Funding provided by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to Collin Payne.
Healthy longevity is critical for aging populations in Australia and across the Asia-Pacific. However, there is growing inequality between those who enjoy later-life health, and those who experience age-related illness and disease. This project will analyse long-term data to explore trends in the health of successive generations of older Australians, providing improved information for planning future demand for health services, the age pension, and aged care. By identifying inequalities in later-life health and the drivers of healthy longevity, this project addresses a pressing issue facing Australia and other ageing populations. The project is expected to generate the first systematic evidence-base on healthy longevity in Australia, and seeks to explore how trends in later-life health in Australia fit within our global region. New methods will be developed to identify the diseases leading to health inequalities older populations, providing policymakers with clear insight on the most high-priority conditions to target with interventions. The findings from this research are expected to directly contribute to more equitable health-system planning, and ultimately help to reduce inequalities in health and longevity among older adults.
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