Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

ABSTRACT While previous studies have established social capital as an important determinant of subjective well-being (SWB), the broader social context people are living in has not received much attention in terms of SWB. To address this issue, we propose the concept of social affiliation, measuring the feeling of belonging to the social whole, of being … [Read More] Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

Waistlines expanding with urban sprawl, study finds – Canberra Times

Extract from an article by Doug Dingwall  Life in an outer suburb may be making its dwellers more obese than inner city slickers, new research suggests. A study from the Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Health and Ageing has found a person’s city address is linked to their obesity level. The waistlines of people living in … [Read More] Waistlines expanding with urban sprawl, study finds – Canberra Times

Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2017 – Productivity Commission

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This year marks the 22nd edition of the Report on Government Services — comparing the performance of governments in the efficient and effective delivery of a wide range of services aimed at improving the wellbeing … [Read More] Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2017 – Productivity Commission

Annual Youth Survey 2016 – Mission Australia

SUMMARY Each year we encourage young Australians aged 15-19 to ‘speak up’ about the issues that really concern them through our annual Youth Survey, the largest of its kind. In 2016 we had close to 22,000 respondents. Since its inception 15 years ago, the Youth Survey has become a critical piece of research and is … [Read More] Annual Youth Survey 2016 – Mission Australia

Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016 – Productivity Commission

SUMMARY The Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage report measures the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. This comprehensive report card measures where things have improved (or not) against 52 indicators across a range of areas including governance, leadership and culture, early childhood, education, health, home and safe and supportive communities, and includes case studies on … [Read More] Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage: Key Indicators 2016 – Productivity Commission

Disadvantaged areas face cost barriers to health care – Australian Bureau of Statistics

Media Release In 2015-16, more than a quarter (27 per cent) of people living in areas of greatest socio-economic disadvantage who needed to see a dental professional delayed or avoided visiting due to cost. This is compared to over 1 in 10 (11 percent) of people living in areas of least disadvantage. This is just … [Read More] Disadvantaged areas face cost barriers to health care – Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Overview from the Rev Tim Costello, Chair CCA Imagine an Australia where incarceration rates are falling, where the suicide rate is less than the road toll, where levels of violence against women and children have been significantly reduced? Imagine an Australia where your postcode or cultural identity does not define your chance of getting an education or a job or living … [Read More] The Australia We Want – The Community Council for Australia

Labour casualization and the psychosocial health of workers in Australia – Work Employment & Society

ABSTRACT This article presents the results of a qualitative study of 72 workers in regional Victoria, Australia. Against the background of the growing casualization of the workforce it demonstrates the impact on the health and well-being of these workers, focusing on the intersection between psychosocial working conditions and health. In particular it focuses on the … [Read More] Labour casualization and the psychosocial health of workers in Australia – Work Employment & Society

Information and Communication Technology Use Is Related to Higher Well-Being Among the Oldest-Old – Journals Of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Objectives: Older adults often prioritize socially meaningful goals over informational goals. Thus, we predicted that using information and communication technology (ICT) in service of socially meaningful versus informational goals relates to higher well-being among the oldest-old. Method: We surveyed 445 adults aged 80+ (mean = 84, range = 80–93; 64% female; 26% non-White) online … [Read More] Information and Communication Technology Use Is Related to Higher Well-Being Among the Oldest-Old – Journals Of Gerontology

It’s employment status, not class, that affects mental health – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Lindsay Richards and Marii Paskov For the last few decades, research into social determinants of health and well-being seemed to tell a simple story: the poorer you are, or the lower your class, the worse your health and well-being is likely to be. The gradient can be replicated with level of education, … [Read More] It’s employment status, not class, that affects mental health – The Conversation

Productivity Commission calls to privatise public health and housing – The Guardian

Extract from an article by Gareth Hutchens Social housing, public dental services and public hospitals could soon be opened to more market competition. The Productivity Commission has said they are among six “priority areas” in the human services sector where the quality of services could be greatly improved if people are given a greater say over … [Read More] Productivity Commission calls to privatise public health and housing – The Guardian

Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

This preliminary findings report was released on 22 September 2016. You are invited to examine the preliminary findings report and make written submissions by Thursday 27 October 2016. The study report will be released in November 2016. The Commission will then commence the second stage of the inquiry Reforms to Human Services. The purpose of … [Read More] Human Services: Preliminary Findings Report – Productivity Commission

Older Australia at a glance – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

In 2016, approximately 3.7 million people (15% of Australia’s total projected population of 24.3 million) are older Australians. In this report, older Australians are generally those aged 65 and over, unless otherwise specified. The different age group of older Indigenous Australians—50 and over—reflects the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non?Indigenous Australians, and the low … [Read More] Older Australia at a glance – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Aboriginal women: we have voice, don’t speak for us – The Power to Persuade

Extract from an article by Summer May Finlay In today’s post, Summer May Finlay makes the case for a facilitative approach to policy influence and change for people whose voices are silenced.  Specifically, she calls on the feminist movement in Australia to ally with rather than speak on behalf of Aboriginal women.  A Yorta Yorta woman, … [Read More] Aboriginal women: we have voice, don’t speak for us – The Power to Persuade

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