Entry for:150 Years of Discovery: Emerging Research
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
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...