December 2012

Centre Director's Message

It’s been an important year for CEPAR.
Over the last 12 months, we have moved from the mechanics of establishing the Centre to implementing strategies designed to meet its objectives. We have invested much time in developing our relationships with partner organisations – an immensely rewarding experience that is providing us with new insights and perspectives on the impacts of the ageing demographic. 


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Aged Care Policy Dialogue

Opened by the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler, our first policy dialogue was held on Aged Care at the start of December. It brought together local and international experts, members of the aged care industry, policymakers and the public. 

Now that Australia has committed to a reform pathway in this important area of public policy, interest was strong.


1st International CEPAR Conference

We are delighted to announce our first international population ageing conference, to take place next July 2 and 3. We already have an exciting line-up of keynote speakers, and will be calling for contributed papers soon

The conference will feature opportunities for younger researchers to present their work, an industry morning is planned, and we are hoping to devote some exclusive time to population ageing and its consequences in China, the world’s most rapidly ageing nation. 

An exciting element of the conference will be its multi-disciplinary flavour. Demographers, economists, sociologists, and psychologists will be presenting over the two days.

By breaking with the purely disciplinary tradition, we hope to encourage innovative collaborative approaches  to the challenges of an ageing demographic. 

Topic areas will be in part determined by the weight and relative quality of contributed papers, but we hope to cover issues as diverse as inter-generational solidarity, cognitive decline, demographic projections, healthy ageing, and innovations in retirement finance.

If you wish to contribute to the conference, abstracts of approximately 2 pages plus a brief biography should be submitted by Friday 15 February 2013.

Online submission will be available on the conference website shortly. In the meantime you can email Amy Brushwood at


In the news

CEPAR Chief Investigator Hal Kendig appeared on ABC TV Breakfast ahead of the Aged Care policy Dialogue on December 4 to discuss the issue of population ageing and funding.

Other recent media appearances from our Chief Investigators include Mike Sherris in the Sydney Morning Herald, 2UE radio in Sydney and  Knowledge@ASB discussing whether we will live too long to enjoy retirement.

John Piggott  featured in Knowledge@ASB as well, discussing how Australia compares internationally in its approach to funding retirement. More details of commentray from CEPAR academics can be found on our website 


Featured Research

World AIDS Day was on December 1.

CEPAR Chief Investigator Professor Robert Cumming talks about the 'significant blind spot of the global AIDS response'.  

With existing data only examining the 15-49 year old cohort, Bob and a colleague looked at gathering the data for the over 50 cohort.

Fact Sheet Series

We are pleased to launch a new series of Fact Sheets to provide the community with useful resources on population ageing.

The first in the series is the Aged Care fact sheet. More will follow in the new year.

Upcoming events 

2-3 July 2013
1st International CEPAR Conference

Analysing Population Ageing: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Innovations

Conference Flyer


Staff profile

We meet Associate Investigator Kate O'Loughlin.

Kate is living her research by embarking on her first ocean swim in January. We wish Kate the best of luck in her endeavour!


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