What Matters is a research project that is developing a tool to measure wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

This is an important study because there are currently no national population-based tools to measure wellbeing specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is important to have a tool that asks about parts of life that are important and valued by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

What Matters has three major phases of tool development:

Three phases of What Matters tool development

PHASE 1: The qualitative phase
Our team conducted yarning circles and interviews around the country.  The aim of this phase was to identify and explore that matters and is important to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ wellbeing.

PHASE 2: Development of wellbeing statements
Data collected in Phase 1 was used to develop wellbeing statements. These statements will be pilot tested and refined using several different approaches.

PHASE 3: Finalising and scoring system
Finalising the wellbeing statements and development of a scoring system for the survey