Ensuring that all older Australians have the capabilities to enjoy a decent quality of later life is an important goal for communities and governments. In a policy context of stretched health and welfare budgets the greatest burden must not fall on the most vulnerable individuals or groups.
Our research work considers reforms to the tax and transfer system to benefit older Australians at risk of poverty, and policies to overcome disadvantage of older workers in the labour market.
We will also examine the impact of aged care reforms, especially the marketisation of care, on those living on low incomes or those with limited family support. Our research includes a study of the effects of regulation on aged care services for people with cognitive decline.
In addition we are exploring the importance of social connection and social capital in maintaining the quality of people’s lives, with specific attention to the concept of age-friendly cities and enabling people to engage in a digitised society.
Enhancing job services for older AustraliansExisting policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for older Australians. This research project by contrast will focus on employment services.
Knowhow for later lifeThis study asked older Australians what knowhow they think is needed and how they prefer to acquire it.
Social inclusion, capabilities and older AustraliansFirst stage of this research developed a framework for identifying capabilities and enhancing social inclusion of older Australian.
Teaching and Research Aged Care Services (TRACS) projectThe Brotherhood has led a consortium developing a Centre of Excellence at Sumner House, our residential aged care facility in Fitzroy.
Towards improved care for people with dementiaThe Brotherhood is involved in two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.
Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyondThis study examines mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.
Networks of care: valuing social capital in community aged care services
This pilot research project using network mapping aimed to improve understanding of the utility and value of social capital, in the form of networks and links, to community aged care service provision.
The role of regulation in aged and dementia care
Introducing the multiple regulatory frameworks that may impact service delivery
Exploring regulatory clusters in dementia care
Mapping the multiple frameworks reveals regulatory clusters
Four articles related to mature-age employment in Social Policy and Society vol. 15, no. 4
Pursuing a vision for change in aged care: impacts and outcomes of the BSL–RMIT TRACS project
Responding to the changing needs of older adults in residential care requires a skilled, well-supported workforce.
Adjusting to Consumer Directed Care: the experience of Brotherhood of St Laurence community aged care service users
Will increased choice in community aged care benefit all consumers?
I'm a person not a job: establishing core competencies for change in Brotherhood of St Laurence Residential Aged Care
Generating knowhow in later lifeHow do older Australians develop the knowhow to devise lives they value in our increasingly complex society?
Too old to work, too young to retireWith the working age population in decline, older Australians are being asked to work longer. Yet increasing numbers experience long-term unemployment and chronic job insecurity.
A shared journey: insights from the Banksia Younger Onset Dementia Support Group
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Contact Simon Biggs for more information about our research on retirement and ageing: sbiggs(at)bsl.org.au
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Acknowledgement of country
The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.