As Australia's population ages, there is a need to broaden our understanding of the rights and contributions of older adults, in order to develop relevant policies and services.

Our first paper addressed the rights of older persons under current human rights law. The second examined the diversity of roles that have been open to older adults throughout history, belief systems and cultures. The third explored the personal stories of older Australians.

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Biggs, S 2014, 'Adapting to an ageing society: the stick or the carrot?' Global Policy, 31 July.

Ashley Carr, Simon Biggs and Helen Kimberley 2013, Meanings of a long life: cultural, social and historical perspectives (PDF file, 1 MB)

Ashley Carr, Helen Kimberley and Simon Biggs 2013, Looking back, looking forward: interpreting personal stories in later life (PDF file, 741 KB)

Marthe Fredvang and Simon Biggs 2012, The rights of older persons: protection and gaps under human rights law (PDF file, 264 KB)
This paper was submitted to the Fourth Session of the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing , September 2013