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12th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing

CEPAR is proud to announce the 12th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing of which it is a major sponsor. This year's event is being organised by CEPAR associate Investigators Kate O'Loughlin and Lindy Clemson. Hosted by the Ageing, Work & Health Research Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, the ERA conference presents a unique opportunity for research higher degree students in the diverse fields relating to ageing to present their developing research.

CEPAR Chief Investigator Professor Robert Cumming will be the keynote speaker this year, presenting on "Public Health and Ageing in sub-Saharan Africa - a personal perspective".

Each year the conference draws an audience of students, academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers and ERA 2013 promises to be an exciting opportunity to network, exchange ideas and discuss the latest in ageing-related research.

The major theme of the conference, "Enabling Active Ageing", focuses on the policy and practice implications of research. It emphasises the impact that the work of emerging researchers has on the field of ageing and the potential their research holds for influencing change.

The conference will take place from the 25th-26th November 2013.

Visit the website for more information.

Call for Abstracts

Research Institute for Policies on Pension and Aging, 6-7 November 2013

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and the Research Institute for Policies on Pension and Aging (RIPPA) present Pre-funded Pension Plans: Theory, Practice and Issues. Does Pre-funding work?



Alexandre Kalache at ANU

Dr Alex Kalache, former World Health Organization Director responsible for launching the WHO Active Ageing Policy Framework and the Global Movement for Age‑Friendly Cities, will be giving two public lectures at The Australian National University.

The Longevity Revolution - Are Societies Prepared? on Wednesday the 9th of October at 5.00pm and

Research and Training for the 21st Century on Thursday the 10th of October at 11.00am.

For more information please contact:

Elsabe Edwards, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing.


Australian Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Conference

CEPAR is proud to continue its support of the Age-Friendly Cities Initiative with its sponsorship of the Australian Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Conference.

In planning for the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing population, the Australian Capital Territory's Office for Ageing is hosting the first Australian Age-Friendly Cities and Communities Conference. All Australian local and state governments have been invited to attend and speak.  

As a member of the World Health Organization's Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the City of Canberra wishes to establish links with other Australian municipalities that have joined this Network, and with all governments interested in advancing their age-friendliness.  

When: 9 October, 2013

Where: Ann Harding Centre, University of Canberra

For more information visit the ACT Government Website.

Professor Ermanno Pitacco Public Seminar

Biometric Risk Transfers in Life Annuities and Pension Products: A Survey

Each insurance and pension product can be interpreted as a package of guarantees and options, which determine risk transfers between the insurer or annuity provider on the one hand, and the insured or annuitant on the other. We address life annuities and pensions, in particular looking at possible transfers / sharing of biometric risks, i.e. risks related to the annuitant's lifetime and health status.

First, we focus on various arrangements which aim at building the post-retirement income, and involve either the accumulation phase, or the payout phase, or both. Various products are available on financial and insurance markets, each product with a specific guarantee structure (Conventional Life Annuities either immediate or deferred, Variable annuities, withdrawal plans, etc.). We then shift to a range of specific annuity products, stressing the relevant features: Advanced Life Delayed Annuity (ALDA), Ruin Contingent Life Annuity (RCLA), Variable Annuities (VA).

Finally, we focus on some arrangements for the payout phase: the Life Annuity with a Guarantee Period, the Value-Protected Life Annuity (that is, with "capital protection"), the Life Care Annuity, possible packaging LTC annuity and ALDA, Progressive Annuitization schemes, the Longevity-linked life annuities.


Please feel free to contact Professor Pitacco directly to discuss.

2013 Keith Hancock Lecture by Scientia Professor John Piggott


CEPAR in conjunction with The Academy of The Social Sciences in Australia and UNSW, is pleased to present the 2013 Keith Hancock Lecture by Scientia Professor John Piggott, a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Population ageing has challenged the standard 20th century retirement income paradigm, which relies on ever-growing payrolls to finance retirees. These structures have become unsustainable in many countries, and public promises have not been kept.

In this lecture, the challenges of retirement income provision in an era of demographic ageing are explained, and alternative approaches to the financing and design of retirement incomes are explored. Research analysis will be combined with country experience to argue for a set of policies suitable for this new demographic environment.

Date: Mon, 2 September 2013

Time: 5.30-6.30pm

Location: John Niland Scientia Building, UNSW

The Australian National University will also host a presentation of Professor Piggotts Lecture.

Date: Thursday 5 September, 2013

Time: 5.50pm

Location: J.G. Crawford Building, The ANU

To view the slides from the lecture click here.


National Honours Colloquium 2013

CEPAR is proud to once again host a strand at this years National Honours Colloquium. The Australian School of Business will host and provide a forum for Honours students to discuss their thinking. The National Honours Colloquium provides an exceptional opportunity for a select number of Honours students from across Australia and New Zealand to present their research-in-progress to some of Australia's most prominent business academics.

When: 23rd August 2013

Where: Australian School of Business, UNSW, Sydney

For more information visit the website.

Canberra Centenarians. Statistics, Science and Stories of Living to 100 in the National Captial

As Canberra celebrates its Centenary, more residents of the national capital can look forward to celebrating their 100th birthday. The ACT Division of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) invites you to this Forum as its contribution to Canberra's Centenary. The Forum will showcase the latest research in population ageing and examine how the character of the national capital is changing as it ages. It will recognise Canberra's most long-lived citizens and raise awareness of how we can all age well.

When: 9am - 5pm, Friday 2nd August 2013.

Where: Barton Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU

To register visit the Australian Association of Gerontology website.

or for more information download the flyer.

CEPAR Conference 2013 and Industry Forum

 1st CEPAR International Conference 

Analysing Population Ageing: Multidisciplinary perspectives and innovation

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) was delighted to host its inaugural international conference.

When: 2-4 July 2013.

Where: University of New South Wales, Sydney.

Population ageing is a global phenomenon. While individual nations are at different stages in demographic transition, the trend for almost all is clear. The economic and social impact of demographic change is generating increasing research and policy attention. This conference will bring together leading academics, senior policymakers and practitioners to share new research and industry and policy perspectives on the dynamics of the ageing demographic. Fiscal, labour force, family, health, and financial questions will be discussed.


The conference included an INDUSTRY FORUM on  Age Friendly Business.   Featuring keynote addresses from:

George Savvides, Managing Director of Medibank Private and

Dr John Beard, Director, Department of Ageing and Life Course, World Health Organization

With a panel including:

Paul Clitheroe AM Director, ipac Securities
Robert Cumming Professor of Epidemiology and Geriatric Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Sydney
Heather Ridout AO Chair of AustralianSuper
Michael Sherris  Professor of Actuarial Studies, Associate Head of School and Director of Research, School of Risk and Actuarial, University of New South Wales
21st Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers

2013 marks the 21st anniversary of the annual colloquium of superannuation researchers. Contributed papers are invited on a wide range of topics relating to pensions and superannuation, retirement and the economic and financial implications of population ageing, including but not restricted to: 

  • Retirement saving decisions
  • Retirement saver knowledge and skills
  • Communication and disclosure of long term risks
  • Member engagement
  • Financial advice
  • Governance of superannuation and pension funds
  • The superannuation/pension industry
  • Investment strategies
  • Lifecycle behaviour
  • Annuities and retirement benefits
  • Addressing increasing longevity
  • Understanding and incorporating heath and aged care costs
  • Taxation
  • Regulation
  • Labour market issues
  • Retirement decisions
  • Demography
  • Subjective life expectancy
  • Achieving sustainable fiscal policy

When: 9-10th July 2013

Where: The University of New South Wales

For more information visit the website.

Age, wellbeing and inequality: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing

Whilst in Australia to attend the 1st CEPAR International Conference Partner Investigator James Nazroo will visit The Australian National University and present a public lecture on Age, wellbeing and inequality: Evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

Retirement from the workforce in industrialised societies has been seen as a transition into an economically dependent situation coupled with declines in social status and health. This focus on older people as dependent, however, neglects evidence of improvements in mental health in the period around retirement age, suggesting that for some, at least, the transition into a 'retired' status is a positive experience. Indeed, there is a growing recognition that Laslett's description of the 'Third Age' as post-work life characterised by opportunity, leisure and self-fulfilment, is a reality for many. This shift in focus from dependent to healthy and wealthy argentic older people, though, neglects both the complexity of retirement trajectories and the marked inequalities between older people. Intergenerational inequality - comparing the situation of older people with younger people - has been the focus of much work, but it is also appropriate to focus on inequalities within the older population.

