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Director's Message

The Federal Government’s Financial System Inquiry (FSI)  response is welcome.

Chapter Two of the report focused exclusively on retirement incomes and superannuation, an indication in itself of the importance of  this sector to the financial system. The Government’s acceptance of almost all the recommendations of the FSI is timely, and provides a platform from which to build a better retirement policy. more
CEPAR Research: projects, people, presentations and publications
CEPAR People 
CEPAR Chair now UNSW Adjunct Professor

We are pleased to announce that the Chair of CEPAR's Advisory Board, Marc de Cure, has been appointed an Adjunct Professor at the UNSW Business School. The appointment recognises his long-term and valued contributions to the University (his alma mater) and to CEPAR, and his unique creativity and expertise. more


Chief Investigator Hal Kendig (above left) has been acknowledged at the  International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Regional meeting in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He was presented with the Chairman’s Award ‘for outstanding contribution to the development of gerontology and service to the Asia/Oceania Region of the IAGG’. more
CEPAR researchers presented  papers at the conference from the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP): 
  • Low serum testosterone is not a cause of poor health in older men by Chief Investigator Robert Cumming
  • Sarcopenic obesity is associated with incident frailty, institutionalization and mortality in community dwelling older men by Research Fellow Vasant Hirani

CEPAR PhD student Shang Wu (above right) and Duong Van Tuyen, Taipai Medical University, winners of  Best Oral Presentations for PhD students at the recent APRU conference.  Shang presented on  Optimal portfolio choice with health contingent income products: the value of life care annuities.

Director John Piggott and Senior Research Fellow Rafal Chomik attended  The Demographic Dividend and Population Aging in Asia and the Pacific conference  hosted by the East-West Center and Statistics Korea.  Rafal presented on Population Ageing in Asia and the Pacific: Dependency Metrics for Policy, which explored potential ways to add more economic significance into standard demographic dependency ratios.

The golden years: John Piggott on the economics of increased longevity, video interview for UNSW's e-journal BusinessThink

Research Fellow Lu Bei was recently interviewed by The Sydney Morning Herald following China's sudden change to the One Child Policy.  She provided insight into Chinese population ageing drawing on her research into Chinese life expectancy (CEPAR Working Paper 18)  and informal long term care provision (CEPAR Working Paper 28).
$1 million+ in ARC Discovery Grants
CEPAR Investigators have been awarded more than $1 million in grants from the ARC's Discovery Projects Scheme 2016. more 
Meeting the needs of older Indonesians 
A unique project is examining the life situations of Indonesians aged 60+ living in rural villages where younger generations have moved away. more 

2015 Diary

Pensions and Superannuation Series
16 November  12 -1pm
Guaranteed renewability in health insurance; changes in risk status and cost of death
by Peter Zweifel, University of Zurich more

Australia-China International Aged Care Summit
16 - 17 November 
Austrade will host a dedicated Aged Care Trade Mission to China to learn about aged care and health industries, showcase Australian capabilities, and meet potential customers and collaborators. 

 ASSA 2015 Symposium
Tuesday 17 November
Social Insurance for the 21st Century? Exploring pathways for a sustainable, equitable and effective welfare system 
Shine Dome, Canberra, ACT.more 

Public Lecture 
Friday 20 November
ABC and D: Ageing, Blood Pressure, Calcium Channel Blockers and Dementia
by Dr Ruth Peters, Imperial College, London
Bob Douglas Lecture Theatre, ANU.more 

Workshop on Emerging Economies 
23 - 24 November
CEPAR, along with UNSW Business School and the School of Economics, UNSW, host this event featuring Boston University's Professor Dilip Mookerjee as plenary speaker. more 

ERA 2015 Conference
Melbourne 7 - 8 December 

The theme is 'Bringing Research to Life' and there will be a  Rapid Fire Presentation competition to showcase research in 5 minutes! more

Retirement Income Modelling Workshop
Sydney 9 December 2015
Featuring Professor Ayse Imrohoroglu
 (University of Southern California) and Sagiri Kitao (Keio University). For further information please contact George Kudrna: ( 

For 2016: 
The International Federation on Ageing’s 2016  Global Conference Brisbane 21-23 June



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