EE3A (Energy Efficiency in the 3rd Age)

Picture1The EE3A project has now recruited over 800 households across the greater Illawarra to participate in energy efficiency activities over the next 2 years. All participants will start off by completing a survey to understand their current attitudes and behaviours towards energy efficiency in the home. Following this, they will be invited to join in with various activities that have been designed by researchers at UOW to improve and measure changes in household energy efficiency.

What is unique about this energy efficiency project is that participants will have ‘bottom-up’ engagement at the outset, rather than having ‘top-down’ strategies pre-ordered and imposed. This approach will stimulate outcomes and solutions to barriers that go beyond saving money and energy, but consider a holistic approach to also being healthy and improving whole quality of life. For more about the EE3A project contact Deborah Petkovic at or go to

Research in Male Sexual Desire

Elaine George, is a sexologist in private practice in Sydney and is completing her PhD in male sexual desire.

She conducted quantitative research and presented the initial findings at the WAS (World Association of Sexology) Congress in Brazil last September and is now undertaking the qualitative research to ascertain how men perceive, interpret and define sexual desire – and also women to gain their perspective on MEN – it’s all about men, not women!

Elaine is currently recruiting participants to participate in a qualitative interview face to face or by telephone which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  The interview is confidential.  Both men and their partners are invited to participate.

Men and Women:  the women’s questionnaire mirrors the one used with men so she is not asked about her desire but how she interprets her husband/partner’s desire etc.

If you have been in the same relationship for over 12 months and are interested in participating, please contact Elaine directly on 0402533704 or via email on

For background information on the research project, you can watch an interview conducted by Bobbie Buck last year on Life Matters discussing male sexual desire and the quantitative findings.

Please refer to the home page of

Other Background Information:

What is the study about?

The purpose of this study is to further assess explore how men and their partners perceive, interpret and define sexual desire; to further investigate the various factors that inhibit or enhance desire; and to further explore the relative distress and concern experienced by the respective partners.

Who is carrying out the study?

The study is being conducted by Elaine George and will form the basis for a research thesis at The University of Sydney under the supervision of Dr Zakia Hossain, Senior Lecturer, Discipline of Behavioural and Social Sciences in Health, Faculty of Health Sciences.

What does the study involve?

The study invites participants to participate in a qualitative interview face to face or by telephone which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.  The interview is confidential.  Both men and their partners will be invited to participate.

Will the study benefit me?

Yes, your participation in completing this questionnaire will help us to determine what are the contributing factors that influence male sexual desire, what may overcome embarrassment or reluctance to seek treatment so that desire issues can be better identified and managed accordingly.


Mind Express – the skills to build resilience





The Mind Express team is looking for young adults aged 18 to 25 years to participate in a study that tests a new web-based interactive program. The program aims to help improve mental health by encouraging young adults to adopt a stay-well healthy lifestyle.

Involvement includes:

  • Initial screening survey (30 mins)
  • Complete 3 to 6 modules over 6 weeks (30 mins each)
  • Complete end of program survey after last module (30 mins)
  • Telephone interview within one week of completion (30 mins).


  • Aged 18 to 25 years
  • At least one close family member with major depressive disorder (clinical depression, major depression)
  • No current depressive episode but past depression is eligible.

Participants will receive reimbursement of $50 in total; $20 after completing the initial screening survey followed by $30 on completion of the program and telephone interview.

To express an interest in participating please email Dr Alex Wilde at