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Type: Journal article
Title: Ageing research in Australia: reflecting on Graeme Hugo’s four decades of contribution
Author: Faulkner, D.
Feist, H.
Lewis, J.
Citation: Australian Geographer, 2016; 47(4):399-415
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 0004-9182
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Debbie Faulkner, Helen Barrie Feist & Judith Lewis
Abstract: Globally, population ageing is one of the most pressing social and policy issues faced today. Over the next two decades, Australian society will face dramatic increases in the proportion of the population aged 65 years and over, as the baby boomers move into older age and fertility levels remain low. Yet population ageing is not a surprising or new trend—demographic changes in the age profile of a population tend to occur incrementally rather than suddenly. As a demographer and geographer, Graeme Hugo drew attention to this trend in Australia’s population more than three decades ago. Throughout Graeme Hugo’s vast breadth of work over the past 40 years, there has been a consistent thread of demographic analysis and academic thought associated with the ageing of Australia’s population. This paper focuses on Hugo’s contributions to academic thought and policy on Australia’s ageing population and the challenges associated with this for both service delivery and health policy as Australian society moves into an unprecedented era of population ageing.
Keywords: Ageing; Australia; population; Graeme Hugo
Rights: © 2016 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.
RMID: 0030054644
DOI: 10.1080/00049182.2016.1220902
Appears in Collections:Geography, Environment and Population publications

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