Researching an invisible population: Being a young carer in Aotearoa/New Zealand

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1. Please provide a brief summary of your video and research.

The world of New Zealand (NZ) young carers – children and youth aged up to 25 years providing significant, ongoing support for someone with a disability, illness, substance misuse, mental illness, or who is elderly – is near invisible. This invisibility permeates so deeply that young carers, like myself, rarely recognise this role as part of their identity. Only during my doctoral journey did I discover I had been a young carer for ten years; a discovery that led to my strong desire to redress this invisibility.


My PhD examines the lived experiences of NZ young carers, and aims to use young carers’ own understandings of theirs’ and their families’ needs to expand and inform service provision and policy in NZ. Data was collected via interviews with 44 young carers, and has subsequently been woven together into a narrative highlighting young carers’ own identified needs, giving voice to a previously silent group.


Thus far I have responded to young carers’ expressed needs by helping to establish the not-for-profit organisation Young Carers NZ, which aims to unite young carers and give them a voice in decisions concerning them. Additionally, I have been a Consultant for the Ministry of Social Development, adding young carers’ own voices to the revision of the NZ Carers Strategy. I am now in the final phase of my PhD - writing up - and I am really excited to share this video outlining the work that I have been invested in over the past four years.


Thank you to the following people for giving their time, skills, and resources to this film: the Media Productions Department at the University of Auckland for their filming and editing magic; my SUPERvisors Professors Toni Bruce and Janet Gaffney; Kate Backler for her encouragement, and; Beefy for being the most enthusiastic film assistant. 

2. Do you have a video hashtag for sharing via twitter?

I have just created an account on Twitter so that I can share my 150YOD video. My account is @donnan_lauren and I will use the hashtags #nzyoungcarers #150YOD

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Rhys Powell
over 1 year ago

Good stuff Lauren!

Melanie Drumm
over 1 year ago

Awesome. Good luck Lauren!

Terry Anderson
over 1 year ago

I had tears listening to you Lauren. We are so proud of you. Lyn & Terry X

Sari Karmina
over 1 year ago

Love the video! Good luck!!

Lauren Donnan
over 1 year ago

Thanks so much for your support guys :)

Steph Parkinson
over 1 year ago

Amazing stuff! Such an important and worthwhile field of work. Go Lauren! x

Millie Thomas
over 1 year ago

So, SO proud. You are amazing and our world is lucky to have you xx

Victoria Russell
over 1 year ago

Amazing - you've got my vote!

Rachel Howard
over 1 year ago

Fantastic work Lauren. So excited to see all you achieve - it's so needed x

Kate Abraham
over 1 year ago

This video is amazing Lauren! You are amazing with the research you are doing and opportunities for support you are creating for others now and into the future

Clare Waalkens
over 1 year ago

Wow this is amazing, good luck!

Jimin Hong
over 1 year ago

Inspiring. Have a sister with intellectual and physical disabilities but had never been one myself as my mom has been looking after her. It was hard enough to watch my mom caring my sister when I was young. Can't even imagine what it would have been like for you. Great work and best wishes.

Cindy Anker
over 1 year ago

Amazing!!!!!

Jay Marlowe
over 1 year ago

Great video, Lauren!!! All the best.

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over 1 year ago

Wow this is awesome! Go, Go, GO!!!

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over 1 year ago

Fantastic work Lauren!

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over 1 year ago

Great video and all the best. X

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I am a final year doctoral student at the University of Auckland Faculty of Education and Social Work under the supervision of Professors Toni Bruce and Janet Gaffney. My thesis topic is young care...

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