Love Stories: The Greek Caring Journeys Project

Debbie Horsfall, Ilse Blignault, Astrid Perry, Penny Antonopoulos, Donna Bridges, Sophie Zogalis

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report (public)


This report documents the findings of a short-term longitudinal study which sought in-depth understandings of the help-seeking behaviours of elderly Greek carers. The research was supported by a partnership grant between the University of Western Sydney, the University of New South Wales, South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and the St George Migrant Resource Centre (SGMRC). In 2012-2013, we conducted 3 focus groups and 1 follow up forum with service providers and Greek community leaders in the St George region of NSW (n= 25). Then, over a 6 month period we conducted 2 in home interviews and 2-4 telephone interviews with 13 older Greek carers, all of whom were clients of the St George Migrant Resource Centre, NSW. By interviewing carers over a 6-month period, we have been able to document a part of their caring journey, in particular potential turning points in that journey; points at which the carer can decide to seek or accept help or to reject it. Through a deeper understanding of carers’ decisions and decision making we aim to inform service providers about how to develop and promote culturally appropriate services and negotiate them with carers and care recipients in a timely way.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Western Sydney
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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