Caregiving roles and responsibilities, especially in an informal or unpaid capacity, are a significant part of many women’s lives. As women transition in and out of caring for children, parents, partners and grandchildren they juggle other responsibilities like family, employment and their own healthcare needs.
From Child care to Elder Care: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health, is a major report developed for the Australian Government Department of Health.
Join Associate Professor Leigh Tooth, the lead author and Deputy Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health based at UQ for the report launch.
Leigh will break down the findings for policymakers, advocacy groups, carers, researchers, and the general public.
• Mother’s use and perceptions of formal and informal childcare and their experiences returning to work
• Is caring for the grandchildren a joy or a burden?
• Caring for the long-term ill, disabled or frail – who becomes a carer, how much time do they give, who are they caring for and why, and what are the needs of live-in carers vs. those who care for someone outside the home?
• The health impacts and experiences of carers caught in the sandwich generation
The report investigates patterns of caregiving across women’s life course, the socio-demographic factors associated with caregiving patterns, and the impact of caregiving on social, employment and health outcomes of caregivers, including their health service use. It draws on longitudinal survey data and linked MBS and PBS datasets from three generations of women aged 18 to 97. The personal stories and reflections of the study participants provide rich illustration and insight into the lived experiences of caregivers.