When: Friday 5th July, 12:30 - 1:30

Where: Innovations Lecture Theatre, Innovations Building (124), Eggleston Rd, ANU

For more information visit the ANU wesbite

CEPAR-Zhejiang University Workshop in Population Ageing: Opportunities for Young Researchers

The Institute for Population and Development at Zhejiang University, in collaboration with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), based at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Australia, is hosting a 2 day workshop on population ageing, to take place at Zhejiang University.

It is designed to engage young researchers interested in the issue of population ageing, and who have an interest in collaborating with international, and especially Australian, researchers.

The workshop aims to investigate a broad range of issues, from time and money transfers among generations, government policy, intra-household allocation of resources, social security policy, mature labour force participation, health and aged formal and informal care, as well as demographics.

When: May 10-11 2013

Where: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou China


Canberra as an age-friendly city? New thinking and policy directions

The Age-Friendly Cities movement championed by the World Health Organisation offers a promising way ahead for improving the wellbeing of older people. The AFC approach normalises ageing experiences and recognises that quality urban environments can enable independence and participation by older people in their communities. Canberra is designated as an age friendly city. Yet how well does Canberra measure up to the ideals of the World Health Organisation? Have the legacies of Canberra as a planned city been realised to the benefit of older as well as younger people? What is the evidence on the successes and failures of our built environment and what are the challenges and achievable directions for the future? Who are the winners and losers? 

Hal Kendig is a sociologist and gerontologist who trained as an urban planner and worked in the 1980s in the ANU Urban Research Unit. He is a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). He has recently returned to the ANU from the University of Sydney where he led the ARC/NHMRC Research Network in Ageing Well and the Ageing, Work, and Health Research Unit in the Faculty of Health Sciences. He has written widely on health, social, and environmental aspects of ageing.

Barbara Squires is Head, Research and Advocacy for IRT (a community based provider of housing and care for older people) and former President of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

Kevin Vassarotti is a member of the ACT Council on Ageing Policy Council as well as a number of other advisory and professional bodies on Ageing.

When:  Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Where: The Australian National University

To Register: Visit the ANU Events Page


Aged Care Policy Dialogue

Australian aged care policy is on the brink of reform. The Australian Government recently announced a 10 year plan to reshape aged care. The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) and Crawford School are jointly presenting an Aged Care Policy Dialogue to canvass global developments in the area and their relevance to Australia. Two international experts will join a range of Australian politicians, policymakers, researchers and commentators to consider current and future challenges and opportunities for reform. 

Speakers included:

Dr Joshua Wiener, Program Director for Ageing, Disability and Long-Term Care, RTI International 

Dr José-Luis Fernández, London School of Economics

The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Mental Health and Ageing; Minister for Social Inclusion; Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Mental Health Reform

Mike Woods, Deputy Chairman, Productivity Commission; Australian Government Commissioner for Competitive Neutrality 

Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chair, Aged Care Reform Implementation Council; Chancellor, UWS

And our own CEPAR Investigators: Professor John Piggott, Professor Hal Kendig, Professor Kaarin Anstey, Professor Peter McDonald.  

11th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing - ERA


19-20 November 2012

The Greek Club, 29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane, Australia

The ERA 2012 conference organising committee warmly invite the submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations from PhD, Masters and Professional Doctoral students engaged in ageing-related research from any discipline.

The ERA conference is the only national conference in Australia focusing exclusively on the work of higher degree research students undertaking research in ageing across a range of disciplines. Now in its eleventh year, the conference presents a unique opportunity for higher degree research students to come together to share their research.

The benefits of participating in ERA 2012 include the opportunity to:

  • present your research findings to a diverse audience including students, academics, policy makers and practitioners;
  • publish your paper in peer reviewed conference proceedings;
  • meet prospective employers from the government, non-government and private sectors; and
  • network with other students from a wide range of disciplines conducting research in ageing.

The ERA conference is being held immediately prior to the Australian Association of Gerontology National Conference, which is also to be held in Brisbane, so it is a great opportunity to spend the week hearing about the latest research, networking and sharing your own work.

CPS Seminar by Professor Noriyuka Takayama


By Professor Noriyuka Takayama, Hitotsubashi University

13 September 2012, 12.00pm - 1.00pm                                                            John Goodsell, Room LG19, The University of New South Wales (Map)

Cost: This seminar is free and open to the public.

View the Seminar Slides

Public lecture by The Hon Susan Ryan AO

HEALTH SCIENCES AT SYDNEY IDEAS - 'The Challenges of an Extra Lifetime in the 21st Century: How do we prepare for living into our nineties?'

By The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission. Co-presented with The Ageing Work and Health Research Unit at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney.

Hosted by Professor Hal Kendig, Head of the Ageing, Work, and Health Research Unit

12 September 2012, 6.00pm - 7.30pm                                                          Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney (Map)

Cost: This lecture is free and open to the public.

Registration for this event is required. Please visit the Ideas Website for further details.

Contact: Sydney Ideas
T| 9351 2943
E| sydney.ideas@sydney.edu.au


The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is proud to present the 2012 CEPAR Honours Workshop.

The Workshop provides an exceptional opportunity for fourth year Honours students from universities across Australia and New Zealand to present their research-in-progress at this one day event to be held at the UNSW Kensington campus in Sydney on Friday 17 August 2012.

The event offers a unique opportunity for outstanding honours students to meet, discuss and share their research in a stimulating and supportive environment. Specialist academic staff will be available to provide constructive feedback and lead discussion.

Fourth year honours students undertaking research in the field of population ageing and enrolled in any of the following disciplines are invited to participate:  actuarial studies, demography, economics, health, organization and sociology.

 View the program


From "Benefits to "Guarantees": Looking at Life Insurance Products in a New Framework

By Professor Ermanno Pitacco, Faculty of Economics, University of Trieste, Italy.

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 3.30-4.30pm.

University of New South Wales, Australian School of Business Building, ASB Lounge, Level 6, West Wing.

Many modern insurance products are designed as packages, where items may be either included or not in the product actually purchased by the client. This lecture will explore a variety of packages and options and the wide range of "guarantees" and hence risks borne by the insurance company or pension fund. Professor Pitacco will discuss appropriate modelling tools needed for pricing and reserving, examining the progressive shift from expected present values, and their prominent role in life insurance (and pension) calculations, to more modern and complex approaches, like the Enterprise Risk Management based approach. The lecture will conclude with an examination of appropriate product design aimed at sharing risks between the insurer and the policyholders.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information DOWNLOAD BROCHURE >

Longevity Risk Workshop Hosted by PwC

Modelling longevity dynamics for superannuation, pensions and annuity business

Presented by Professor Annamaria Olivieri, University of Parma, and Professor Ermanno Pitacco, University of Trieste.                                                                                                                                 

6 July 2012, 8.30am to 5pm                                                    

PwC Darling Park Tower 2, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney


Click here for more information on the workshop topics >



A five day workshop for early career researchers

18-22 June 2012, the Australian National University, Canberra

CEPAR is proud to offer this five day workshop focused on key methodological issues associated with the analysis of longitudinal data in the social sciences.

Hosted by the Centre for Research in Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University, it is designed to help participants develop a number of skills useful in the study of developmental or other change-based processes including research conceptualization, research design, data analysis, results interpretation, and the presentation and critique of empirical research.

In addition to tackling general issues regarding the link between research questions and analytical methods, the course will survey intraindividual change and variability concepts and methods (e.g., growth curve modelling and extensions) and provide some introductory exposure to multilevel modelling frameworks. Computer Lab time will be used to orient participants to data manipulation, graphing, and analysis using the R program.


There are no specific prerequisites for this course. It is designed for advanced developmental students and others who are interested in how longitudinal methods can contribute to their scholarly interests and pursuits. A substantial level of expertise in statistics and data analytical procedures (e.g., multiple regression analysis) and interest in and access to an on-going research project with longitudinal data is a plus.

Workshop Schedule

View full day WORKSHOP SCHEDULE and further information  

Travel Bursaries

A number of travel bursaries valued at up to $750 will be offered to assist interstate participants with travel and accommodation expenses.


