This program is being conducted as part of a three-way international collaboration of World University Network members (Sydney, Leeds and Alberta) focussing on multi-disciplinary and policy-relevant research, and draws on existing Australian and international data sources and research expertise located within the ARC funded Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). Population ageing is a global phenomenon whose impact on working age populations is inadequately researched and understood. Research is needed to establish a knowledge base on the inter-related factors of work, caregiving, and health for older workers. A key issue for policymakers worldwide is how people in later working life (itself extending to later ages) can care for, or otherwise support, growing numbers of older people unable to be fully independent because of illness or disability.
The societal effects of population ageing are not well understood, particularly in terms of older workers’ often competing demands of employment and care giving responsibilities, and the influence of these on their health and well-being. As governments will look to evaluate the effects of policy on older workers’ health, there will be an increasing demand for expertise in population ageing to inform governmental decision making. The research program will focus on gaining an understanding of the relationship between caregiving, work, and related policies including the economic (eg, productivity, reduced working hours) and non-economic (eg, social, health) consequences of caregiving. An important component is examining who is providing care (eg, gender, age) and the consequences on paid employment and career opportunities for individuals and families.
The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 1533