Australian Centre on Quality of Life

Measures

Personal Wellbeing Index

The PWI scale contains seven items of satisfaction, each one corresponding to a quality of life domain as: standard of living, health, achieving in life, relationships, safety, community-connectedness, and future security. These seven domains are theoretically embedded, as representing the first level of deconstruction of the global question: "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?"

The PWI has been adapted and validated with adults, children, and persons with an intellectual or cognitive disability. The International Wellbeing Group is working toward developing the PWI into a valid cross-cultural instrument. At the time of constructing the PWI 5th edition, over 150 researchers from more than 50 countries and provinces are engaged in this international collaboration.

Personal Wellbeing Index - Adult (PWI-A)



Manuals, rationale, and translations into other languages


Personal Wellbeing Index - School Children (PWI-SC)



Manuals and translations into other languages


Personal Wellbeing Index - Intellectual Disability (PWI-ID)



Manuals and translations into other languages


Global Life Satisfaction

Subjective wellbeing (SWB) can be measured using a single item, known as the Global Life Satisfaction (GLS) measure. People can be asked to rate their global life satisfaction. This normally takes the form: "How satisfied are you with your life as a whole?" Although this question is an excellent measure of SWB, such single-item measures are less reliable than multi-item scales.

Directory of Instruments

Beyond the PWI and GLS, researchers may be interested in other instruments related to quality of life. The Australian Centre on Quality of Life has compiled a directory of instruments to assist researchers in rapidly identifying these instruments. It does not provide details of psychometric performance. It does, however, provide reference to articles that report on the psychometric characteristics for each scale. Typically a maximum of two recent articles will be cited for this purpose.





Subjective Wellbeing Toolkit

Groups interested in using subjective wellbeing to measure the impact of community groups and public policy initiatives may request to use the Subjective Wellbeing Toolkit from the Community Indicators Victoria website.



Upcoming Quality of Life Conferences

Date Event/Deadline Location Conference
February 27 - March 3 Conference Sydney, Australia International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership Exchange
March 20 - 22 Conference Rotterdam, The Netherlands European Happiness Days
June 12 - 13 Conference Winnipeg, MB, Canada 2017 Community Indicators Symposium
July 4 - 5 Conference Brighton, UK IDENTITY: The European Conference on Psychology & Behaviourl Sciences 2017

Funding and awards

Funding and awards are available for quality of life researchers at the following groups:

Useful sites

  • Australian Bureau of Statistics

    Social Statistics, i.e.,mental health and well-being of subgroups, and Australia's economic and social indicators, i.e., GDP, labour force, income. Various publications may be purchased.

  • Australian Monthly Economic and Social Indicators

    Monthly statistical bulletin

  • Canadian Council on Social Development

    CCSD is a non-profit social policy and research organization focusing on issues such as poverty, disability, cultural diversity, child well-being, labour markets and housing.

  • Eurobarameter

    Provides references for research on QOL in Canada, France, Spain etc.

  • International Society for QOL Studies

    Bibliographies, references

  • Journeys Home study

    This study is following a sample of income support (Centrelink) customers who were selected in such a way that ensured many of them had recently experienced homelessness (broadly defined). Its principal aim is to study housing transitions among a relatively disadvantaged sub-population.

  • National Statistics (UK)

    Official UK statistics site. You can view and download a wealth of economic and social data FREE.

  • Statistics Canada

    The official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.

  • World Database of Happiness

    Happiness-References, bibliographies,conceptualisation, measurability, indicators, theories. Papers can be purchased.

