience.
Impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on the activity and mental health of older people in Indonesia: a qualitative study
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused detrimental impacts on different population groups throughout the world. This study aimed to explore the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic’s mandatory lockdown protocols on individual and social activities and mental health conditions of community-dwelling older people in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Report of the Inquiry into support for older Victorians from migrant and refugee backgrounds
Throughout this inquiry, the Committee heard about many barriers preventing culturally diverse older people from accessing the services they need when they need them. This report draws upon comprehensive evidence received from expert stakeholders and people with lived experience to make 61 findings and 76...
Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) national guidelines
This document outlines the aims of the Community Visitors Scheme (CVS) and sets out the roles and responsibilities of CVS auspices and network members, volunteers, aged care service providers, care recipients, the Department of Health and Aged Care and the Department of Social Services.
Stronger together: loneliness and social connectedness in Australia
This report examines trends in social connectedness in Australia and assesses their implications for human wellbeing and development. The findings from this report are intended to increase public understanding around key issues of loneliness and belonging, social inclusion and connectedness, and identifies actionable policies and...
Intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: a survey of women in Australia
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised significant concerns for the safety of women in the context of a coalescence of risk factors and stressors for intimate partner violence (IPV). The aim of this research was to better understand women’s experiences of IPV since the beginning of...
Associations of the initial COVID-19 lockdown on self-reported happiness and worry about developing loneliness: a cross-sectional analysis of rural, regional, and urban Australian communities
Australia adopted hard lockdown measures to eliminate community transmission of COVID-19. Lockdown imposes periods of social isolation that contributes to increased levels of stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness, and worry. We examined whether lockdowns have similar psychosocial associations across rural and urban areas and whether associations...
Young voices of the pandemic: youth survey COVID-19 report 2020
This survey report brings to life reflections on the experience of living through the COVID-19 pandemic between April and August 2020, through the voices and perspectives of young people in Australia aged between 15 and 19.
State of the (older) nation 2021
This report on the experiences and views of Older Australians tells a story of an older generation often experiencing ageism, who less often perceive themselves as happy, healthy, financially secure or connected to community.
Still alone together
This report is the second in a series exploring lockdown loneliness. It draws upon new statistics and highlights the disproportionate loneliness felt by disabled people in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ending loneliness together in Australia
This white paper aims to highlight the growing problem of loneliness in Australia and its significant impact on the social, health, and economic wellbeing of the Australian community.
One day the support was gone
In this discussion paper, Dementia Australia shares stories from those impacted by COVID-19 and dementia so that we may learn from their experiences and adapt or inform policies and programs to better support people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Social isolation, time spent at home, financial stress and domestic violence during the COVID-19 pandemic
This study investigates the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and the onset of physical and sexual violence experienced by women.
Adult social care and COVID-19: assessing the policy response in England so far
This briefing reviews national government policies on adult social care in England during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic – from January to the end of May 2020.
Frailty combined with loneliness or social isolation: an elevated risk for mortality in later life
Frailty, loneliness, and social isolation are all associated with adverse outcomes in older adults, but little is known about their combined impact on mortality. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: The Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling older adults aged 65 and older (n = 1,427)...
Responding to the ‘shadow pandemic’
This report presents the findings from a survey of 166 Victorian practitioners. The survey sought to capture the voices and experiences of practitioners responding to women experiencing violence during the COVID-19 shutdown.
COVID-19, social isolation and ageing: CSI response
This fact sheet focuses on supporting the wellbeing of older Australians by ensuring they: meet their basic needs, stay socially connected, and stay physically active.
What role might the social outcomes of education play during the COVID-19 lockdown?
While the economic benefits of education have been demonstrated in a number of areas, greater educational attainment is also positively associated with a variety of social outcomes that are important during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Loneliness, social connection and COVID-19: CSI response
This fact sheet highlights some short-term tips on how Australians can be healthy social humans in these unusual times.
Most of our social interactions are already digital – so will physical isolation change anything?
This briefing paper suggests that many Australians won‘t have to change much to adapt to new ways of online socialising. Data from the 2017 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes show that for about 45% of Australians, all or most of their communication with family members...
Disrupting disadvantage: setting the scene
Entrenched disadvantage is unfortunately a well-known feature of the Australian socio-economic landscape. CEDA’s primary focus in this paper is on people who become stuck or are at risk of becoming stuck in disadvantage.
The practice of kindness: learning from the Kindness Innovation Network and North Ayrshire
This publication brings together practical examples of things that can be done to create the conditions for kindness. It also highlights the barriers to relationships within organisations, and posits kindness as a radical concept that demands challenging the systems and structures that currently govern our...
Making the connection: transportation and youth disconnection
This report presents youth disconnection rates for the United States as a whole - by gender, by race and ethnicity, by region, by state, and by metro area. It explores factors associated with youth disconnection and makes recommendations for addressing them.
Healthy social connections: a multi-disciplinary exploration
This review explores the relevance of social connection to contemporary discussions of social isolation and loneliness and produces a practical tool for considering social connectedness.
The place of kindness: combating loneliness and building stronger communities
This project engaged directly with people who want to explore and talk about kindness in their work, their lives and their communities, and test whether we should, and indeed could, do anything to support and encourage kinder communities.