Socio-economic determinants and health inequalities over the life course
This project will examine how life experiences of the baby boom cohort (born 1946-1950) influence health, productivity, well-being, and pension and service use at ages 60 to 64 years in 2010-11.
We aim to determine how:
- Health inequalities and health actions in late middle-age are influenced by accumulated variations in family, occupational, and economic exposures from childhood onwards.
- Socially structured life-course experiences, health outcomes, and health behaviours vary between men and women.
- Australian and English life outcomes reflect different societal and policy developments since WWII.
- Migration impacts on life-course outcomes by comparing native-born Australians, native-born English, English migrants to Australia, and other migrants to Australia.
The project will identify and enhance understanding of:
- The influences of socio-economic disadvantage earlier in the life course and during critical periods of history for potentially accumulating inequalities in health, work opportunities, and well-being as both women and men grow older.
- The interplay between the socio-economic determinants of health, e.g. between family and parenting, employment and workplaces, that potentially can be improved through individual action and government strategies.
- How improving health for ageing Australians can increase productivity and limit needs for health services during the unprecedented period of ageing that lies ahead.
- What is distinctly Australian about the post-war experience through comparisons between Australia and England, in light of our immigration program and socio-economic developments.
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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1238
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