As the number of older Australians increases, many are likely to experience financial hardship and various challenges including ill-health and declining contact with family and friends.
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 employment services for mature age jobseekers
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 focuses on employment services.
Towards improved care for people with dementia
The Brotherhood is involved in two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.
Social inclusion, capabilities and older Australians
First stage of this research developed a framework for identifying capabilities and enhancing social inclusion of older Australian.
Understanding and preventing workforce vulnerabilities in midlife and beyond
This study examined mature aged people's lived experience, pathways and outcomes of involuntary non-participation or underparticipation in paid work.
Misattention and problem solving in interactions between care workers and dementia care residents
How organisations respond to the demands of regulation
Introducing the multiple regulatory frameworks that may impact service delivery
Mapping the multiple frameworks reveals regulatory clusters
Four articles related to mature-age employment in Social Policy and Society vol. 15, no. 4
Responding to the changing needs of older adults in residential care requires a skilled, well-supported workforce.
Will increased choice in community aged care benefit all consumers?
Generating knowhow in later life
How do older Australians develop the knowhow to devise lives they value in our increasingly complex society?
Too old to work, too young to retire
With 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.