This Workshop was held on 11 November 2013 and attracted more than 40 participants. The focus of the Workshop was innovation in Australian mortality analysis and methods for mortality research. Interest in mortality research has increased rapidly over the last decade, fuelled by concerns such as the ageing of the population, how long we will live, the demand for aged care and how to finance it, closing the (Indigenous) gap in infant mortality and life expectancy, and the effect of climate change on human survival. The workshop provided a timely opportunity for the Australian demographic, actuarial and mortality-interested research community to come together to focus on these and other issues in Australian mortality research. The aims of the Workshop were to provide a forum to showcase research on Australian mortality, to facilitate the exchange of ideas and discussion, and to foster interdisciplinary research collaboration.
There were two keynote speakers. Professor Richard Rogers of the University of Colorado, author of numerous papers on mortality and mortality differentials in the USA, presented new research on alcohol consumption and mortality. Martin Stevenson, recently retired worldwide partner at Mercer and chair of the International Actuarial Association Mortality Working Group, addressed the topic of Australian pensioner mortality.
The Workshop was organised by Associate Professor Heather Booth and Bridget Browne (PhD candidate, ADSRI, and Senior Lecturer in the Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies & Applied Statistics). It was supported by an ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences Workshop Grant and by the ANU College of Business and Economics Research School of Finance, Actuarial Studies and Applied Statistics. The Workshop was an activity of the ADSRI Group on Longevity, Ageing and Mortality (GLAM).
Workshop program (PDF 395KB)