Ageing in Australia: Changes, choices and challenges
Rural and regional communities experience population ageing differently to major metropolitan centres. Despite this, the distinctive strengths and challenges of rural Australia are often overlooked in macro level decisions about health and aged care.
This public lecture will explore how changes in social, policy and health care systems are impacting on the choices and experiences of ageing and caregiving in rural and regional Australia.
Drawing on local and national research, this discussion will examine the availability of formal and informal supports to older adults and their caregivers, with a particular focus on the issues of social inequity that can emerge for rural Australians across the life course and into later life.
This lecture is for community members of all ages who are curious about the choices and challenges of living and ageing in a rural community.
Presenter: Dr Belinda Cash is a social worker who specialises in mental health and social gerontology. Belinda works full time at Charles Sturt University, where she teaches into the social work and gerontology programs and is a researcher with the Institute of Land, Water and Society. Belinda is the National President of the Australian Association of Gerontology Student and Early Career Group and Deputy Lead of the CSU Ageing Well Cross-Faculty Research Group.