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December 2017

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Spotlight on Older women's health and wellbeing

The December Spotlight explores the issue of: Older women's health and wellbeing

Australia’s population is ageing. People aged over 65, the majority of whom are women, currently make up 15% of the Australian population. Aboriginal people are considered ‘older’ at age 50 and over due to the life expectancy gap and their experience of chronic health issues.

As they age, many older women will continue living independently or with little assistance, and continue being active members of the community through working, volunteering, and caring for spouses and grandchildren. However, there are a number of factors that influence women’s experience of older age including: the impacts of longer life on physical health; housing and financial security; experience of elder abuse; and ageing stereotypes and cultural attitudes to ageing.

Women live longer than men and can expect to live almost twenty years beyond the Age Pension entitlement of 67 years. Longer lifespans mean that they are more likely than older men to live alone, more likely to be in residential care, are the majority of those with dementia, and live fewer active years despite older age.

There is a need for more freely available and up-to-date research on the health and wellbeing of older Aboriginal women, women from migrant and refugee backgrounds, and older women with disabilities.

Event proceedings: Making Space for Women: Sexist advertising and representation 5 December 2017

This year we continued our conversation around representations of women and girls through our second Making Space for Women event, presented in partnership by Plan InternationalCity of Melbourne and Women’s Health Victoria, and funded through the State government’s Victoria Against Violence activities as part of the 16 Days of Activism campaign.

Our panel of expert speakers explored how the representation of women and girls in advertising and public spaces impacts women and girls’ feelings of safety and inclusion, how this perpetuates stereotypes that drive violence against women, and how we can address this through innovative opportunities to improve the representation and inclusion of women in Victoria.

Access the forum audio and graphic recording here.

Annual Reports - released 30 October


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