Lunchtime seminar: The role of regulation in policy for Australian dementia care: clusters and the organisation of risk

Date 12:00 PM 25 August 2016 - 13:00 PM 25 August 2016
Location Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Presenters: Professor Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr

The quality of dementia care has become an important policy issue. This paper examines the role that regulation plays in protection and innovation in care settings. Regulation sits at the crossroads of the state’s duty to protect its most vulnerable citizens, provider attempts to fulfil market expectations and consumers concern for their rights and protection. Here we examine the way that regulation is not a uniform event, but forms clusters...


Professor Simon Biggs has worked as a Community Psychologist and for the UK Social Work Council before joining Keele University, becoming Professor of Social Gerontology in 2000. He was a visiting research fellow at the Department of Social Medicine, Harvard University in 2002, and the UK representative on the EC Masters in Gerontology Programme 2002-2004. From 2004- 2010 he was Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London UK.

Since Sept 2010, he has worked in Australia as The Brotherhood of St Laurence Professor of Gerontology & Social Policy at the School of Social & Political Sciences, Melbourne University. He has a number of continuing international links including the Universities of Heidelberg, Helsinki, University College Dublin. He has participated in EU, Australian and Canadian Government briefings on population ageing, dignity in later life and on elder protection and since 2008 has been a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing Societies.

He is currently engaged in a number of Australian research initiatives including: mature-age workers (ARC); intergenerational relationships (LMCF); Peri-urban growth (Vic Health) and social aspects of dementia (NHMRC). He is an Executive member of the National Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, where he leads the research stream on attitudes and culture and is CI on two NHMRC projects: the role of regulation in care and dementia campaigning in the public sphere.

Ashley Carr is a Research Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. As part of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre he is researching the effects of regulation on aged care services for people with cognitive decline. Ashley also works for the Brotherhood of St Laurence where he has conducted a number of research projects on aged and dementia care, ageing identities, and age-friendly and dementia-friendly environments.


View the seminar presentation (PDF 840KB).


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