Social inclusion, capabilities and older Australians

12 October 2013

The first stage of this research developed a framework for identifying capabilities and enhancing social inclusion of older Australians.

It also examined, from the perspective of the Brotherhood’s aged service users, what they value in life and what enables them to live fulfilled and meaningful lives. 

This provides a foundation for the second stage, Enhancing Capabilities, which includes devising innovative approaches for aged care services that assist people to develop their preferred capabilities.


Helen Kimberley, Robert Gruhn and Simon Huggins 2012, Valuing capabilities in later life: the capability approach and the Brotherhood of St Laurence aged services (PDF, 1.7 MB) Summary (PDF, 99 KB)


Helen Kimberley 2013, Enhancing capabilities among BSL aged services clients (PDF, 455 KB), presentation to AAG Forum, Darebin, 20 June

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