Ageing and older women

Clearinghouse Connector – July 2014

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6.9 Ageing and the health system : challenges, opportunities and adaptations In: Australia’s health 2014 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014

Women, health and ageing : findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health Women’s Health Australia, 2010

Women and ageing (Gender Impact Assessment) Women’s Health Victoria, 2009


Healthy aging In: The healthy woman : a complete guide for all ages United States. Department of Health and Human Services. Office on Women’s Health, 2008. Chapter 17

Physical activity and health in mid age and older Australian women Australia. Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs. Office of Women, 2007

The experience of insomnia among older women Sleep, 2005

Our invisible addicts : first report of the Older Persons' Substance Misuse Working Group of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Royal College of Psychiatrists (London), 2011

Frailty and fracture, disability and falls : a multiple country study from the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW) Journal of the American Geriatric Society, 2013

Sexual and reproductive health

Sexual health in older women Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2013

5 reasons why older women aren’t having pap smears Health Journey (Women’s Health Queensland Wide), 2011

Mid-to-late-life women and sexual health : communication with health care providers Family Medicine, 2013

Improving outcomes and experiences for older women with breast cancer : a policy briefing … Breast Cancer Care (U.K.), 2011

Mental health

Women’s Health Series : Part 4 : Mental health issues in older women [Audio interview] Life Matters (ABC Radio National), 2014

Best practice guidelines for mental health promotion programs : older adults 55 plus University of Toronto. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2010

In the margins : the impact of sexualised images on the mental health of ageing women Sex Roles, 2011

Socioeconomic aspects

Social isolation : its impact on the mental health and wellbeing of older Victorians Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, 2014

Health transitions in recently widowed older women : a mixed methods study BMC Health Services Research, 2013

Older women matter : harnessing the talents of Australia’s older female workforce Diversity Council Australia, 2013

Explaining the elderly feminization of poverty : an analysis of retirement benefits, health care benefits, and elder care-giving Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy, 2014


Norma’s Project : a research study into the sexual assault of older women in Australia La Trobe University. Australian Resarch Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), 2014

‘Elder abuse’ and the sexual assault of older women : a new Australian policy response Aware Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault Newsletter, 2006

Elder abuse and women’s health Obstetrics and Gynecology, 2013 – Committee Opinion (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists)

Older women’s perceptions of and responses to abuse and neglect in the post-migration context Wellesley Institute (Canada), 2010


Ageing out of place? : the impact of gender and location on older Victorians in homelessness : a pilot study : final report Hanover Welfare Services, 2013

Older women’s pathways out of homelessness in Australia : report for the Mercy Foundation University of Queensland. Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), 2014

It could be you : female, single, older and homeless Homelessness NSW; Older Women’s Network NSW; and St. Vincent de Paul Society, 2010

Australian policy

National women’s health policy 2010 Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2010 – Ageing well, p.63-67

Victorian women’s health and wellbeing strategy 2010-2014 : response paper Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria, 2010

National lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) ageing and aged care strategy Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2012

National ageing and aged care strategy for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2012

Respect and choice : a human rights approach for ageing and health Australia. Department of Health and Ageing, 2012

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP): Regional survey on ageing 2011 : Australia Australia. Department of Health. Office for an Ageing Australia, 2011

International policy

Women, ageing and health : a framework for action : focus on gender World Health Organization, 2007

Active ageing and gender equality policies : the employment and social inclusion of women and men of late working and early retirement age European Commission. Expert Group on Gender Equality, Social Inclusion, healthcare and Long-term Care Issues (EGGSI), 2012

Policy directions to improve women’s health beyond reproduction Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2013

Related websites

University of Newcastle Priority Research Centre for Gender, Health and Ageing

Australia. Department of Social Services Aged care reform

Australia. Department of Social Services My Aged Care Australia

Australia. Department of Health Living longer, living better

Victoria. Department of Health Aged care in Victoria

Australian Local Government Association Local Government ageing toolbox

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