The aging Australian worker – A health and safety issue
In 2017, over 1 in 7 Australians were aged 65 years and over, whilst during 2016, 1 in 8 older Australians were engaged in active employment, education or training. Australians are increasingly working to older ages.
Within Australia, the issue of retirement from full time work being based solely upon reaching a defined age, is undergoing quantum change. Along with the rapid evolution of technology, there is a rapid evolution in the concept of age-based retirement within the Australian workforce. The traditional viewpoint of mandatory retirement at a certain age is being replaced with an increased number of senior Australians still working productively across most industries and professions. This societal trend presents both opportunities and challenges for organisations and individuals.
This presentation will focus on the important aspects of a delayed retirement by older Australian workers and how this progressive trend of increased aged workers, interfaces with current workplace health and safety practices. The ways in which the changing nature of future work, shift work, fatigue and health will be specifically addressed. The Health Benefits of Good Work for the aging worker are highlighted too, remembering the complex interplay between society, employment and health.