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This page provides information for participants in the New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement study. The 2018 Health, Work and Retirement survey is now closed and will reopen in 2020. If you cannot find the answer to your question here please do not hesitate to contact us on free-phone number 0800 100 134 or you can email a question to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Zealand Health, Work and Retirement Study (HWR) is a study of people aged 55 years and over who live in New Zealand. The study began in 2006 and is led by Professor Christine Stephens and Professor Fiona Alpass from the School of Psychology.
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 2016 survey had a focus on housing tenure and quality among the older New Zealand population and how this facilitates social connections, while the 2018 and 2020 surveys have a focus on the experiences of older people as they continue to participate in or leave paid employment.
Every two years, participants are re-surveyed, and additional people are randomly selected from the electoral roll to be surveyed. To date, more than 8,000 New Zealand residents have responded to the survey. To gain greater insight into questions which are not well characterised by survey responses, interested participants are at times invited to participate in face-to-face interviews.
People who have previously filled out a survey are re-surveyed every two years to obtain valuable information regarding changes, or lack of change, in their circumstances over time.
If you have not filled out a survey before, you are part of a new random-sample of approximately 3,500 persons aged 55-57, drawn from the New Zealand electoral roll, who have been invited to take part in the study for the first time this year. Approaching new participants ensures that the study retains representation of the views of persons aged 55+ as the existing participants age, and ensures that the study obtains a good representation of the range of circumstances experienced by all older people in New Zealand.
If you decide to participate, you have the right to:
Please fill out the online form here, and select the checkboxes for the survey resources you would like to request.
You don’t need to do anything. We send out postcards to remind those who have not completed the survey to do so, but also to thank participants who have returned their surveys.
Please fill out the online form here to update your contact details.
This is the linkage of national health record data, held on file by the New Zealand Health Information Service, to other data provided by study participants. It provides valuable information for health research, such as number of hospital emergency room or GP clinic visits people make in a year. The combined data allows us to answer many health-related questions that we could not answer with the survey data alone. You can find more information about the Data Linkage project here.
All information provided to researchers is completely confidential, and will be used only for the purposes of health research. It will not be possible to identify individuals in any dataset or report from the study. To ensure that national health record data remains confidential, a strong and confidential data-transference and merging process is used. You can rest assured that:
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Last updated on Tuesday 24 September 2019