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A symposium brought to you by the Centre for People, Organisation and Work, in partnership with the Future Social Service Institute.

What happens when we apply a feminist lens to the shifting arrangements for care in our ageing and diverse societies?

Care arrangements reflect, but can also reshape and potentially change, unequal gender relations in families, communities and work. Revaluing care, prioritising wellbeing, respecting cultural differences and combating inequalities in the way we provide services to older people and people with disabilities or chronic / serious illness will be vital for Australia, the UK and other countries in the future.

Drawing on evidence from Australia and the UK, University of Sheffield Professor Sue Yeandle will apply a feminist lens to illustrate ‘who cares’ in different circumstances. Drawing on theoretical perspectives this keynote and panel discussion session will ask: What does an analysis of sex and gender contribute to understanding developments in relation to care systems, care relationships and the work of care?

About the speakers

Sue Yeandle
Director of the University of Sheffield’s Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities, and Principal Investigator for a major new research programme and international network on Sustainable Care: connecting people and systems.

Sophie Ismail
Sophie is a Legal and Industrial Officer with the ACTU who is currently working on a case before the Fair Work Commission to vary all modern awards to provide employees with an entitlement to temporary reduced hours to accommodate their caring responsibilities. Sophie has a background in the law, government and education unions.

Anne Muldowney
Anne is Senior Policy Advisor for Carers Victoria, with the portfolio areas of health and aged care. Anne is a member of the Elder Abuse Prevention and Response Advisory Group to the Victorian government. Her current research explores the roles and responsibilities of carers in consumer-directed care.

Jen Hargrave
Jen is Senior Policy Officer at Women with Disabilities Victoria (WDV). She has represented WDV at inquiries such as Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, and Parliamentary Inquiries into Disability Abuse. She recently worked on the University of Melbourne research, ‘Choice, Control and the NDIS.’ Jen is proud to be a woman with a disability and to work to combine gender rights and disability rights

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