USC to study relocation trends of sea changers

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USC to study relocation trends of sea changers


14 May 2012

14 May 2012

A new study into the relocation trends of “sea changers” and “tree changers” on the Sunshine Coast is being undertaken by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Lecturer in Psychology Dr Prudence Millear said the research would consider why people move here and choose to either stay or move on, and whether social support plays a role in that decision.

“I am interested in talking to people who relocated to the Sunshine Coast and have stayed on for work or to retire, as well as those who moved here but left to either work or retire elsewhere,” Dr Millear said.

“One of the biggest challenges will be tracking down those residents who have moved to another town or city, whether that be interstate or globally. We want to know why they felt they had to move away and whether their social needs weren’t being met.

“For example, they may have come here to retire only to discover that the lifestyle wasn’t what they expected, or they may have had to move away for work or to look after ageing relatives.”

Dr Millear said the research findings could be used by local government and community groups to establish support networks for migrants.

“We will be asking the research participants how easily they made friends when they moved here, and where they went to meet these new people,” she said.

“If we discover something particularly useful for connecting people, like a sporting organisation or surf lifesaving club, then perhaps that information could be made available to the public on a government website for example.”

For more information about the survey email

To participate in the survey, click on the following links in the relevant category;

Moved to the Sunshine Coast, stayed and working:

Moved to the Sunshine Coast, stayed and retired:

Moved to the Sunshine Coast, left and still working:

Moved to the Sunshine Coast, left and now retired:

— Michelle Widdicombe

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