Pre Oct 2014

11 Feb 14

Mature Age Women Working in Aged Care

This seminar explores a national study on mature aged women’s employment in aged care, completed as part of the ARC Discovery project, Missing Workers: Retaining Mature Age Women Workers to Ensure Future Labour Security. As well as an overview of the objectives, design and broad findings of this exciting study, members of the research team will present papers on topics arising from the larger study.

One paper explores the relationship between age, perceived work ability and intention to leave (ITL) amongst mature age women working in the Australian aged care sector. It uses data from the MAWAC survey in which the women assessed their work ability according to an index on current work ability, physical and mental work demands, diagnosed diseases, sickness absence, work ability prognosis, and psychological resources.

The second paper discusses the relationship between dirty work and pay outcomes in the Australian aged care sector. It utilises national survey and interview data to investigate the various factors and processes that appear to contribute to the apparent lack of a compensating wage differential for dirty work in aged care.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Discover evidence on the retention of mature age women inaged care
  • Consider factors that promote or hinder mature agewomen’s retention in paid work
  • Explore how findings of this Australian study compare topreviously completed European studies of ageing andworkability amongst female nurses and aged care workers

Hear from Leading Experts

Assoc Prof Siobhan Austen
Assoc Prof of Economics - School of Economics and Finance,
Director - Centre for Research in Applied Economics, Curtin University
Siobahn’s research expertise is in the economic analysis of the gendered aspects of key social and economic policy debates around population ageing, retirement incomes and labour force participation. She has contributed to government inquiries on retirement incomes, economic participation by senior Australians and the gender pay gap. She is a member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Gender Statistics Advisory Group and the Federal Government’s Gender Panel. Her academic roles include co-editor of the Australian Journal of Labour Economics and member of the editorial board of the Economics and Labour Relations Review.

Assoc Prof Therese Jefferson
Assoc Prof, Curtin Graduate School of Business
Therese’s research interests focus on the development and implementation of qualitative and mixed methods research methods in economic and social research, with a particular focus on issues which relate to gendered patterns of employment and remuneration. Therese’s research has been published in a wide range of national and international academic journals. She has contributed to major research reports commissioned by both private and public organisations including the Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission, Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the Minerals Council of Australia, the Resources Industry Training Council and the Western Australian Department of Health.

Prof Rhonda Sharp
Adjunct Prof, University of South Australia
Rhonda was formerly a Research Chair and Professor of Economics at the Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia. She is also a member, and a past Director, of the Research Centre for Gender Studies which is key concentration in the Hawke Research Institute. Over the past 25 years she has furthered her work of integrating a gender perspective into economic and social policies through research, writing and working with governments, NGOS and international organizations.

Event Details

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5:00pm - 5:30pm: Registration and nibbles
5:30pm - 7:00pm: Presentations

Event Date & Time: 11 February 2014, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Event Location: Grace Vaughan House, 227 Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, WA

Registrations Open: 20th Jan 14 12:00 AM

Registrations Close: 14th Feb 14 11:59 PM

Your Investment

Member: $10.00
Non Member: $30.00

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