Welcome to the March 2013 CEPAR newsletter.

Centre Director Message

With International Women's Day last week, this edition considers the distinctions between gender around issues of population ageing. Work and care, retirement income and life expectancy differences highlight the stark contrast between genders. We consider the lessons we can learn for the next generation. 


Gender inequality: The case for investing in informal care

Work and Care is one of the focuses of CEPAR research. 

With a bias toward women providing unpaid care, International Women's Day provides an opportunity to examine the case for investing in informal care. This article provides an overview of the issue of informal care and the possible pathways to improving the situation for women. 

Dementia: Development of a new method for assessing global risk  

This paper, published in Prevention Science, looks at risk factors over the life course, their interaction with age and presents a new methodology for developing evidence based risk assessment of Alzheimer's Disease

With dementia affecting more women than men, we take this opportunity in our International Women's Day issue to highlight the latest work of Chief Investigator Kaarin Anstey with Associate Investigator Nicolas Cherbuin and PhD student Pushpani Herath.


Featured Research

A mental model of factors associated with subjective life expectancy.

This new research on subjective life expectancy (SLE), co-authored by Barbara Griffin, CEPAR Research Fellow Vanessa Loh and Beryl Hesketh was published in the February edition of Social Science and Medicine.

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In the news

John Piggott featured in Ross Fitzgerald's column in The Australian equating population ageing with climate change.

Kaarin Anstey featured in Medibank's Be Magazine talking about dementia prevention.

Rafal Chomik tells Australia 40 will be the new 20

For more of CEPAR researchers media appearances visit the website

Out and about

Michael Sherris returns from India where he spoke at the Indian Actuaries Institute Gala Awards, 15th Global Conference of Actuaries in India. Michael spoke on managing and modelling longevity risks, the future actuary and the role of education.  

Staff profile

Vanessa LohResearch Fellow

Based at the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit at Sydney University, Vanessa joined CEPAR in January 2012. She obtained her PhD in Psychology from Sydney University in 2010. 


Conference sneak peek

An abstract submitted for the upcoming 1st International CEPAR conference, to be presented by Kate O'Loughlin, will focus on the issue of work and care amongst the baby-boomer generation. 

The results reported here indicate that caregiving does impact on workforce participation and health status, but does so in different ways depending on one’s gender and the type of caregiving undertaken. 

Upcoming Events

Your Brain Matters
Speaker Professor Kaarin Anstey
Friday, 15 March
7am - 8:45am, John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen
Free walk, talk and breakfast
Donations welcome

Register Now
July 2 -3, UNSW, Sydney
Analysing Population Ageing: Multidisciplinary Perspectives and Innovation
July 9 - 10, UNSW, Sydney
21st Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers
Expressions of interest and inquiries should be emailed to
Abstract deadline is 1st April 2013

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