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Ageing in Australia

Challenges and Opportunities

  • Kate O’Loughlin
  • Colette Browning
  • Hal Kendig

Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 16)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Kate O’Loughlin, Hal Kendig, Colette Browning
    Pages 1-10
  3. Dimensions of Ageing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Kate O’Loughlin, Hal Kendig
      Pages 29-45
    3. Julie Byles
      Pages 63-81
    4. Harriet Radermacher, Susan Feldman
      Pages 83-101
  4. Living and Lifestyle

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Hazel Bateman, Rafal Chomik, John Piggott
      Pages 149-172
    3. Debbie Faulkner
      Pages 173-191
  5. Policy and Practice in Health and Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Stephen Duckett
      Pages 209-223
    3. Colette Browning, Jenny Davis, Shane Thomas
      Pages 225-237
    4. Yun-Hee Jeon, Hal Kendig
      Pages 239-259
  6. Actions and Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261

About this book


This stimulating volume examines the many faces of Australia’s ageing population, the social and health issues they contend with, and the steps being taken—and many that should be taken—to help ensure a more positive and productive later life. Individual and societal ageing are conceptualized as developmental in nature, socially diverse, and marked by daily life challenges stemming from the country’s economic structures, attitudes, geography, political landscape, and infrastructure. Wide-ranging coverage (e.g., health, inequalities, employment, transportation) assesses options available to older people, and the role of families, employers, service providers, government agencies, and others in promoting or expanding those choices. The book’s double emphasis on challenges in older people’s lives and opportunities for enhancing their quality of life is on clear display as case studies examine policy issues—and propose solutions—in a societal and individual context.

Included in the coverage:

·         Australian developments in ageing: issues and history

·         Cultural diversity, health, and ageing

·         Indigenous Australians and ageing: responding to diversity in policy and practice

·         Enhancing the health and employment participation of older workers

·         Housing and the environments of ageing

·         Health services and care for older people

The rich examples in Ageing in Australia contain a depth of understanding and evidence for sociologists, gerontologists and psychologists studying ageing, health care professionals providing care to older people, and policy analysts assessing areas for improvement.



Aged care service delivery in Australia Aging in Australia Attitudes about aging Demographics of Australia Developmental aspects of aging in Australia Economics of aging in Australia Environments of Aging Health and aging in Australia Indigenous Australians and aging Life expectancy in Australia Older workforce in Australia Politics of older Australians Population growth in Australia Quality of life in Australia Retirement in Australia Social aspects of aging in Australia Social policy in Australia Support networks in Australia

Editors and affiliations

  • Kate O’Loughlin
    • 1
  • Colette Browning
    • 2
  • Hal Kendig
    • 3
  1. 1.Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of SydneyLidcombeAustralia
  2. 2.ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)University of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia
  3. 3.ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR)University of New South WalesKensingtonAustralia

About the editors

Kate O’Loughlin PhD is an associate professor in the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney and Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). A/Professor O’Loughlin is a health sociologist with research interests in ageing and health particularly around workforce participation, the competing demands of work and care, attitudes to ageing, and age discrimination.


Colette Browning PhD is the Director of the RDNS Institute, Honorary Professor at Peking University, Research Director of the Shenzhen International Primary Health Care Research Institute and Adjunct Professor at Monash University. Professor Browning is recognised as a national and international leader in psychology and health with a special focus on healthy ageing. She is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and Associate Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).


Hal Kendig PhD is Professor of Ageing and Public Policy at the Australian National University’s Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the Research School of Population Health; and is a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). He is a gerontologist and sociologist with primary research interests in socio-economic determinants over the life span, attitudes to ageing, housing and health, community care services and policies, and ageing in Asia. Professor Kendig is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a Life Member of COTA, and a Distinguished Fellow of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Ageing in Australia
  • Book Subtitle Challenges and Opportunities
  • Editors Kate O’Loughlin
    Colette Browning
    Hal Kendig
  • Series Title International Perspectives on Aging
  • Series Abbreviated Title Int. Perspect. Aging
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4939-6464-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4939-8209-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4939-6466-6
  • Series ISSN 2197-5841
  • Series E-ISSN 2197-585X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 290
  • Number of Illustrations 31 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Aging
    Social Policy
    Public Health
    Quality of Life Research
    Health Psychology
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