Actors, how healthy are you? Equity launches world-first actors’ health study

The Equity Foundation (Actor’s Equity’s professional development arm) have announced a world-first research project in conjunction with the University of Sydney.

Mental Health - Equity Foundation
Mental Health – Equity Foundation Study

The Actors Well-Being Study will be conducted in order to give researchers a clear picture of the health and well-being of all Australian actors and performers, including both those who find their professional lives difficult and those who feel well supported. All actors across Australia (both union members and non union members) are encouraged to take part in the first part of the study which is in the form of an anonymous online survey.

Complete Survey Online

Please complete this survey whether or not you feel that your health and well-being have been unaffected, positively affected, or negatively affected by your professional activities. 

“There’s no part or project that’s as important as our health and well-being,” says Equity president Simon Burke.

“I am so proud that Equity is behind this research project. It’s really important that we all take part in it”, he said.

Once all the data is collected through the online survey tool, researchers at the university will collate it and outline the findings. It is understood that the initial findings of the anonymous survey will inform future phases of the study. 

For more information, please feel free to contact the research team:

Associate Professor Ian Maxwell [email protected]
Dr Mark Seton  [email protected]
Dr Marianna Szabó  [email protected]

Erin James

Erin James is's former Editor in Chief and a performer on both stage and screen. Credits include My Fair Lady, South Pacific and The King and I (Opera Australia), Love Never Dies and Cats (Really Useful Group), Blood Brothers (Enda Markey Presents), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel/Channel 7) and the feature film The Little Death (written and directed by Josh Lawson).

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