Policies focussed on removing barriers to participation could substantially improve health and wellbeing for people with disability.
By Dr Zoe Aitken, Dr Glenda Bishop, and Alex Sully, University of Melbourne
- Fashioning groups that inhabit society’s fringes: the work of Australian VET research into disadvantage
Describing various demographic characteristics of disadvantaged students, the programs they study and their employment outcomes is a significant area of research interest in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. This article offers a preliminary exploration of how groups are problematised and the consequent influence on VET research into disadvantage in Australia. (J. Edu. Policy, Dec 2022)
- The Wellbeing economy
The ‘wellbeing economy’ is an economic term describing economies which adopt a holistic approach to prosperity and develop objectives that benefit people, culture, and the environment together. Wellbeing frameworks are emerging across the globe at an increasing rate. There are several established wellbeing frameworks including, but not limited to, those from Bhutan, New Zealand, Canada, Wales, Germany, Ecuador, and the United Kingdom.
The Australian Federal Government has shown a renewed commitment to its own wellbeing framework in its recent budget, dedicating one of the Budget Strategy and Outlook’s ten statements to "Measuring what matters".
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2022 Keith Hancock Lecture, presented by Professor Deborah Cobb-Clark. Increasing social and economic opportunity is one of the defining challenges of our time. Entrenched socio-economic disadvantage across generations in Australia is discussed. It is argued that the intergenerational persistence in economic disadvantage can largely be understood through an education lens. Children growing up in families that are reliant on social assistance experience many more disruptions in their schooling and receive less financial support from their parents, both of which impact on their chances of completing high school and avoiding the need for social assistance. This lecture is presented by The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in partnership with the University of Sydney.
Dr. James O'Donnell shares his insights on the current state of social cohesion in Australia. A lecturer at the Australian National University, Dr. O'Donnell is the author of the 2022 Mapping Social Cohesion Report.
- Essential Reading List 2022: compiled by the Australia Institute, fiction and non-fiction.
- New resources from the Multilingual Centre for Women's Health. MCWH’s aims to improve the health and wellbeing of migrant and refugee women across Australia.
- Grattan Academy program 2023: expert-led policy and data visualisation training from Australia’s leading domestic think tank.