Application of Engaged Social Research Principles in Inter-generational Aged Care Workforce Research

By Peter Nixon.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Concerns have been raised for a number of years now, about the supply of workers in the aged care industry. Research in this area needs to consider broad economic, political and social conditions and the place of individual decisions made by potential employees: as such, it is a particular example of the more general area of interdisciplinary research which seeks to link macro level and micro level social phenomena. Inter-generational relationships are particularly salient in this case which presents the opportunity to contribute to discussion about social sustainability. This article identifies some challenges raised by research into aged care workforce questions, describes the theoretical approach used by the author in his doctoral research and addresses the challenges raised by reference to the principles of engaged social research.

Keywords: Engaged Social Research, Generations, Domiciliary Aged Care, Government, Methodology

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.77-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.149MB).

Peter Nixon

Doctoral Candidate, School of Communication, Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

My professional aged care work began in the mid 1970’s when I worked in the Port Adelaide Central Mission residential aged care program and was involved in committee work with the people who initiated Western Domiciliary Care Service, which was something of a pioneer in the Australian context. It later became part of Domiciliary Care South Australia (DCSA). My employment at DCSA began in 1985 and I have worked there in allied health, case management, supervision, research, teaching and agency management roles. I am an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Social Administration and Social Work at Flinders University and have been a researcher in the Department of Public Health, Flinders University for over two years. My combined research experience spans the fields of qualitative and quantitative research in epidemiology, gerontology, work/life balance, work and well-being, program evaluation and social health. DCSA and the University of South Australia provide financial support for this doctoral research.

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