The workshop is strictly limited to thirty participants. Applications must be made on the prescribed APPLICATION FORM and submitted by 27 April 2012.


Participants will be selected on the basis of the relevance of the workshop to their career development. Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously had training in this area. PhD students are eligible to apply but preference may be given to Early Career Researchers (researchers who have completed a PhD in the last 5 years).


There is no charge for the workshop. The workshop is supported by funding provided to CEPAR by the Australian Research Council to support the training of Early Career Researchers.

Key Dates

19 March          Applications open

27 April            Applications close

11 May             Applicants notified of outcomes

18 -22 June     Workshop


Amy Brushwood (a.brushwood@unsw.edu.au)

Phone:+61 2 9931 9202     

Accommodation Options

Liversidge court apartments - http://accom.anu.edu.au/UAS/979/189.html

University House - http://www.anu.edu.au/unihouse/

Rydges Lakeside - http://www.rydges.com/hotel/RACANB/Rydges-Lakeside-Canberra.htm

Novotel Canberra - http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-2796-novotel-canberra/index.shtml

Diamante Hotel - http://www.8hotels.com/canberra-hotel/diamant-hotel/

Workshop Presenter: Dr Nilam Ram

Nilam Ram

Nilam Ram is an Assistant Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. He specialises in longitudinal research methodology, studying how short-term changes (e.g., processes such as learning, information processing, etc.) develop over the course of the lifespan and how intraindividual change and variability study designs (e.g., measurement bursts) might contribute to our knowledge base. Current projects include examinations of: age differences in short-term dynamics at the cognitive/affective/temperament interface; cyclic patterns in the day-to-day progression of emotions; and change in cognition and well-being over the lifespan, particularly in the oldest old. Working with intensive longitudinal data collected at multiple time-scales (hourly, daily, monthly, yearly), Nilam is developing a variety of multi-person extensions of intraindividual analytic methods and investigating how we can maintain a focus on the individual while still tackling issues of aggregation and generalisability. He looks forward to working with you.


A workshop for research students, early career researchers and practitioners.

Six sessions 2-4pm on Mondays: 16 April, 23 April, (no session on 30 April), 7 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, University of New South Wales, Sydney.

CEPAR will host this brief primer designed to cover the basic concepts underlying Continuous Time Modelling and Optimal Decisions.  This workshop series includes both lectures and exercises. It is designed for early career researchers, research students and industry participants who require foundation knowledge in the area.


Participants are required to have a reasonable probability and economic/finance background. The level of mathematics is not too rigorous and the emphasis is on the intuition and basic applications. It lays the foundation for a deeper study of more advanced texts and research articles.

Workshop Schedule

View full day WORKSHOP SCHEDULE  and further information 


Applications must be made on the prescribed APPLICATION FORM and submitted by Monday 2 April by email to a.brushwood@unsw.edu.au. Participant numbers are limited. Preference will be given to CEPAR affiliated applicants.


There is no charge for the workshop. The workshop is sponsored by CEPAR.

Key Dates

2 April         Applications close

 4 April         Applicants notified of outcomes

16 April       Workshop commences


Amy Brushwood (a.brushwood@unsw.edu.au )

Phone: +61 2 9931 9202    


For parking and maps of the UNSW campus please see MAP >

Workshop Presenter: Professor Michael Sherris

Professor Michael Sherris is a Chief Investigator in CEPAR. His research interests include longevity risk modelling and management. He has taught finance and investment courses to students and industry professionals since the mid 1980's.


Tuesday 24th April                   9.30am-12.30pm

Assembly Hall, University of Sydney Old Law School, 173-175 Phillip St, Sydney

Cost: Free.

Hosted by Australian Association of Gerontology (NSW), Hunter Medical Research Institute Public Health, University of Sydney CEPAR and Sax Institute.

With special guest CEPAR Partner Investigator  Professor Carol Jagger, from the Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Prof Jagger will be presenting Healthy Active Ageing - prospects for the future drawing on a number of longitudinal and epidemiological studies.

Two other presenters include CEPAR Chief Investigator, Professor Hal Kendig, and CEPAR Associate Investigator, Professor Julie Byles.


Public Lecture by Professor Emily Grundy London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Friday 17 February 2012, 3.30-4.30pm

UNSW, ASB Building, ASB Lounge, Level 6, West Wing

Later Life Health and Wellbeing in Ageing Populations: European Perspectives

Europe is the world region in which population ageing is most advanced and debates about the implications, for older people themselves and society as a whole are fierce. One source of concern is the perception that family support for older people may be in decline just at the point at which it is needed most. In this presentation Emily Grundy will firstly present results from UK and European research on demographic and other influences on intergenerational support, including kin availability. She will then consider how individual family life course trajectories, namely fertility and marital histories, influence later life health and well-being. Finally she will discuss implications for the future.

Emily Grundy is a Distinguished Visitor to the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR). She has worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine since 1998 where she is Professor of Demographic Gerontology. Previously she worked at the Institute of Gerontology, King's College London, where she played a large role in setting up the first UK multidisciplinary MSc course in Gerontology. In May 2012 she takes up a new appointment as the first Professor of Demography at Cambridge University, U.K.

Emily has published over 200 research papers, book chapters and books. She is past president of the British Society for Population Studies, Secretary-General and Treasurer of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population and a member of a number of European and UK scientific advisory and editorial boards.

Presented by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, UNSW, Australian School of Business



Enquiries and RSVP

Amy Brushwood a.brushwood@unsw.edu.au

T 02 9931 9202

This lecture is free and open to the public

Summer Workshop in Health Economics
The Australian School of Business and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research will host the ninth annual Centre for Applied Economic Research Summer Workshop in Health Economics.

As Australia's population ages the pressure on our health system is increasing. Maintaining viable public and private health care systems is crucial to meeting the growing demand, but what impact does the Medicare Levy Surcharge have on private health insurance rates?

The effect of the Medicare Levy Surcharge on private health insurance is one of the key issues that will be debated by leading health economic researchers at the upcoming conference.

The CAER Summer Workshop in Health Economics will be held at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Coogee on 2nd and 3rd February 2012. It is a diverse program featuring the latest research from seven universities across Australia as well as industry groups.

CEPAR Director, Professor John Piggott, says the two-day workshop is an opportunity for participants to find out about new research on a range of topics, including the health benefits of marriage, the effects of alcohol availability on mortality, the economic legacy of childhood health and the life-cycle effects of health risk.


Researching Ageing Transitions
24-25 November 2011, the University of New South Wales, Sydney

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research is proud to host the 2011 Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference. This is the only national conference in Australia focusing exclusively on the work of higher degree research students undertaking research in ageing across a range of disciplines. Now in its tenth year, the conference presents a unique opportunity for higher degree research students to come together to share their research.

View Event ProgramPDF



Registration fees are as follows:

Registration fee includes participation in one of the pre-conference workshops (please note, places will be limited so the workshops will be filled in order of registration) plus the welcome reception on 24 November and access to all conference sessions plus lunch and morning and afternoon tea on 25 November.


Conference prizes
Prizes will be awarded for best presentation and best poster at the conference, as well as the Helen Bartlett Prize for Innovation in Ageing Research.


Pre-conference workshops

Two workshops will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 24 November. The workshops will run from 1.30-5.30pm, with a light lunch provided from 1.00pm. The workshop topics are as follows:


Writing and reviewing for publication

Presented by the Editorial Board of the Australasian Journal on Ageing (please note that submission of a full paper is a pre-requisite for attendance at this workshop, and numbers will be strictly limited).


Funding your research: Applying for grants

Presented by the ERA Steering Committee with support from local experts (this workshop will cover standard ARC and NHMRC options but will also feature expert advice on obtaining funding from philanthropic sources).


Key dates

18 Nov
Registrations close
24 Nov


  • Pre-conference workshops
  • Venue: John Niland Scientia Building (map grid G19)


  • Welcome reception
  • Venue: Australian School of Business (ASB) Lounge, Level 6 ASB Building (map grid E12)
25 Nov


  • ERA Conference
  • Venue: John Niland Scientia Building (map grid G19)




For conference accomodation options and maps of Kensington campus please see the related information on the right.

