Uni SA study asks Mallee residents: can volunteering make you healthier?

Honours student Bianca Polson wants to speak with residents of Tailem Bend and other Mallee towns.

Volunteers at Tailem Bend and other Mallee towns are invited to contribute to research on the effect of volunteering on people’s health.

University of South Australia honours student Bianca Polson is seeking rural South Australians willing to answer a few questions about their experiences.

She and her collaborators – Associate Professor Jim Dollman, exercise and sport science program director Alyson Crozier and senior research fellow Kate Gunn – also hope to speak with residents of Karoonda, Lameroo, Pinnaroo and Loxton.

“These townships enjoy extremely high rates of volunteering compared to the average for South Australia,” Ms Polson said.

“Evidence shows that volunteering can improve the connections between communities and health providers, and that can provide excellent outcomes for the health of community members, health professionals, and the volunteers themselves.

“By talking with rural people, we’re hoping to improve understanding about the ins and outs of volunteering in rural communities, including people’s motivations to volunteer, what works well, what doesn’t work and how volunteering could potentially improve health outcomes in these locations.”

She encouraged both individuals and volunteer organisations to get in touch.

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