We are working for a just and inclusive community where all older people have the capacity to access high quality housing, aged care and sufficient income to live with dignity.

Australia’s older population is influenced by many economic, political, social, and environmental factors. More people are living longer and better lives thanks to improvements in health and aged care services.

Yet there are also considerable numbers of older people experiencing disadvantage as the ageing population grows. Without reform, aged care risks becoming more difficult to access, less fair and more expensive over time.

The aged care system needs careful design to ensure the most vulnerable can access the care and services they need.

Our team works with older people as well as government, community and service providers to advance a society that values all older people.

Find all recent publications on ageing (2000-present)

Visit the BSL library for our prior research on ageing (pre 2000)

    Our policy positions for ageing

    • Address long waiting periods for Home Care Packages, which are particularly acute for those high care needs.

    • Invest in workforce development and improve employment conditions and security for a quality aged care workforce.

    • Introduce a place-based program that assists older people and their families navigate the complex aged care services landscape, access and co-ordinate the support they need.

    • Invest in age-appropriate affordable housing options to enable people to age in their communities and prevent premature entry into residential care.

      Selected publications

      By Amber Mills and James Finnis 2020

      The COVID-19 pandemic and public health measures to combat it have exacerbated existing barriers and created new challenges to care, services and supports for at-risk older people.

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      By Simon Biggs, Irja Haapala and Ashley Carr 2019

      The second of two projects examining how various groups perceive and represent dementia

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      By Aaron Hart, Dina Bowman and Shelley Mallett 2019

      How can we ensure Australia will have enough skilled workers to provide quality aged care while supporting the emotional and physical health of older ‘pink collar’ workers?

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      By Ashley Carr and Simon Biggs 2018

      The first of two projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.

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      By Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2017

      A new study explores organisational responses to regulation in dementia care, in terms of their strategies, management levels and facility design.

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      By Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2017

      What strategies do care workers adopt to balance the demands of regulation and emotional connection in dementia practice?

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      By Seuwandi Wickramasinghe and Helen Kimberley 2016

      This pilot research project used network mapping to gain understanding of the utility and value of social capital, in the form of networks and links, to community aged care service provision.

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      By Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2016

      Aged and dementia care services are required to conform to multiple regulatory frameworks. How do these regulations enhance or constrain services?

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      By Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2016

      Aged and dementia care services are required to conform to multiple regulatory frameworks. Mapping these reveals regulatory clusters.

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      By Bonnie Simons, Helen Kimberley and Nicky McColl Jones 2016

      Will increased choice in community aged care benefit all consumers? Our research explored how older Australians are adjusting to the radical recent changes of Consumer Directed Care.

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      Selected projects

      The Brotherhood of St Laurence contributed to two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.

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      Existing policy responses to workforce age discrimination tend to focus on the role of employers in providing opportunities for jobseekers aged over 45. By contrast this research project focuses on employment services and how their staff might work more effectively with mature-age jobseekers.

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      Looking for services related to ageing?

      For almost 75 years, BSL has worked with older people who are disadvantaged, creating safe spaces and providing services to maximise quality of life.

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      Our friendly Banksia Services in Carrum Downs encourages well-being and social connections among older people and people with a disability, and gives their carers a break.

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      This program offers social connections and a packed schedule of stimulating activities each Friday to older people and those with a disability in the Craigieburn area of northern Melbourne.

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      The Coolibah Social Hub in Fitzroy is a day centre that encourages independence and good living for its members in a caring and home-like environment.

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      Our approach to working with people with disability focuses on building a sense of wellbeing and autonomy. We recognise the importance of family, friends, carers and community.

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