November 2014

Centre Director's Message

CEPAR is proud of our recent involvement in two major activities aimed at developing the next generation of researchers. 

Since our inception, we have been the major sponsor of the Emerging Researchers in Ageing initiative which provides opportunities for PhD students from a range of disciplines focused on ageing. The annual ERA national conference showcases the work of students from around the country and provides opportunities to network, participate in career development workshops, and hear from international  experts.

This year, CEPAR Chief Investigator Kaarin Anstey was chosen to deliver the keynote address. She focused on career development paths for early career researchers and drew on her personal experience to  outline opportunities available for young researchers at key points in their careers, stressing the importance of mentoring.

On December 1, thirty four PhD students from the top universities in Australia and China will assemble at UNSW for the G08/C9 PhD forum. 
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Population Ageing: A National Reponse

Population Ageing and Australia's Future, the Academy of Social
Sciences in Australia (ASSA) 2014 symposium, hosted in collaboration with CEPAR,  invited local and international experts to address the challenges of our ageing populations. An informed national response is needed to ensure that Australian society, individuals, families and communities are connected and provide opportunities for continued involvement of active older people.

“ASSA's annual symposium examines important issues and the focus on population ageing underlines hwo critical it is for Australian governments to develop public policy responses," says co-covenor CEPAR Chief Investigator Hal Kendig.

CEPAR contributors also included researchers Kaarin Anstey, John Piggott, Hal Kendig, Peter McDonald, Tim Windsor, Richard Burns, Hazel Bateman and Rachel Ong, while the Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner The Hon Susan Ryan AO gave a keynote speech outlining the social and economic impacts of rejecting older workers, encouraging greater workforce and societal participation.

Presentations will be available at:


Dynamic future for ageing research:        ERA 2014 

49 presentations, 7 posters and 7 journal papers presented at the ERA (Emerging Researchers in Ageing) Conference in Adelaide, 24-25 November show the breadth of current research in ageing being undertaken by higher degree research students across Australia. CEPAR sponsors this annual event to support and acknowledge the dynamic nature of this research, evident in the program's 12 sessions from Cognition and Psychological Ageing, Nutrition and Health, to Decision Making and Community Participation, and Social Relationships.

CEPAR Chief Investigator Kaarin Anstey's keynote address gave professional and personal insight into the challenges and rewards of developing a career in ageing research. 

Dorothy Dudley, a PhD student at the University of Sydney,  was one of eight CEPAR researchers to present, and  was awarded Best Presentation by an AAG Student Member for her paper Greener pastures? A portrait of life satisfaction among older Australians.

Sydney workshop scopes 2015 agenda 

CEPAR is collaborating with the Munich-based research group CESinfo Group to deliver two workshops on pension taxation, population ageing, and globalisation. 

The first took place this month in Sydney, with presentations from CEPAR researchers Alan Woodland, John Piggott, Hazel Bateman, George Kudrna, Rafal Chomik and Cagri Kumru.  Invited guests included Australian government representatives, local and international policy developers and senior academics from Australia, Europe and Asia Pacific.

The workshop included a review of private/public pension design and taxation, drawing on the presentation by George Kudrna and Hazel Bateman that critically reviewed the taxation of Australia's superannuation and analysed reform proposals using life cycle modelling to highlight areas of improvement and reduction to public pension expenditure.This presentation is available here.

Themes from this event will be further developed and shape the program for a Munich workshop planned for September 2015 to provide a comprehensive international examination of pension taxation.  

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Conference, Symposium on Ageing in the Asia-Pacific Region
5 - 9 November

CEPAR researchers were amongst 4,000  at the world's premier assembly of researchers, educators and practiioners in the field of ageing!  The 67th GSA Conference theme was Making Connections: From Cells to Societies and CEPAR presenters were:

Kaarin Anstey: Gender and Distance to Death Effects on Late-life Memory Decline: Individual Differences or Methodological Artefacts?

Kimberly Ashby Mitchell: Cross-domain Biomarker Interactions Influence Cognitive Ageing: Alzheimers-related genes and Type 2 Diabetes

Lindy Clemson: Preventing Falls through an Online Intervention Program: Development and Preliminary Usage Patterns

Hal Kendig: Population Change, Spatial Inequalities, and Policy Responses among Older Australians: Evidence from Small Area Census Data

Carol Jagger: Dietary Patterns and Sociodemographic Profile of the Very Old in the Newcastle 85+ Study

Kate O'Loughlin: Changes in Subjective and Economic Well-being among Australian Baby Boomers

Lindy Clemson also presented at ANZ Falls Prevention Conference and
9th Pan Pacific Conference on Rehabilitation & 21st Annual Conference of Gerontology

47th Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference
26 - 28 November
Heather Booth Offline Social Network Predictors of Online Social Networking Among Older Adults

CEPAR in the News

Chief Investigator Hal Kendig was interviewed on Canberra, Perth and NSW local radio on the impacts of population ageing ahead of the ASSA Symposium. Age and Disability Discrimination Commissioner The Hon Susan Ryan AO gave advance notice of her keynote ASSA speech for The Canberra Times (also in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age), and she and CEPAR Director John Piggott also featured on WIN TV on older people 's workforce participation.
Sydney Sabbatical @CEPAR 

Professor Martin Boyer, HEC Montréal (University of Montréal), spent the first part of a year-long sabbatical at CEPAR.  CEFA Professor of Finance and Insurance and Risk Management, Martin’s research interests are liability risk, longevity risk and pension fund financing. During his time at CEPAR, he presented two research papers.

He says his first visit to CEPAR has been valuable, extending the Canadian context of his own work into problems of longevity and pension planning, with a bonus being able to attend the CESinfo Workshop for discussion with Australian and international colleagues.

“Visiting CEPAR was an attractive proposition due to the range of age-related research here, in particular economics, demographics, actuarial and insurance areas, the fields I myself work in.  But it’s also very interesting to see how the Centre extends that research footprint into sociology and psychology,” he says.

Martin returns to Canada with an insider view of how CEPAR works as an innovative,  multidisciplinary research centre, with first-hand knowledge of  how the different research strands come together to address the critical issue of population ageing.  “CEPAR has such a good network of people, a good balance of researchers with different perspectives and areas of expertise. It’s been really useful to use the physical and mental space that a sabbatical provides to visit in person, meet and talk to people and share ideas, and establish contacts, develop networks and enhance existing relationships with people like Mike Sherris and John Piggott," he says.
Featured Publication

Associate Investigator Hazel Bateman considers decision-making between a default defined benefit or a defined contribution plan in the current current edition of BusinessThink, the online business journal recently launched by UNSW Business School.
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Researcher profile

Research Fellow Xiangling Liu joined CEPAR in October. Her research interests are applied econometrics, with particular focus on urban economics, housing and population´╗┐.

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