Australia, like other industrialised countries, confronts the prospect of a steadily ageing population. The expectation of life has increased spectacularly during the past century, putting Australia second only to Japan. International evidence, as well as Australian statistics, indicates that this trend will continue, with further improvements in health but with increasing levels of disability. Increased longevity will be a key determining factor in the shape of Australian society in the 21st century. It also poses a series of challenges, opportunities and policy issues for society in general and for government in particular. ""Longevity and Social Change in Australia"" covers a wide range of issues, including health, retirement incomes, aged care, family relations, employment, housing and town planning. Special attention is given to the particular structural disadvantages affecting women, Aboriginal Australians and ethnic minorities. This comprehensive new volume will be an essential reference for policy makers and for students in social policy, sociology, gerontology and public health. It constitutes a distinctive Australian contribution to international debates on the implications of an ageing world.
ALLAN BOROWSKI is Professor and a former Head in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at La Trobe University. SOL ENCEL is Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow in the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. ELIZABETH OZANNE is Associate Professor and Head of the School of Social Work at the University of Melbourne.
Contributors; Foreword - Norman Swan; Introduction; 1 The dimensions and implications of Australian population ageing - Allan Borowski and Peter McDonald; 2 The health of older Australians - Colin D Mathers; 3 Indigenous Australians: Ageing without longevity? - Philippa Cotter, Ian Anderson and Len R Smith; 4 Gender and ageing - Cherry Russell; 5 Ethnicity and ageing - Donald T Rowland; 6 Age and employment - Sol Encel and Rob Ranzijn; 7 Health policy for a long-lived society - Hal Swerissen and Stephen Duckett; 8 Retirement income policy for a long-lived society - Allan Borowski and Diana Olsberg; 9 Housing policy for a long-lived society - Hal Kendig and Catherine Bridge; 10 Ageing in space: Transport, access and urban form - Mike Berry; 11 Uncertain prospects: Aged care policy for a long-lived society - Michael Fine; 12 The politics of ageing - Sol Encel and Elizabeth Ozanne; 13 Lifelong education and lifelong learning - Sheila Rimmer; 14 Family and intergenerational relations in the long-lived society - Elizabeth Ozanne; 15 Ageing and the law - Terry Carney.