  • Clinical Psychologists

    Chat group by sending "Subscribe Clinical-Psychologists" to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.NODAK.EDU

  • Discussions on the Theory and Practice of Community Psychology

    Chat group by sending "SUBSCRIBE COMMPSY" to LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU

  • Psychology Trends to Watch in 2014

    As humans vary, so do psychologists. There are countless perspectives on human behavior, and while the early psychologists were more apt to move as a bloc from one dominant school of thought to the next, today’s psychologists have a long and rich history to draw from when studying their patients’ feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

  • Texas Healthcare Learning Collaborative

    The purpose of this new e-mail SIG is to facilitate networking and the exchange of ideas and information among health professionals, youth and their family members, family scientists, policy makers, insurers, and others with knowledge and experience in the transition of youth from child-centered (pediatric) to adult-oriented health care. The process of health care transition is a significant one for youth with special needs, as well as their parents, siblings, and extended family. Family scientists have much to contribute, in developing and assessing evidenced based family-focused approaches to to this issue. If you would like to participate in this list, send a blank e-mail message to transition@list.ichp.edu

  • Australian Transcultural Mental Health Network

    This is a national body that links State and Territory transcultural mental health centres and networks with the goal of improving mental health outcomes for Australia's diverse communities.

  • Depressionet

    This site provides one place for Australian depression sufferers and their families and friends to find all their information, help and support needs. It's major objective is to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of Australian's by significantly increasing the proportion of sufferers who seek professional help and treatment.

  • ME/CFS Australia

    National Association for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, dedicated to increasing the recognition and understanding of ME/CFS and providing support for people with ME/CFS through its affiliated Societies

  • SANE Australia

    Aims to support a better life for people affected by mental illness.

  • WayAhead - Mental Health Association, NSW

    Contains a huge list of links about mental illness and psychiatric disability.

  • Ecology Fund

    Owned and operated by The Hunger Site Network as a way to get new funds for critical habitat and wilderness preservation using the power of the internet.

  • Greenpeace

    The leading independent campaigning organisation that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

  • The World Bank Group

    The World Bank Group is one of the world's largest sources of development assistance. In Fiscal Year 2001, the institution provided more than US$17 billion in loans to its client countries. It works in more than 100 developing economies with the primary focus of helping the poorest people and the poorest countries.

  • Addiction Guide

    Is your reliable source on addiction and the dangers of illicit substances. We cover how drugs and alcohol affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse, and where to seek effective treatment. Our mission is to guide you and your loved ones to a healthier life.

  • Cerebral Palsy Group

    Our organization is dedicated to improving the overall quality of life for individuals with cerebral palsy.

  • Cerebral Palsy Treatment

    Cerebral Palsy Guidance provides comprehensive medical information, ranging from treatment and causes, to symptoms and risk factors.

  • Consumer Dangers

    Dedicated to keeping the public informed about consumer dangers and safety issues associated with numerous products.

  • Consumer Health and Safety

    ConsumerSafety.org gathers and presents recall information on products, food, medical devices and drugs, and publishes consumer-related news and safety guides.

  • Control and Prevention HRQOL Website

    This is a CDC/NCCDPHP website which gives an overview of national and state HRQOL surveillance and research activities based on the Health Days HRQOL measures and provides links to key national and international HRQOL resources.

  • Cord Blood Banking

    Information and free resources for expecting parents.

  • Cord Blood Guide

    A downloadable guide to Cord Blood Banking.

  • Drug Center

    Details on the dangerous side-effects caused by some of the most commonly prescribed drugs and devices.

  • Drug Dangers

    Drug Dangers is committed to providing the latest information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications.

  • Drug News

    Each year, millions of people are affected by drug or medical device side effects. Staying informed can help you.

  • DrugRehab.com

    There are a variety of factors that contribute to addiction. On the surface, addiction can be caused by physical changes in the brain, that make the body crave certain types of drugs. However, genetic and environmental risk factors can contribute to addiction on a much deeper level. Our drug addiction page describes different types of drugs, what can cause addiction, certain symptoms, even complications after becoming dependent on drugs. There's still hope for recovery, and help is available for individuals who are fighting off addiction.

  • Elite Rehab Placement

    Elite Rehab Placement is a a leading, no cost rehab placement company that seeks to provide help to those struggling with addiction.

  • Environmental Illness Resources

    Provides information and a community for sufferers of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and related illnesses including Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

  • Injury Claim Coach

    Our resource takes a looks at mesothelioma and how to file a lawsuit including real life examples.

