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From child care to elder care: Findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health
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.

Oct 18, 2018 12:00 PM in Brisbane

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Associate Professor Leigh Tooth
Deputy Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health @University of Queensland
Associate Professor Leigh Tooth specialises in research on women's health, in particular on women carers. She is a Principal Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health based at the University of Queensland. She leads a program of research into health inequalities and the socio-economic determinants of health, quality of life and comorbidity. Her research and policy recommendations have informed health policy on topics including the use and impact of Medicare and DVA funded health care services for war widows; the government’s National Respite for Carers program and the Australian Government’s National Women’s Health Policy 2010.