Recent Study Findings

Social network analysis findings

Report 11: The Optimise report for October explores participants’ COVID-19 testing patterns and behaviours, expectations for future testing practices once vaccinated, and their questions and concerns about the use of rapid antigen tests. Findings from the Community Engagement Group meeting are also incorporated. Once again, we would like to thank all of the participants in the Optimise Study for their continued involvement.

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Report 10: The Optimise report for September explores participants’ concerns about the pandemic, their sources of information about the pandemic, and their perceptions of information quality and quantity. Findings from the Strengthening COVID-19 Communication in Pregnancy study is also included.

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Report 9: The Optimise report for August explores participants’ intentions to be vaccinated, motivating factors and concerns, knowledge and beliefs about vaccination, and expectations for the future. Findings from qualitative interviews, the COVID-19 Work and Health Study, the COVID-19 Attitudes, Resilience and Epidemiology (CARE) survey, Coping with COVID study, and the TIGER C19 study are included as well.

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Report 8: The Optimise report for July is now available. This report looks at the impact of government policies and people’s risk mitigation strategies surrounding social contacts & social distancing, COVID-19 testing behaviours and trends, and the acceptability of government interventions. Findings from qualitative interviews and our Community Engagement Group were incorporated. We have also included more findings from the COVID-19 Work and Health Study, conducted by researchers at Monash University, as well as findings from the TIGER C-19 Study for the first time, a collaboration between the University of Melbourne and Burnet Institute.

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Report 7: The Optimise report for June is available here. This report looks at the impact of COVID-19 on people’s income and finances, regarding employment status, changes to work, financial hardship, and access to financial support. Findings from qualitative interviews and our Community Engagement Group were incorporated, and for the first time, we have also included findings from the COVID-19 Work and Health Study, conducted by researchers at Monash University.

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Report 6: The latest Optimise report is now available. This report explores gendered differences in how people are managing and responding to COVID-19 across a range of issues, such as employment, mental health, lifestyle, and perceptions of COVID-19 risk. Findings from qualitative interviews and a Community Engagement Group meeting were also incorporated.

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Report 5: The Optimise April report is available below. It highlights findings and insights into the social networks and mixing patterns of our participants. Findings from the qualitative interviews, conducted in December 2020, are also included in this report. 

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Report 4: The fourth report from Optimise is now available. It focuses on attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccines, concerns about them, and information needs regarding the vaccines and the rollout strategy. We extend our gratitude to all of our participants and partners.

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Report 3: The third report from Optimise can be accessed below. It also features findings from the design sprint that was conducted in November-December 2020 involving young people, as well as insights from the first Community Engagement Group meeting.

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Report 2: The December report from the Optimise Study is available below. Once again, we would like to thank all of our participants.

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Report 1: The first report on the findings to-date of the Optimise Study is now available. We would like to express our gratitude to all of the participants involved in the study.

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