For more information about Emerging Researchers in Ageing Australia visit the Emerging Researchers in Ageing website.

Who reaches the top? Wealth mobility over the life cycle

Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Date: Thursday, 10 November
Location: ASB216
Speaker: Henry Ohlsson, Uppsala University

The seminar will be followed by drinks and canapes in the ASB lounge. Please send your RSVP for catering purposes to Amy Brushwood ( a.brushwood@unsw.edu.au ) by midday Monday, 7 November.



Who becomes wealthy? Who stays wealthy? And who will always remain poor? This paper presents empirical estimates of dynamic household movements into and out of the top percents of the wealth distribution over individual household life cycles.

The opportunities to accumulate wealth create incentives for education, work effort, and entrepreneurship. We would expect considerable wealth mobility if these incentives are strong and affect behaviour. We calculate wealth mobility among the country's rich. The data are from an administrative Swedish source that retains wealth information from tax registers. The data are unique in that they follow a large sample of households over the period of almost 40 years, recording annual observations.

There is substantial movement into and out of this group when we follow individual households over long enough time spans. We find that wealth mobility increased until the end of the 1980s and then started to decrease.


PwC Longevity Workshop, October 2011

This workshop, hosted by PwC, featured CEPAR investigators Mike Sherris and Katja Hanewald, along with PwC Associate Chao Qiao, presented new research on longevity insurance and products. A Panel discussion, chaired by John Piggott, included presentations by Wayne Brazel (AMP), Catherine Nance (PwC) and Phil Gallagher (Australian Treasury), all CEPAR Partner Organisations, together with Martin Stevenson (Mercer and International Actuarial Association), David Cox (Challenger) and Barry Rafe (Institute of Actuaries Australia).

The workshop clearly pointed to the need for further product development in the longevity insurance space.

Event program >

 Pw C-workshop

Demography and Longevity Workshop

25-26 July, 2011

Longevity is improving through much of the world and has been doing so for several centuries. Various disciplines study the causal factors behind this trend, but rarely meet together. The inaugural workshop hosted by the ARC Centre for Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) brought actuaries, demographers, geographers, sociologists, economists and health researchers together to compare approaches and share research findings.

They joined industry professionals to discuss both methodological approaches and data challenges in analysing longevity from a demographic standpoint. International speakers included David McCarthy from Imperial College London, Annamaria Olivieri from the University of Parma and Nikola Sander from the Vienna Institute of Demography.

Topics were diverse, and examined issues such as the effects of population ageing on GDP per capita; life style, health, and socio-demographic predictors of survival and ageing well; retirement migration of Australian baby boomers; the heterogeneity of Australian population mortality and implications for a viable life annuity market; and ageing, cognition and dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, as well as papers on methodology. 

'The workshop was designed to bridge disciplinary boundaries to strengthen the foundations of analysis of longevity trends,' CEPAR's Director, Professor John Piggott, said 'We have a long way to go to arrive at a unified view of longevity futures, but this workshop demonstrated the future potential of this research endeavour. Government and industry participants added an operational perspective which kept discussion well grounded.'

This is the first in a series of workshops hosted by CEPAR to improve knowledge and understanding across the disciplines germane to population ageing.


Related documents

> Event program

> Presenters abstracts and biographies


Presentation slides

> Christopher Poulos

> Tom Wilson

> Rachelle Arkles

> Hamish Robertson

> Nikola Sander

> Hal Kendig & Colette Browning

> Joelle Fong

> Michael Sherris

> David McCarthy

> Daniel Alai

> Annamaria Olivieri

> Peter McDonald

> Katja Hanewald

Presentation by Professor James Feigenbaum

Professor James Feigenbaum from Utah State University will be visiting and giving a talk at UNSW, funded by CEPAR. James' main research areas are in macroeconomics with a variety of other interests including lifecycle models, finance and econophysics. He is also the associate editor of the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control.  

Paper title: Reforming Estate Taxation by Reversing the Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax

Date: 25th July (Wed)

Time: 3:30pm-5:00pm

Location: Quad 2063

Host: George Kudrna (CEPAR), Stanley Cho


Previous work on estate taxes has largely ignored the effects of the rates that depend on the age of heirs, although the existing U.S code through its Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax levies a higher tax on estates passed directly to grandchildren when children are still alive. Using a two-period overlapping-generations model, we examine how steady-state welfare varies as a function of the estate tax rates imposed on young vs old heirs. Contrary to the existing code, we find that welfare is significantly improved, on account of a higher present value of lifetime income, if the tax rate paid by young heirs is set to zero while a very high tax is imposed on old heirs.

Seminar by Professor Zvi Eckstein

Professor Zvi Eckstein (Professor of Economics at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) and Tel-Aviv University) works in the fields of Labour Economics, Monetary and Macro Economics, Jewish Economic History and Israeli Economy. He has an extensive publication record. His articles were published in leading economic journals, including Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy and American Economic Review. He also served as Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel. Further information about Professor Eckstein can be found on his website at http://www.tau.ac.il/~eckstein/

Paper title:  Household Interaction and the Labour Supply of Married Women

Date and Time: Friday 3rd of August from 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Location: Australian School of Business, ASB Lounge, ASB Building, West Wing, Level 6

The seminar will be followed by drinks and canapes in the business lounge. Please email your RSVP for catering purposes to Amy Brushwood (a.brushwood@unsw.edu.au) by Wednesday 1st of August.

Changes in employment at older ages in Australia: Trends and differentials

CEPAR's Deputy Director, Professor Peter McDonald uses results from the 2006 and 2011 Censuses of Australia to examine changes in employment rates at older ages (55 years and over). Older age employment increased considerably during this period and the increases were widespread across a range of characteristics. He also examines changes in population composition and concludes that the composition of the population is shifting in the direction that leads to higher employment rates in the future. Continuation of employment varies by personal characteristics but also varies considerably by occupation and industry. When governments are encouraging employment at older ages, it is surprising that government itself is one of the worst performers in relation to continuation of employment. The results are presented in the context of the ageing of the Australian population, especially the retirement of the baby boom generation and its affects upon the economy.

Date and time: Fri, 24th May 2013 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Presenter: Professor Peter McDonald.

Location: Seminar Room A, Coombs Building, Fellows Road, The Australian National University. 

Carol Jagger Public Lecture

Pathways of health in the very old: Lessons for health and care practice and policy

The population aged 85 years and over are the fastest growing section of our populations in most countries and in the UK their numbers are set to double over the next 20 years. Despite this we still have little in-depth knowledge to inform planning for their health and care needs. The Newcastle 85+ Study is a unique longitudinal study of over 1000 people born in 1921 and aged 85 years at first interview. The uniqueness of this study is its coverage of the full spectrum of health, including biological, psychological, physical and social functioning. This presentation will report some of the latest findings on health and functioning patterns and trajectories with an emphasis on those that challenge not only current beliefs about the very old but also how current health care is configured.

When: 11.00am - 12.00pm, Friday 13 December, 2013

Where: Innovations Lecture Theatre, Innovations building (124), Eggleston Road, ANU

RSVP: Please register here

Jean-Marie Robine Public Lecture

Emerging international trends in mortality and longevity

The most developed countries with  low mortality  (i.e. the well-established market economies  of Australia, Japan, North America, and Western Europe), whose life expectancies (LE) at birth or at age 65 were strongly converging since the end of the Second World, entered an unexpected phase of divergence in the 1970s. For about twenty years, between roughly 1975 and 1995, gaps have widened between Japan -where LE kept its previous pace of increase- and Denmark -where LE almost stopped increasing-, and between France -where LE also kept its previous pace of increase although slower than in Japan- and the United States of America (USA) or the Netherlands -where the increase in LE notably slowed down. Even if all these countries have continued identical parallel increasing paths since the middle of the 1990s, the significant gaps built up during this period of divergence still remain. Moreover, LE for females in Japan has increased even more, creating a new divergence between Japan and the rest of the low mortality countries. In 2007, female LE at age 65 reached 19.1 years in Denmark, 20.2 years in the USA, 22.5 years in France and 23.6 years in Japan. This presentation will demonstrate how these gaps in LE at age 65 or in old age mortality explain the significant variation observed among  low mortality countries when studying the main longevity characteristics of their populations:  adult modal age at death or dispersion of adult life durations around it, the occurrence of compression of mortality or, conversely,  of shifting mortality, and the rate of increase in the very old: nonagenarians, centenarians and supercentenarians.

