Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment – this must change – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Judith Schleicher and Bhaskar Vira Without nature, humans could be neither healthy nor happy. And yet the natural world can be completely ransacked without causing even a tiny blip on our usual measures of economic progress or poverty. A major UN environmental meeting recently looked at launching an assessment of the different … [Read More] Measures of poverty and well-being still ignore the environment – this must change – The Conversation

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

Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

ABSTRACT Cross-sectional research suggests that the British housing system weakens the link between income poverty and housing outcomes, but this reveals little about the long-term relationships. We examine the relationship between income poverty and housing pathways over an 18-year period to 2008, and develop consensual approaches to poverty estimation, housing deprivation, and the prevalence of … [Read More] Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe Darragh O’Keeffe says increasing numbers of Australians are living with immense money worries that are impacting on their physical and mental health, but it is important to know that help is available. It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial … [Read More] Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Successful Aging as the Intersection of Individual Resources, Age, Environment, and Experiences of Well-being in Daily Activities – Journals of Gerontology

ABSTRACT Objective: We conceptualize successful aging as a cumulative index of individual resources (the absence of disease and disability, high cognitive and physical functioning, social embeddedness) in the service of successful aging outcomes (global well-being, experienced well-being, and vital status), and conditioned by age, social structure, and environment. Method:The study used baseline and follow-up data from … [Read More] Successful Aging as the Intersection of Individual Resources, Age, Environment, and Experiences of Well-being in Daily Activities – Journals of Gerontology

Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Mark Smith “Money for nothing” is not just a song from 1985 by Dire Straits but also, it seems, a new wave of policies supporting the government providing an income for citizens, regardless of their economic activity. Benoît Hamon, the surprise winner of the first round of the socialist primaries in … [Read More] Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

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

Do debts lead to disability pension? Evidence from a 15-year follow-up of 54,000 Finnish men and women – Journal of European Social Policy

ABSTRACT While over-indebtedness has emerged as a new social risk among Europeans as a consequence of economic recessions, its associations with health and disability are poorly understood. This study utilises longitudinal, register-based data to assess the associations of over-indebtedness with disability retirement. Severely over-indebted people were identified from the Finnish credit information register. For each … [Read More] Do debts lead to disability pension? Evidence from a 15-year follow-up of 54,000 Finnish men and women – Journal of European Social Policy

Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream – Australian Parliamentary Library

Extract from a Research Paper by Don Arthur Executive summary • A universal basic income (UBI) is a payment made to all adult individuals that allows people to meet their basic needs. It is made without any work or activity tests. • The idea of a universal basic income (UBI) is not new but until recently had … [Read More] Basic income: a radical idea enters the mainstream – Australian Parliamentary Library

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

Watch shocking video of Fitzroy before the hipsters descended – The Daily Review

Extract from an article by The Daily Review Watch shocking video of Fitzroy before the hipsters descended  Long before the internet, hashtags and cat videos were invented, anti-poverty fighters were tapping into the power of film. In the 1940s the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s founder, Father Gerard Tucker, created some powerful images in the struggle against … [Read More] Watch shocking video of Fitzroy before the hipsters descended – The Daily Review

Australia could learn a lot if it actually listened to Indigenous women on domestic violence – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Celeste Liddle For two days last year, a crowd of mainly Aboriginal women from many communities across Central Australia gathered in Alice Springs to discuss the impacts of family and domestic violence on our communities. We also talked about the many initiatives being undertaken to counter this devastating epidemic, of … [Read More] Australia could learn a lot if it actually listened to Indigenous women on domestic violence – Sydney Morning Herald

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