Six members of the Sustainable Care team visited Sydney in February 2019, where our hosts were our international academic partners at SPRC (Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales) and at CEPAR (Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, where our partners are based at the University of Sydney). We are very grateful to SPRC and CEPAR for supporting this visit by organising a stimulating series of meetings and events and making generous contributions of resources in their roles as programme partners.

International partners at Macquarie University, Sydney, University of Western Australia, and at Auckland and Massey Universities in New Zealand also joined us for this visit, as did Co-Investigator Norah Keating, all also generously funding their own participation, and in some cases bringing with them PhD students, early career researchers (ECRs) and other colleagues working in our field of study. For some events we were joined, or hosted, by representatives of Australian policy, practice and voluntary organisations working in aged care, disability policy and support for carers. In a short period, our packed and fascinating schedule offered our team an exceptional and intense learning and knowledge exchange opportunity. Our visit comprised:

18th February

  • A successful and interesting Policy Round Table hosted by Dr Trish Hill (SPRC). UK team members made presentations on our research programme and on developments in social care in the UK. Australian contributors from a wide range of organisations shared reflections on contemporary developments in Australia, including implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and major Aged Care Reforms. As well as the academic partners present, attendees also included representatives of three NSW government departments – Family and Community ServicesOffice of the Premier and Cabinet and Ministry of Health; the NSW Public Service Commission; and Carers NSWTheir contributions generated a very lively and interesting discussion.
  • A meeting of the SC team and the NSW Carers Advisory Council also took place on 18 Feb.

19th February

  • On 19 Feb the SC team jointly hosted two research-intensive workshops:
    • Work and Care, chaired by CEPAR and University of Sydney partner Marian Baird
    • Technology & Care, chaired by Kate O’Loughlin (U Sydney) and Matthew Lariviere (University of Sheffield

20th February

  • On 20 Feb our team jointly hosted two further research-intensive workshops
    • Migration, Markets and Care Workforce, chaired by Deb Brennan (UNSW) and Patrick Hall (University of Birmingham)
    • Care Costs and Contributions, chaired by Trish Hill (UNSW)
  • Norah Keating, SC Director of Capacity Building and Kate O’Loughlin (University of Sydney / CEPAR) hosted a Capacity Building event for PhD & Early Career Researcher colleagues on 20 Feb.

21st February

On 21 Feb., our Australian hosts and Australian and New Zealand visiting partners contributed to a forum attended by over 50 participants:

International and Australian perspectives on Sustainable Care

21 February 2019, UNSW

Panel 1:

International approaches to transforming care arrangements to meet future challenges – chair, Gabrielle Meagher, Macquarie University, Australia, with presentations on: Austerity and social care in the UK (Patrick Hall, University of Birmingham, UK); Creating sustainable care in New Zealand (Matthew Parsons, University of Auckland, New Zealand); ‘The wishful family’: Global conversations on families and sustainable care (Norah Keating, Universities Swansea, UK; Alberta, Canada: North-West, South Africa).

Panel 2:

Impact of Australian policy reforms on sustainability and wellbeing Chair, Trish Hill, University of New South Wales, Australia included presentations on: From Social Security to Market Precarity: A short introduction (Michael Fine, Macquarie University); Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme: A Lifelong Relationship – For Better or for Worse? (Carolyn Campbell-McLean, Disability Training & Communications Consultant, Australia; The NDIS, sustainable care and carer wellbeing Sarah Judd-Lam, Carers New South Wales, Australia; Care for older people in Australia: state of play and future risks, Gabrielle Meagher (Macquarie University); Marketisation and quality: Lessons from the child care sector Natasha Cortis (University of New South Wales & U Sydney)

Panel 3:

How do we achieve sustainable care futures? Chair, Myra Hamilton, University of New South Wales, included presentations on: Sustainable care futures under the NDIS (Rosemary Kayess and Karen Fisher, UNSW Sydney); Culture is Inclusion (Scott Avery, First People’s Disability Network); Sustaining care by upholding carers’ rights, Helen McFarlane, FACS [Family & Community Services, Government of NSW] and Sarah Judd-Lam, Carers NSW); Sustaining a caring workplace (Elena Katrakis, Carers NSW); Achieving sustainable care futures through better jobs for care workers (Susan Belardi, United Voice)

A presentation by Madeleine Starr MBE (Carers UK), Towards a global sustainable care vision, followed and Sue Yeandle, University of Sheffield, SC programme Principal Investigator, made the closing remarks.

More pictures from our visit to the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales

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