When: 2.00 - 3.00pm, Friday 13 December, 2013

Where: Innovations Lecture Theatre, Innovations building (124), Eggleston Road, ANU

RSVP: Please contact Trina Merrell

The eighth Sadli lecture in Economic Policy

The demography of Indonesia in comparative perspective

By Professor Peter McDonald, Deputy Director, CEPAR, Crawford School of Public Policy ANU

Having reduced its fertility rate over the past 40 years, Indonesia has reached a new demographic crossroad. Its fertility rate is now around 2.5 births per woman, which, if sustained, would add substantial numbers to Indonesia's population in the future. There are concerns within Indonesia that the present level of population growth is an obstacle to continued economic development and, accordingly, that fertility should be reduced to the replacement level of 2.1 births per woman as soon as possible. Yet a comparative perspective indicates that countries such as Singapore, Japan, and Thailand are concerned about the effects that their very low rates of fertility are having on their labour forces and their rates of population ageing. With the right policy settings Indonesia can avoid this outcome yet continue to reduce its fertility. The Public Lecture discusses the implications of Indonesia's population growth and distribution for its economy, as well as the poor quality of demographic data.


Hearing Loss in Adults: A public health perspective


by Frank Lin MD PhD,

Departments of Otolaryngology-HNS, Geriatric Medicine, Mental Health, and Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

WEDNESDAY 7 May 2014 11am-12pm

Innovations Lecture TheatreInnovations building (124), Eggleston Road, ANU

Age-related hearing loss in older adults is often perceived as being an unfortunate but relatively inconsequential part of aging. However, the broader implications of hearing loss for the health and functioning of older adults are now beginning to surface in epidemiologic studies. I will discuss recent epidemiologic research demonstrating that hearing loss is independently associated with accelerated cognitive decline, incident dementia, and poorer physical functioning. Results from analyses of several large epidemiologic datasets including the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys, the Health Aging and Body Composition Study, and the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging will be presented. Current and planned studies to investigate the impact of hearing rehabilitative interventions on reducing cognitive decline and the risk of dementia in older adults will be discussed. Finally, I will provide some thoughts on future trends in addressing hearing loss as a public health problem.

REGISTER: email Trina.Merrell@anu.edu.au


COTA NSW Parliamentary Forum

Paying the Price: Women, Work and Care


Many women spend considerable periods out of the workforce as unpaid carers,  and approach retirement with less super and fewer savings than their male peers.  Research indicates they increasingly risk homelessness upon retirement.  COTA NSW invites you to attend this Parliamentary Forum to explore how to  ensure Australian women enjoy a more secure older age.


Opened by Minister for Ageing the Hon. John Ajaka, featuring addresses by:

• Ben Spies-Butcher, Macquarie University

• Felicity Reynolds, Mercy Foundation

• Helen Conway, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

• Jane Counsel, Westpac

• Alison Aggarwal, Australian Human Rights Commission

Rafal Chomik, Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, UNSW


Time: 9:30am - 1:00pm

Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014

Venue: Theatrette, State Parliament House, 6 Macquarie St Sydney 2000


RSVP BY: Tuesday 20 May 2014

To register click here

Healthy Life Expectancy from Longitudinal Data: Understanding how Health and Mortality Evolve

A three day workshop for early career researchers

17-19 June 2014, the Australian National University, Canberra


The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is proud to offer this three day workshop for early career researchers hosted by the Centre for Research in Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University.

Healthy life expectancy is becoming an important tool to monitor population health. Whilst such indicators based on cross-sectional data and the Sullivan method  have their place for monitoring trends and cross-national comparisons, healthy life expectancies from longitudinal data allow a much richer understanding of the transitions between the states of health, ill-health and death. In addition longitudinal methods for healthy life expectancy, unlike the Sullivan method,  allow the inclusion of covariates, both to adjust for key confounders and to calculate healthy life expectancy for specific groups, for instance by level of education. Through lectures and practicals, this workshop will provide the fundamental tools to:

  • understand the benefits of health expectancies from longitudinal data
  • appreciate the different longitudinal study designs and their implications for calculating health expectancies from them
  • understand how to calculate health expectancies from longitudinal data using two software packages, the interpretation of their output and their respective strengths and limitations

Although an example dataset will be provided for participants to work with, they are encouraged to bring their own data and research questions.

Workshop Presenters 

Professor Carol Jagger (Newcastle University, UK)

Mr Andrew Kingston (Newcastle University, UK)


Annabella McHugh (annabella.mchugh@unsw.edu.au)

Phone: +61 2 9931 9202     

Joseph E. Stiglitz - The global financial crisis: where are we now and what can be done about it?

CEPAR is excited to present a rare opportunity to hear Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz at UNSW

Professor Joseph Stiglitz is visiting from Columbia University, and will give a public lecture at UNSW on the Global Financial Crisis, and its impact on the future of the world's economy.

Professor Stiglitz is a Professor at Columbia University in New York, where he is a member and former chair of its Committee on Global Thought. A former Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, he also chairs the University of Manchester's Brooks World Poverty Institute. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2001. In 2011 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Professor Stiglitz is in Australia as a guest of the Economic Society of Australia, sponsored by the Crawford School of Public Policy at the ANU.

When:   Monday 7 July, 2014. Registration opens at 6:00pm

             Lecture 6:30 - 8:00pm

Where: The Sir John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW Kensington (reference C24 on campus map)

The lecture will be live streamed here.

22nd Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers

The 22nd Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers, to be held July 7 and 8 2014 at the University of New South Wales, will feature Chris Cuffe, Chair of Unisuper and Olivia S. Mitchell, Director of Wharton's Pension Research Council, among a range of prominent academic, government and industry speakers.

The Colloquium, now co-hosted by CEPAR and the ASB's School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, is a unique annual event, bringing together academics, government and industry to discuss and debate the most important pension and superannuation issues. It will combine keynotes and plenary sessions with concurrent contributed papers.

To see the final program click here

For further enquiries please contact:

Annabella McHugh (annabella.mchugh@unsw.edu.au)

Phone: +61 2 9385 6617



National Honours Colloquium 2014

The Australian School of Business at UNSW, is proud to present the National Honours Colloquium 2014. Once again CEPAR will be hosting a stream on Population Ageing for Honours students whose focus is on this area.

Honours students from across Australia and New Zealand are encouraged to participate and we appreciate your efforts in promoting the program to your students.

The Colloquium is an opportunity for talented students to present their Honours research and receive feedback from a range of academics and business leaders.

Approximately 40 of the most outstanding Honours students will be chosen across the disciplines of Accounting, Banking & Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management,Population Ageing and Risk & Actuarial Studies.

Students may apply directly online, however Heads of School or Honours Coordinators will be contacted to endorse any applications received before final selections are made.

When:Friday 15 August 2014

Where:Scientia Building, UNSW, Kensington Campus, Sydney

For more information on the National Honours Colloquium format click here



ASSA Symposium: Population Ageing and Australia's Future

CEPAR is proud to be collaborating with the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, to present the 2014 ASSA Symposium on Population Ageing and Australia's Future.

The 2014 symposium provides an opportunity to lead critical thinking and bring new research to address the issue of an ageing population. The symposium is an opportunity to bring together leading Australian and international experts in the field, to discuss the issues and consequences of social ageing.

When: Tuesday November 11, 2014

Where: Shine Dome, 15 Gordon Street, Acton, ACT

For more information click here

CEPAR & CESifo Workshops: Pension Taxation, Population Ageing, and Globalisation

CEPAR has joined with CESifo to hold the pension taxation, population ageing and globalisation workshops in Sydney. This initial workshop will be followed by a specialised conference to be held in Munich on the 3 - 4 September, 2015.

The workshop aims to outline a suggested structure of a research project on the taxation of pensions in a world of rising life expectancy and low fertility rates, and increasing international mobility of workforce and capital.

The objective of the project and the staging of the proposed two interrelated workshops is to explore the issues associated with pension taxation and population ageing, and their inter-relationship, and to publish the results in journal or book form in order to inform the economic community and to stimulate further research.

