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Spaces of Australian innovation - report released


Spaces of Australian innovationOur annual Summit focused on ‘Spaces of Australian Innovation’ – whether physical, virtual or metaphorical – and the conditions required for the Australian innovation ecosystem to flourish. The final report and infographic from the Summit have now been released.


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Orange the world


United NationsFrom 25 November to 10 December 2016, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise public awareness to bring about change. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world.”


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Increasing efficiency and value in government purchasing


GAP Taskforce report on Government Health ProcurementThe GAP Taskforce report on Government Health Procurement has been released. It reveals the significant scope for improvements and savings in Australia’s public health procurement.

 


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Too many candles on the birthday cake?


posted by Caroline Howe, Dec 08, 2016

Australia is ageing. Between 2002 and 2042 the number of Australians over the age of 65 will increase from 2.2m to 6.2m. Dr Caroline Howe has tips to manage an ageing workforce.

Age is something we all share, no matter your background or circumstances. The longer we live, the more age we have. What’s important to remember though is that we have an age, we are not an age and shouldn’t be defined by it.

Take for instance cheese. Age in cheese is excellent. So if with age a lot of things get better, why do we fear age in people?

Age is just a description. In reality we simply don’t know when old age sets in because as the years go by we, as a population, are all getting older together and remaining healthier for longer, so the benchmark for “old” keeps moving with it.


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Productive Ageing


In 1970, only 8% of Australians were older than 64. In 2050, it'll be almost a quarter. Pension age is increasing, but this still lags behind growing life expectancy.

According to the GAP report on Productive Ageing, two million older people are willing and able to work - in fact, their underemployment currently costs Australia $10.8 billion a year in lost GDP. An increase of 3% of workplace participation in people over the age of 55 would increase GDP by $33 billion, while 5% growth would see 750,000 benefit recipients become tax payers and give the economy a $48 billion boost.

So why aren't we employing Australia's mature citizens? Ageist prejudices persist, as a fixed retirement age labels people who reach it as unemployable. Besides affecting job prospects, ageism can have a profound impact on someone's confidence, financial situation and quality of life.

That we are living longer, healthy lives shouldn't be a threat - it is an opportunity to be seized. For the next two months, we will be exploring the many facets of productive ageing. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to share your story, opinion or blog idea.


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