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New research reveals depth of Australian loneliness epidemic

Relationships Australia has released new research that reveals the breadth and depth of Australia’s loneliness epidemic.

The research was based on the findings from the 16 waves of Household Income and Labour Dynamics of Australia survey data from 2001-2016. The research identified which Australians are most likely to feel lonely and socially isolated, and when.

The new research revealed one in ten Australians lack social support and that one in six is experiencing emotional loneliness - that is, they don’t have a sufficient number of meaningful relationships in their lives to sustain and nurture them, particularly through difficult times.

“Our research reveals that poverty, unemployment and poor relationships are significantly associated with loneliness and lonely people make greater use of the health system,” said the National Executive Officer with Relationships Australia, Alison Brook.

“Lack of employment and/or receipt of income support is associated with higher risk of loneliness for both men and women, with the highest rates for younger men in receipt of income support,” Ms Brook said.

The Relationships Australia document, is available online now: Is Australian experiencing an epidemic of loneliness?

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