When: 17 - 18 November 2014

Where: UNSW

Submission: Closed


Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference 2014
CEPAR is the proud sponsor of the annual Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) conference. The Flinders University Centre for Ageing Studies will join with the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre at the University of Adelaide to host the 13th National Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference in 2014. 
The theme for this year's conference is 'Making Research Matter'. The keynote presentation will be given by Professor Kaarin Anstey, the Director of the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University.
When: 24th and 25th of November, 2014.
Where: The Flinders University city campus, Victoria Square, Adelaide, South Australia.
For more information click here


Go8 - C9 Graduate Research Forum - Global Challenges of Ageing Populations: Graduate Perspectives from China and Australia

CEPAR is honoured to be co-hosting the annual Go8-C9 Graduate Research Forum, to be held at UNSW this year.

The G08-C9 Forum will bring together 34 doctoral candidates from China and Australia to exchange ideas across disciplines on key global challenges relating to ageing populations. The purpose of the Forum is to strengthen ties between Go8 and C9 universities, facilitate collaboration and promote professional connections between researchers.

The theme this year is: Global Challenges of Ageing Populations in the 21st Century.

Perspectives from different disciplines that may be submitted include:

  • science, technology, engineering and medicine
  • finance, economics, business and law
  • humanities and social sciences
  • fine arts and performance

When: 1 - 5 December, 2014

Where: UNSW, Kensington Campus, Sydney

All UNSW applicants please contact Simon Kalucy (s.kalucy@unsw.edu.au)

For more information click here

CEPAR Long Term care and Longevity Insurance Workshop

CEPAR is proud to be co-hosting the Long Term Care and Longevity Insurance Workshop alongside PwC.This workshop presents and explores aspects of long term care and longevity insurance with an emphasis on the actuarial, economic and financial mathematics aspects of these forms of insurance.

Long term care insurance is considered from the perspectives of contract policy design, pricing and capital requirements. Longevity insurance topics focus on variable annuities in the context of defined ambition pension schemes and the technical basis for pricing variable annuity guarantees as rider benefits particularly those for products with multiple asset classes.

The workshop is designed for researchers and practitioners involved with the technical basis of these insurance contracts, research students in economics, actuarial studies, finance and mathematics wanting to gain deeper understanding of the modelling of risks in these insurance contracts and some of the practical aspects arising from this for insurance policy design, risk modelling and management.

The keynote talk will be given by Ermanno Pitacco, a Professor of Actuarial Mathematics in the Faculty of Economics, University of Trieste and Academic Director of the Master in Insurance and Risk Management at the MIB School of Management of Trieste.


When: 10 December, 2014

Where: PwC Sydney Office, Darling park Tower 2, 201 Sussex Street, Sydney

To view the draft program, please click here


CEPAR Summer Workshop in the Economics of Health and Ageing

CEPAR is proud to be co-hosting the 12th Summer Workshop organized by the CAER Health Economics Group at UNSW.

We are very pleased to announce the following confirmed speakers:
Elena Capatina (CEPAR, University of New South Wales)      
Stephen Goodall (CHERE, University of Technology Sydney)

Ben Greiner (University of New South Wales)

Megan Gu (University of Technology Sydney)

Jane Hall (CHERE, University of Technology Sydney)

Michael Shields (CHE, Monash University)

Peter Sivey (La Trobe University)        


When: Friday, 30 January 2015

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel in Coogee


To view the program please click here


If you would like to attend, please contact Isabella Dobrescu  (dobrescu@unsw.edu.au).

The 4th ANU-DPU Conference with CEPAR: The Labour Market, Migration and Ageing

CEPAR is delighted to be collaborating with the Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU) to present the 4th ANU-DPU Conference, held in Bangkok. The 4th ANU-DPU Conference will bring together international experts in labour economics, migration and ageing.

Keynote Speakers:

  • David Card. Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • Peter McDonald. Professor of Demography in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University, and Chief Investigator of Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).
  • John Piggott. Scientia Professor of Economics and Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), University of New South Wales, Australia.


Where: Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU), Bangkok, Thailand

When: 26-27 February 2015


To view the program click here


We can do Better: Helping people with Dementia and Their Families Live at Home with Quality of Life

CEPAR is proud to be sponsoring the research presentation by Dr Laura Gitlin titled, "We can do better: Helping People with Dementia and Their Families Live at Home with Quality of Life."

Laura N. Gitlin, an applied research sociologist, is professor in the Department of Community Public Health, School of Nursing with joint appointments in Department of Psychiatry and Division of Geriatric Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. She is also the founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Hopkins which is transforming health care delivery and the health and wellbeing of older adults and their families through rigorous research, trainings of health and human service professionals in evidence-based interventions and models of care, and translation and implementation of proven interventions in service delivery settings.

Where: Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, 75 East St, Lidcombe

When: Wednesday 25 March, 3:30 - 4:30pm

RSVP essential, please click here 

To view event flyer, please click here

Public Forum: Interpreting the Intergenerational Report

CEPAR is proud to present a Public Forum on the 2015 Intergenerational Report on Wednesday 8th April, from 9.00am-12.30pm at the Shine Dome in Canberra. The aim of the forum is to improve public understanding and stimulate community discussion about the potential impact of population ageing on economic growth, workforce and public finances in Australia over the next 40 years. 

Speakers will include:

  • The Hon. Joe Hockey MP, Treasurer
  • Professor Peter McDonald, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and CEPAR Chief Investigator
  • Professor Hazel Bateman, School of Risk and Actuarial Studies, UNSW and CEPAR Associate Investigator
  • Professor Hal Kendig, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing, Australian National University and CEPAR Chief Investigator
  • Professor Peter Whiteford, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University and CEPAR Associate Investigator
  • Craig Dunn, Panel Member, Financial System Inquiry, former CEO, AMP
  • Professor Philip Clarke, Melbourne, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne

The full program can be found here.

This is a free event but registration is essential.

To register to attend click here.

If you need any further information you can download the event flyer or please feel free to contact CEPAR directly.

2015 Student Research Fair

Event Details

The Student Research Fair took place on Monday 28 September 2015, 9.00am - 4.30pm at The Place, UNSW Business School, Building E12, Kensington Campus, UNSW.

The fair was aimed at undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in research and provided students with the opportunity to talk to some of our CEPAR Research Fellows and Professional Staff about our various programs and student opportunities.

For further details about the Fair can be found on the Student Fair event page Here.

23rd Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers

The 23rd Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers was held on the 6 - 7 July 2015 at UNSW Australia.

The Colloquium, co-hosted by CEPAR and Risk and Actuarial Studies in the UNSW Business School, is a unique annual event, bringing together academics, government and industry to discuss and debate the most important pension and superannuation issues.

It combined keynotes and plenary sessions with concurrent contributed papers.

Featured speakers included:

Professor Olivia S. Mitchell, Executive Director Pension Research Council, The Wharton School

Professor Paul Secunda, Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee USA, Chairman of the Department of Labor's ERISA (employee benefits law) Advisory Council

Dr Jim Minifie, Productivity Growth Program Director, Grattan Institute

Jeremy Cooper, Chairman, Retirement Income, Challenger Ltd

Presentations from this years colloquium are available here for and the program is available here download.

2015 APRU Ageing in the Asia-Pacific Research Symposium

Hosted by UNSW Australia and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), this event was held from 27 - 29 September 2015 and comprised keynote lectures and contributed papers.

Keynote presenters included:

  • James P. Smith, Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies RAND Corporation
  • Henry Brodaty, Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW
  • Philip O'Keefe, Lead Economist Human Development, Asia Pacific, The World Bank

Presentation slides and full papers are available here.

For any slides or papers not published here please contact the presenter directly.

Public Lecture

Neighborhood characteristics predict health and cognitive function in older adults

CEPAR and the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing host a public lecture by

Amber Watts, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Kansas

Neighborhood characteristics such as walkability may be important to health promotion efforts in older adults. My colleagues and I evaluated the role of neighborhood characteristics on metabolic function, cognitive function, and cognitive decline over a 2-year period in older adults with and without mild Alzheimer’s disease.

In particular, we evaluated neighborhood integration and connectivity using geographical information systems data and space syntax analysis. We found that these neighborhood characteristics were associated with metabolic function, cognitive function and decline in different ways for individuals with and without Alzheimer’s.

