Population Ageing and Australia's Future

Population Ageing and Australia's Future

Edited by: Hal Kendig orcid, Peter McDonald orcid, John Piggott

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This volume provides evidence from many of Australia’s leading scholars from a range of social science disciplines to support policies that address challenges presented by Australia’s ageing population. It builds on presentations made to the 2014 Symposium of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

The material is in four parts:

  • Perspectives on Ageing
  • Population Ageing: Global, regional and Australian perspectives
  • Improving Health and Wellbeing
  • Responses by Government and Families/Individuals

‘The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia sees this volume as a major contribution to improving our understanding of Australia’s population ageing. Social science research in this area truly underpins our ability as a nation to manage such demographic change, and its consequences for the economy and society. Such knowledge helps ensure that our citizens can live even better lives.’
— Glenn Withers, President, ASSA

‘It is fantastic that Australians are living longer and healthier lives but we need to address these demographic changes.’
— The Hon Joe Hockey MP, 2015 Intergenerational Report


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Publication date:
Oct 2016
ANU Press
Business & Economics; Social Sciences: Social Policy & Administration, Sociology
Australia; East Asia: Japan

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Part 1. Perspectives on ageing

  1. Introduction: A multidisciplinary approach to ageing (PDF, 0.1MB) — Hal Kendig, Peter McDonald and John Piggott doi
  2. Ageing and social change in Australia (PDF, 0.6MB)Cathy Gong and Hal Kendig doi
  3. Population ageing in Australia—National policy challenges and future directions (PDF, 0.3MB)John Piggott doi

Part 2. Population ageing: Global, regional and Australian perspectives

  1. Ageing in Australia: Population changes and responses (PDF, 0.9MB)Peter McDonald doi
  2. Declining fertility and the rising costs of children and the elderly in Japan and other selected Asian countries: An analysis based upon the NTA approach (PDF, 0.9MB)Naohiro Ogawa, Rikiya Matsukura and Sang-Hyop Lee doi
  3. Facing the challenges of an ageing society (PDF, 0.2MB)Jan Pakulski doi

Part 3. Improving health and wellbeing

  1. Social research and actions on ageing well (PDF, 0.2MB)Hal Kendig and Colette Browning doi
  2. Enhancing cognitive capacities over the life-span (PDF, 0.4MB)Kaarin J Anstey doi
  3. Social engagement in late life (PDF, 0.2MB)Tim D Windsor, Rachel G Curtis and Mary A Luszcz doi
  4. Wellbeing and its improvability as a national goal (PDF, 0.2MB)Richard A Burns and Colette Browning doi

Part 4. Responses by government and families/individuals

  1. Retirement income strategies for an ageing population (PDF, 0.3MB)Hazel Bateman doi
  2. Ageing, entitlement and funding health care (PDF, 0.7MB)Jane Hall and Kees van Gool doi
  3. Financing aged care: The role of housing wealth and intergenerational relationships (PDF, 0.4MB)Rachel Ong doi
  4. Conclusions: An historic triumph that presents big challenges for public policy (PDF, 0.1MB)Andrew Podger doi

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