Ageing Society

Resources in this collection cover topics such as retirement and superannuation, nursing home care, ageing well, advance medical directives, elder abuse and other issues concerning older people, human rights and social services.  The compilation of this material has been supported by the University of South Australia since 2015.

Ageing Society

Report

A nationally representative survey prepared for the COTA Federation (Councils on the Ageing)
5 Dec 2018

This survey report reveals that the majority of older Australians feel a decade younger than their current age, overwhelmingly support assisted dying legislation, and nearly half feel less valued by society than when they were younger.

Report

The superannuation sky is not falling
4 Dec 2018

New Zealand is not alone in facing an ageing population and the associated future fiscal pressures. This report argues that the policy conversation is much more complex in New Zealand than as portrayed in the media.

Commentary

3 Dec 2018

An increasing number of older Australians are living in share housing. A relatively new group to emerge on the share-housing scene, they are choosing to share for financial reasons, but finding unexpected social benefits.

Share housing has traditionally been associated with student housing and...

Report

27 Nov 2018

Australians have high expectations for aged care. They rightly expect that they, and those they love, will be treated with dignity and decency at the end of their lives. The nation faces increasing challenges in meeting those expectations as Australia's ageing population places further demands...

Report

23 Nov 2018

This report summarises a people-centred exploration of issues and discussions around death and dying. Over 13 months, this unexplored and neglected area of discovery has been Portable’s frontier of R&D work. We’ve spoken about death and ageing with more than 200 people through dinners, surveys...

Report

What is the role for government in stewarding disruptive innovation?
9 Nov 2018

This report focuses on one particular area of technological development – robots, and their governance. It explores the roles that robots should and should not play in care delivery, and the role that government has as a steward in shaping these roles.

Journal article

1 Nov 2018

In the debate on euthanasia or assisted dying, many different arguments have been advanced either for or against legal reform in the academic literature, and much contemporary academic research seeks to engage with these arguments. However, very little research has been undertaken to track the...

Report

1 Nov 2018

The Australian retirement income system has been largely a success story. It ranks among the best in the world. It provides reasonable and improving retirement outcomes and remains sustainable despite population ageing, which in Australia is taking place at a slower pace than average. This...

Report

1 Nov 2018

In part two of this three-part research brief series, we focus on the public element of retirement income provision in Australia, primarily related to the Age Pension. This research brief discusses pension policy trends, the design of pension access, benefit level, and means testing, as...

Report

30 Oct 2018

Workforce planning that includes succession planning is regarded as a core strategic human resource activity. However, the data in this study leads to the conclusion that organisations may not be giving it the attention it deserves.

Report

Exploring the impact of LGBTIQ-affirming health and community care on older gender and sexuality-diverse women's wellbeing and sense of belonging
30 Oct 2018

This research aimed to examine and understand older GSD (gender and sexuality diverse) women’s experiences and needs related to health, aged-care and social support services. In particular, this project sought to explore how access and engagement with services was related to women’s sense of community...

Commentary

25 Oct 2018

The biggest system failure in aged care is staffing. We don't need to wait until the royal commission is over to fix it – this can be done now.

Report

22 Oct 2018

The current system of aged care is viewed by some as not working efficiently or to the benefit of the consumer. Residents, their family members and carers have expressed concerns at the complexity of the current residential aged care system. Members of the medical profession...

Report

18 Oct 2018

This review considers what works to support carers of older people with dementia to prevent or delay entry into residential aged care. It adopts a rigorous and systematic approach to identify and appraise the evidence, aiming to inform dementia policy.

Discussion paper

17 Oct 2018

Carers report that the provision of care can be very stressful. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2012 data reveals that 50% of primary carers identified that caring has one or more negative impacts on their physical or emotional wellbeing.

Report

15 Oct 2018

This report documents the findings from a recent study of the road safety experiences of people who are blind or have low vision. It outlines a range of recommendations to enhance road safety for blind or low vision pedestrians. It is likely that these same...

Other text

9 Oct 2018

Following more than 5,000 submissions, four national roundtables and consultation with the medical and aged care professions, the federal government has outlined the terms of reference for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Journal article

1 Oct 2018

As the population ages, the demand on health care services will continue to rise. The ways in which health and social care services are funded and delivered to older individuals need to be addressed to meet future demands.

Commentary

27 Sep 2018

There is no need to wait for royal commission recommendations to act on aged care. We can implement a national strategy to improve the sector's workforce in the next year three years, writes John Pollaers.