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Welfare Care and Social Policy

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NSW Case Management Research Collaboration

A/Prof Michael Fine; and Dr Virginia Simpson-Young (Research Officer)

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Alzheimer's Association of NSW Phase Two

A/Prof Michael Fine

The objective of the NSW Quality Support Groups Research Project is to improve our understanding of the operation and structure of support groups for carers of people with dementia in NSW, for the purpose of enhancing current practice. The outcome of this research will be a clearer understanding of what constitutes quality support groups, in both process and content, and how this can be achieved. In Partnership with NSW Alzheimer's Association Dr Michael Fine will undertake a second stage study of carers support (self-help) groups in NSW. Stage one involved survey based audit of care groups. Stage two involves qualitative research analysing a series in-depth interviews with these groups.

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Department of Housing Neighbourhood Aid Evaluation

A/Prof Michael Fine; and Dr Armen Gakavian (Research Associate)

This project involves an evaluation of two innovative pilot Neighbour Aid projects which offer low-level support services to people living in Public Housing who are older or have a disability. One, auspiced by the Gladesville Community Aid and Information Service, covers the Blandville Court estate in Gladesville. The other, covering the Redfern, Surry Hills and Waterloo housing estates, is managed by the Redfern and Inner City Home Support Service. The project involves evaluating the success of the two social support projects after their first year of operation, to inform the Department of Housing's future decisions on the application of Neighbour Aid programs based on the principles of low level social support and active volunteering; assisting assisting in the development of principles develop principles for setting the boundary between low-level support services suitable for delivery by volunteers, and support services to be delivered by specialised professional support services in a social housing setting; identifying alternative models for delivering low-level support services to reduce social isolation, strengthen informal networks and increase community participation in Public Housing estates; and making recommendations make recommendations regarding the future of the partnership arrangement and its potential to inform future schedules under the NSW Housing and Human Services Accord.

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Transnational Care: Migration, demography and care work

A/Prof Michael Fine

This project is concerned with three fundamental developments shaping social life in 21stC Australia: 1. the unprecedented demographic shift represented by the ageing of the population; 2. the need for care arising from the support needs of an older population and the rising demand for child care; and 3. the changing patterns of global migration and shifts in the demand for immigrant labour. The convergence of these trends means that Australia (like comparable countries) must sustain a much older population in which increasing numbers of people will be unable to care for themselves at the same time as greater calls will need to be made on the economic contributions of the decreasing population of working age. Focussing on aged care only, the one year project will concentrate on two key research tasks: 1) the analysis of existing secondary data sources on formal and informal care to better identify the extent and distribution of migrant workers in the field of aged care than is presently possible. Specifically this will involve a detailed reanalysis of the Unit Record File (URF) data from the NILs (2003) study, detailed analysis of ABS workforce data, ABS data on (informal) carers, and data from a number of other administrative sources we have identified; and undertaking a modest number of exploratory interviews with migrant care workers, service providers and policy makers.

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