  • Medical Malpractice Center

    Misdiagnosis, injuries and facts

  • Mental Health and Well-being

    Commonwealth of Australia Department of Health and Aged Care

  • Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

    This disease is preventable and awareness is key in that prevention. Information about the danger that can come from exposure to asbestos.

  • Mesothelioma Center

    Australia has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world. The Mesothelioma Center is an up-to-date resource for all mesothelioma issues ranging from asbestos exposure to its effects in causing malignant mesothelioma.

  • Mesothelioma Fund

    Our goal is to spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

  • Mesothelioma Group

    Up-to-date mesothelioma information and resources for patients, family members, and friends.

  • Mesothelioma Guide

    Our mission is to offer excellent information about asbestos exposure, mesothelioma and healthcare support options. Our website and services are 100% free and centered on providing excellent service to mesothelioma patients and raising awareness.

  • Mesothelioma Help Now

    An online resource with a downloadable booklet for patients and caregivers to print and keep as a reference.

  • Mesothelioma Lawyer Center

    Our website is a comprehensive asbestos disease informational resource. Additionally, we offer mesothelioma victims and their loved ones the following items, free of charge: a comprehensive Mesothelioma & Asbestos Guide; three must-read mesothelioma books written by medical professionals and mesothelioma survivors; veteran benefits assistance, and more.

  • Mesothelioma Survival

    Mesothelioma Survival has been put together as a single place for victims of mesothelioma and their families to learn and seek help for their disease.

  • Mesothelioma Symptoms

    This site provides an extensive database of information and resources for patients and their families to better understand the symptoms of mesothelioma and the various aspects of diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, as well as mesothelioma life expectancy.

  • Mesothelioma Treatment Community

    Our mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and all those dealing with asbestos-related cancers toward answers, care options, and free health solutions that improve their lives and everyone around them.

  • Mesothelioma Veterans Center

    Get help with filing for VA Benefits today.

  • Mesothelioma.net

    Providing mesothelioma patients with free resources, support, education, and referrals to experienced mesothelioma doctors.

  • MesotheliomaHelp

    Extensive information about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

  • Pleural Mesothelioma

    Mesothelioma Web has been in place for over a decade and offers hope, help, & support to those diagnosed with mesothelioma. For more information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, visit this site.

  • Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group

    PoCoG's mission is to improve the outcomes of patients experiencing a diagnosis of cancer, their families and carers through evaluation and implementation of psychosocial and supportive care interventions for patients, carers, health professionals and the health care system.

  • Quality of Life

    The information and materials available from this "Quality of Life" (QOL) webpage are offered so that youth, families, service providers, researchers, and decision makers may better understand what QOL means to youth with chronic health conditions and what is important to youth for their QOL to be at its best.

  • Quit Smoking Community

    Everything you could ever want to know about quitting smoking.

  • QuitDay

    Making a plan to quit smoking is the first step to quitting for good. Take the first step here, and say goodbye to cigarettes forever.

  • Recall Report

    Recall Report is the web’s leading resource for information about health and safety recalls, including dangerous drugs and associated mental conditions.

  • Recovery Village

    The Recovery Village is an organization dedicated to providing the best treatment possible to those struggling with substance abuse and eating disorders. It is our philosophy that all individuals with the desire and ability to seek treatment are provided with the highest quality care for very reasonable rates.

  • Rx Dangers

    Aims to educate the American public on current pharmaceutical drugs and devices commonly being used within the United States.

  • TeenRehabCenter.org

    TeenRehabCenter.org is an online resource that equips teenagers and their families — those affected most by adolescent substance abuse and addiction — with the information and hope they need on the road to recovery.

  • The MCH Web Ring (Maternal & Child Health Bureau)

    This site is a listing of non-commercial web sites related to the Maternal and Child Health Community.

  • Tobacco Free Life

    The Tobacco-Free Life Organization is a leading organization with a mission to save lives by ending worldwide disease, damage and death caused by tobacco. This is accomplished through research, education and advocacy.