Speaker’s bio: Sara Charlesworth is Professor of Work, Gender & Regulation in the School of Management at RMIT University in Melbourne Australia. She is Director of the Centre for People, Organisation & Work in RMIT College of Business. Much of Sara’s recent research has focused on paid care work. She is currently co-investigator on an Australian Research Council project ‘Markets, Migration and Care in Australia’, led by Emeritus Prof Deb Brennan (UNSW). Sara leads an ARC project ‘Decent Work & Good Care: International Approaches to Aged Care’ and is co-investigator on a Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council project ‘Imagining Age–Friendly “Communities” within Communities: International Promising Practices’ led by Prof Tamara Daly (York).
Abstract: This presentation explores how Australian and New Zealand care markets, policy and regulation shape both the working conditions of home care workers and the conditions of care at the provider level. Taking a multi-scalar perspective, it draws on emerging findings from the Decent Work Good Care project, using data from three in-depth home care case studies. The presentation focuses in particular on convergences and divergences in the national policy frameworks and organisational practices that structure home care worker control over working time and time to care.