Clearer definitions of specific neighborhood characteristics associated with walkability are needed to better understand the mechanisms by which neighborhoods may impact metabolic and cognitive outcomes. Our results have implications for measuring neighborhood characteristics, design and maintenance of living spaces, and interventions to increase walking among older adults.

When: Friday 30 October, 12-1pm

Where: Bob Douglas Lecture Thearure, Building 62A, Eggleston Road, ANU

RSVP: Contact Sarang Kim (sarang.kim@anu.edu.au)


ABC and D: Ageing, Blood Pressure, Calcium Channel Blockers and Dementia

CEPAR and the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing host a public lecture by

Dr Ruth Peters, Imperial College London

The evidence base for the treatment of hypertension in older adults has been strengthened over recent years, however, controversies remain with regard to goal blood pressure and antihypertensive type. Furthermore, in older adults, cognitive function is an increasingly important outcome alongside cardiovascular benefit and, ideal treatment strategies may differ for different outcomes. Dr Peters will present the accruing evidence base for older adults and for calcium channel blockers, one of the candidate antihypertensive classes that are currently coming to the fore in this area. Ruth Peters is interested in risk and protective factors for dementia and has published several systematic reviews and meta-analyses in this area.

For more than 10 years until 2010 she was involved with the Hypertension in the Very Elderly Trial (HYVET) and led the cognitive function aspects of this, specifically looking at the impact of blood pressure lowering on cognitive and dementia outcomes in those aged 80 and over. The HYVET trial published its main results and those for the cognitive function and dementia outcomes in 2008 and went on to change guidelines in the treatment of hypertension. She currently holds an NIHR fellowship and is based at Imperial College London within their clinical trial unit and continues to focus on ways to
ameliorate risk of dementia.

When: Friday 20 November, 12-1pm

Where: Bob Douglas Lecture Thearure, Building 62A, Eggleston Road, ANU

RSVP: Contact Erin Walsh (erin.walsh@anu.edu.au)


Workshop on Emerging Economies

CEPAR and the School of Economics, UNSW Australia is hosting a Workshop on Emerging Economies (WEE).

Professor Dilip Mookerjee from Boston University will be the plenary speaker and participants include visitors from China, Singapore, Spain, and the US, as well as from Australian universities.

The workshop will be held on November 23-24 (Monday to Tuesday) in the UNSW Business School building.

 To view the program and schedule of events as well as registration form please click here

Workshop: Retirement Income Modelling

CEPAR organised a full day workshop on Retirement Income Modelling on 9 December 2015.  Abstracts of presented papers are available. 

14th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing
CEPAR is the proud sponsor of the annual Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA) conference. This year's conference will be hosted by the National Ageing Research Institute in Melbourne.
The theme for this year's conference is 'Bringing Research to Life'.  It will feature a Rapid Fire Presentation competition to showcase research in 5 minutes!
When: 7th and 8th December, 2015
Where: National Ageing Research Institute Melbourne, Victoria.
For more information click here
Long-term effects of work and employment conditions on health and well-being in later life: results from SHARE and ELSA

CEPAR and the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing host a public lecture by

Dr Morten Wahrendorf, University Dusseldorf

There is increasing recognition that health and wellbeing in older age is influenced by conditions at earlier stages of the life course. However, few studies enable us to address life course influence in detail. In this presentation we use life history data collected retrospectively among older men and women in Europe, and illustrate the value and the opportunities the data offers for greater understanding of health and wellbeing in later life. Specifically we study the links between work and employment conditions, and health in later life, using data collected in two European studies on ageing across 14 countries: the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing (ELSA), and the Survey of Health Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). The work and employment conditions of respondents are measured in terms of specific characteristics of their working careers, e.g. stressful work or episodes of unemployment.  We also make use of sequence analysis to summarise entire careers into specific types of employment history, e.g. fragmented histories vs continuous employment. Our results illustrate clear differences in employment histories between men and women, and between the countries studied. Furthermore, we find consistent associations between stressful conditions and/or types of employment histories on health in later life, particularly in cases of unstable and fragmented working careers for men. This highlights the importance of continuous employment for health and well-being in later life, and on the need for refined and comprehensive measures of life course circumstances if we are to shed more light on the development of health and wellbeing in later life.

Morten Wahrendorf is a senior researcher at the Centre for Health and Society, University Dusseldorf, Germany. He is a sociologist with substantial expertise in research methodology and statistics. His main research areas are work stress, health inequalities, life course epidemiology, data visualization, comparative welfare research and ageing

When: Tuesday 15 December, 12-1pm

Where: Bob Douglas Lecture Thearure, Building 62A, Eggleston Road, ANU

RSVP: Contact Erin Walsh (erin.walsh@anu.edu.au)

CEPAR Workshop on the Economics of Health and Ageing

A CEPAR Workshop on the Economics of Health and Ageing will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Coogee on Monday 8  February  2016.

The theme is 'Big data and the data deluge', chosen to reflect the opportunities available to those working in health and ageing to access massive data sets but also to reflect the increasing variety of data sources and the dramatically decreasing costs to generate data tailored to particular research.

Confirmed speakers are

  • Bianca Bonollo (CEPAR, University of New South Wales)            
  • Lisa Cameron (University of Melbourne)
  • Denzil Fiebig (University of New South Wales)
  • Nathan Kettlewell (University of New South Wales)
  • Peter Siminski (University of Wollongong)
  • Marian Vidal-Fernandez (University of Sydney)
  • Yongsay Yong (University of Melbourne)

Detailed program available here. 

Please indicate intention to attend by contacting the co-organizer Dr Isabella Dobrescu at dobrescu@unsw.edu.au 

This is the 13th Summer Workshop organized by the CAER Health Economics Group at UNSW and is possible because of the  generous support of CAER, the Centre for Research Excellence in Finance and Economics-Primary Health Care (REFinE-PHC) and the UNSW Business School through the Strategy 2020 Network on “Big Data Modelling for Policy Evaluation”.

Advances in Dementia the Latest Science

CEPAR is excited to co-sponsor this seminar with Alzheimer's Australia and the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing (CRAHW), ANU as part of Brain Awareness Week 2016.

Date: 16 March 2016

Time: 10.00am -12.00pm

Location: Federal Golf Club, Gowrie Dr, Red Hill ACT

For more information on the program and how to book a place download the seminar flyer.


Research Challenges for Global Pensions: Trends and Heterogeneity

On June 8 2016 CEPAR, in collaboration with the Pension Research Council, Netspar and the OECD, will convene a conference on Pensions.

The conference will be held at the OECD headquarters in Paris and will feature a keynote address by CEPAR Partner Investigator Professor James Nazroo, University of Manchester titled “Aging, Frailty and Wellbeing: Trends, Inequality, and Implications for Policy”. There will also be two sessions on Pensions and a roundtable.

A full program and further information on presenters can be downloaded here.

Below are a selection of slides presented on the day.

International Federation on Ageing Conference 2016

The International Federation on Ageing Conference Brisbane 21-23 June 2016.

Information is available: http://ifa2016.org.au/

24th Annual Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers

4th and 5th July 2016

The Colloquium, co-hosted by CEPAR and Risk & Actuarial Studies in the UNSW Business School, is a unique annual event, bringing together academics, government and industry to discuss and debate the most important pension and superannuation issues. It combines keynotes and plenary sessions with concurrent contributed papers.

This year included keynote presentations from

Professor Olivia S. Mitchell

International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Professor; Professor of Insurance and Risk Management and Business and Public Policy; Executive Director, Pension Research Council; Director, Boettner Center for Pensions and Retirement Research, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Chris Phillipson

Professor Chris Phillipson

Professor of Gerontology, University of Manchester

Professor Hanming Fang

Professor of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Scientific Director, CEPAR Australia-China Population Ageing Research Hub, UNSW

Presentation Slides from this years colloquium are now available here.

Public Lecture: How do you Develop An Age Friendly Community?

COTA ACT & the ANU Centre for Research on Ageing, Health & Wellbeing, with the support of CEPAR, invite you to come and hear from two leading UK experts, Professor Christopher Phillipson and Dr Tine Buffel, on how to turn the age-friendly dream into reality.

Professor Phillipson will review the development and characteristics of age-friendly communities, outline some European initiatives, and assess the effectiveness of the age-friendly approach for improving the quality of life of older people.

