New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study

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The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study (NZHWR) is a study of people aged 55 years and over who live in New Zealand.

The study aims to provide information on issues such as health, work, retirement and housing, which are relevant to people in this age group. This research provides New Zealand residents with the opportunity to share their experiences to help inform national and international discussions on these important issues.

The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study began in 2006 and is led by Professor Christine Stephens and Professor Fiona Alpass from the School of Psychology.

The research has employed six modes of data collection to assess health and wellbeing among older adults in New Zealand:

  • a biennial health survey;
  • anonymised linkage to national health records;
  • anonymised linkage to ACC records;
  • in-depth qualitative interviews on a range of topics;
  • face to face and telephone interviews asking participants about events of the early, mid and later lives;
  • face to face cognitive health screens.

This web page provides responses to frequently asked questions for participants in the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study.

New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing and Independence Contribution Connection

As the Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) has collaborated with other partners on particular projects, the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study has also been known as the New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Ageing (NZSLA) and the Independence Contribution Connection (ICC) study. These projects have been led or co-led by HART and have fallen under the broader focus, resources and participant base of the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study.

Māori Advisory Group

The Health and Ageing Research Team is obliged by the Treaty of Waitangi to take responsibility for the inclusion and protection of data provided by Māori participants.

Contact

For enquiries about this project or the Health and Ageing Research Team please contact us.

Tel: 0800 100134 (freephone)
Email: Hart@massey.ac.nz

More details about the researchers in this project and the wider Health and Ageing Research Team activities are available on the HART staff web pages.

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