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Enhancing the health and employment participation of older workers


Noone, J and Bohle, PL, Enhancing the health and employment participation of older workers, Ageing in Australia: Challenges and Opportunities, Springer, K. O'Loughlin, C. Browning and H. Kendig (ed), New York, pp. 127-146. ISBN 978-1-4939-6464-2 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-6466-6_8


The ageing of the Australian workforce has raised concerns about economic sustainability and prompted government polices to encourage longer working lives. However, the effectiveness of these policies is limited by a focus on individual workers rather than the organisations employing them. This chapter examines the strengths of older workers, the specific challenges they face and the implications of both for policy reform. It demonstrates that challenges concerning mental health, training and the ‘design of work’ demand stronger policy intervention if employment is to be effectively prolonged. The concept of ‘work ability’ is introduced as a framework for incorporating organisational considerations into policy development.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:older workers, healthy workplaces, employment policy, organisational environment, work ability
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Aged health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Health related to ageing
UTAS Author:Bohle, PL (Professor Philip Bohle)
ID Code:131432
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2019-03-18
Last Modified:2019-04-02

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