Dr Buffel will develop these themes in more detail, drawing on a research project which involved older people as co-investigators in researching the age-friendliness of their neighbourhood. Dr Buffel will highlight some of the challenges and opportunities associated with involving community members themselves in research and action.

When:1.30 to 3.30pm, Wednesday 6 July 2016

Where: Hughes Community Centre, Wisdom Street Hughes

Read about the lecture in the Canberra Times

Mid-life Employment: Determinants, Consequences, and Policy Workshop

19 July 2016

UNSW Business School Building, University of New South Wales

This workshop was focused on (1) determinants of employment in mid-life, (2) links between mid-life employment, health and future cognition, and (3) policy design for sustainable employment trajectories into old age.

Mid-life has been studied far less than young and old age. Yet, employment in mid-life is intimately connected to mature labor force participation, and to health and cognition at later stages. It is a crucial stage for building financial security for later life as well as developing protective factors to buffer against the risks associated with older age.

Individuals have to overcome significant challenges in midlife, such as the onset of health decline, caring for a disabled family member (more likely to be done by women), a less flexible labour market, and difficulties in changing occupations/careers. The workshop will explore how different groups are affected by these challenges, and the roles of work environments.

The workshop brought together representatives and researchers from the Australian Human Rights Commission, and from the fields of Economics, Psychology, Demography, Medicine, Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior to debate current issues and challenges and identify future research priorities in this area.


The presentations from the workshop are available here.


Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy

21-22 July

UNSW Business School Building, University of New South Wales 


The Australia-China Population Ageing Research Hub in collaboration with the APRU Population Ageing Research hub is pleased to host this two day workshop. The event, on the 21st and 22nd July 2016, will bring together academic experts, policy makers, and industry practitioners to discuss demographic change in China and its implications for policy and business practice. The second day will focus on the research of young scholars working on this topic.

Public Lecture

Reform, information, education: A new paradigm for pension reform

CEPAR and the Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU hosted a public lecture by Professor Elsa Fornero, University of Turin

Financial literacy has important implications not only for personal well-being, but also for economic reforms, and thus for collective well-being. Reforms are meant to change people’s behavior. Their effectiveness crucially depends on citizens recognizing and generally accepting their necessity, general design, “sense of direction”. Without basic understanding by citizens, reforms risk having little or no effect or even being nullified. Responsible judgment about economic reforms requires not only literacy but also information and numeracy. People’s effective participation in the reform is a prerequisite for correcting misperceptions and changing behavior (on the part of workers, employers and institutions as well) and thus for the social sustainability (resilience) of the reform. This is particularly true of pension reforms because of their profound impact on people’s life plans. The 2011 Italian pension reform is seen as a case in point. 

The lecture took place on Wednesday, 19 October. 

15th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing

CEPAR is proud to announce the 15th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Ageing of which it is a major sponsor. This year's event is being organised by CEPAR Chief Investigator Kaarin Anstey. Hosted by the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health & Wellbeing and the Australian National University, Canberra, the ERA conference presents a unique opportunity for research higher degree students in the diverse fields relating to ageing to present their developing research.

Each year the conference draws an audience of students, academic researchers, practitioners and policy makers and ERA 2016 promises to be an exciting opportunity to network, exchange ideas and discuss the latest in ageing-related research.

The major theme of the conference is"Pathways to Ageing Well" with Keynote Presentations by Professor Cathie Sherrington, NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and the University of Sydney, and Dr Chris Hatherly, Director of Science Policy and Projects at the Australian Academy of Science. 

The conference will take place from the 31 October - 1 November 2016.


Computational Economics Workshop

5- 8 December 2016, UNSW Business School

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) is proud to offer this four day workshop taking place at the University of New South Wales from 5 to 8 December, 2016.

The workshop will be presented by Professor Hans Fehr from the University of Würzburg.

The main objective of the workshop is to provide participants with state of the art techniques for quantitative macroeconomic research. They will learn the most prominent models in this field and familiarize with the relevant literature. Ideally at the end of the workshop, participants will be able to develop their own ideas and conduct their own policy analysis using the programming skills acquired.

The workshop will consist of a series of lectures and practical exercise classes, focused on the following:

  • Review of programming in Fortran and numerical solution methods
  • Solution techniques to dynamic programming problems
  • Infinite horizon models including the Ramsey model and the real business cycle (RBC) model
  • Partial equilibrium life cycle (LC) model
  • Policy analysis using the stochastic overlapping generations (OLG) model


PWC Longevity Workshop

Longevity Workshop Hosted by PwC

Organised by CEPAR in conjunction with the International Actuarial Association Mortality Working Group

Wednesday, 15 February 2017, PwC Sydney Office


Longevity risk has been a major focus of pensions plans, governments and insurers over recent years as individuals live longer than expected and an increasing proportion of the population move into the older ages. This requires social and financial solutions to finance ageing costs including pensions and aged care. A critical aspect of this is understanding the nature of older age mortality, mortality heterogeneity and implications for risk modelling and annuity product design. Modelling of health status and understanding the implications for long term care costs are also crucial. This workshop focuses on older age mortality, modelling mortality and health status, heterogeneity and frailty, as well as incorporating improvement trends and uncertainty. An R software package that can easily be used to fit mortality models is also introduced. It brings together actuarial experts from around the world, along with CEPAR researchers, to provide a unique and in–depth analysis of these important issues relevant for both practitioners and researchers.


The program including information about the presenters and the presentation slides is available here.

Longevity Research Forum at UNSW

Research Issues in Modelling Longevity Risk with Applications: Current perspectives and future directions

Thursday, 16 February 2017, UNSW, Kensington Campus, Sydney


Longevity risk has been the focus of increased research over recent years. The risk arises from the potential unexpected costs from individuals living longer resulting in unexpected increases in retirement income needs and aged care costs.

This forum will focus on current and future research on modelling of longevity risk with applications to the managing of longevity risk including costing and design of income stream products and long term care insurance.

Modelling of the risk covers all aspects of future survival and health status including actuarial and demographic models and methods.

As a forum it aims to provide opportunities for informal discussion and a sharing of knowledge and views to provide perspectives on future directions for longevity research. Each session will be moderated by a research academic familiar with the area.

The program and presentation slides are available here. 


25th Colloquium of Superannuation Researchers

When: 6th and 7th July, 2017

The Colloquium, co-hosted by CEPAR and the School of Risk & Actuarial Studies in the UNSW Business School, is a unique annual event, bringing together academics, government and industry to discuss the current important pension and superannuation issues. It will feature keynote sessions and plenary sessions with concurrent contributed papers.

International contributions are welcome. Young researchers, especially PhD students, are encouraged to attend. This year we will be running a competition for ‘Best Presentation by a PhD Student’, the winner will receive a cash prize.

It is now 25 years since the introduction of Australia’s superannuation guarantee and over this period many other countries have introduced pension reforms which have involved a greater emphasis on private provision. It is therefore an appropriate time to reflect on the equity, sustainability and adequacy of retirement income arrangements, both in Australia and internationally.

To see the full program and slides click here.


3rd Annual Workshop on Population Ageing and the Chinese Economy

The Australia-China Population Ageing Hub, in collaboration with the  APRU Population Ageing Research Hub, will host its annual workshop in July at UNSW Sydney. The event will bring together academic experts, policy makers, and industry practitioners to discuss demographic change in China and its implications for policy and business practice. The second day will focus on the research of young scholars working on this topic.

When: 11-12 July 2017

Where: UNSW Business School, Kensington Campus UNSW Sydney

Keynote Presentation

Professor Nicholas Barr, London School of Economics

Nicholas Barr FRSA has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He is Professor of Public Economics at the London School of Economics, the author of numerous articles, and author or editor of over twenty books, including Pension Reform: A Short Guide (with Peter Diamond) (2010, also in Chinese and Spanish). The heart of his work is an exploration of how market failures can both explain and justify the existence of welfare states. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Social Security Review and an Associate Editor of CESifo Economic Studies, the Australian Economic Review and the Journal of the Economics of Ageing.

Please click here to view the event program and slides.

International Network for Pensions, Aging, and Retirement Research Conference

This will be the second conference of the International Network for Pensions, Aging, and Retirement Research Conference (INPARR)..

When: 21 June, 2017

Where: OECD Headquarters, Paris