Ageing and Learning in Australia: Arguing an Evidence Base for Informed and Equitable Policy

Author(s): Michael Cuthill, Laurie Buys, Bruce Wilson, Helen Kimberley, Denise Reghenzani, Peter Kearns, Sally Thompson, Barry Golding, Jo Root, Rhonda Weston.

Journal Name: Current Aging Science

Volume 9 , Issue 3 , 2016


Background: Given Australia’s population ageing and predicted impacts related to health, productivity, equity and enhancing quality of life outcomes for senior Australians, lifelong learning has been identified as a pathway for addressing the risks associated with an ageing population. To date Australian governments have paid little attention to addressing these needs and thus, there is an urgent need for policy development for lifelong learning as a national priority. The purpose of this article is to explore the current lifelong learning context in Australia and to propose a set of factors that are most likely to impact learning in later years.

Conclusion: Evidence based policy that understands and incorporates learning opportunities for all citizens is required to meet emerging global challenges. Providing appropriate learning opportunities to seniors is one clear pathway for achieving diverse health, social and economic outcomes.

Keywords: Ageing, learning, Australia, older adults, policy.

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Year: 2016
Page: [196 - 202]
Pages: 7
DOI: 10.2174/1874609809666160506122322
Price: $58

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