Human capital, innovation and the productive ageing: growth and senior aged health in the regional community through engaged higher education

Garlick, Steve and Soar, Jeffrey (2007) Human capital, innovation and the productive ageing: growth and senior aged health in the regional community through engaged higher education. In: 4th Annual AUCEA Conference, 2-4 July 2007, Alice Springs, Australia.


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[Abstract]: This paper examines how low relative economic growth and high service and infrastructure costs in non-metropolitan regions that are increasingly attractive to lifestyle-seeking seniors, can be offset by focussing more positively on the human capital dimension of this cohort through closer engagement with higher education learning and innovation.

At present, many senior-aged persons attracted to ‘lifestyle’ locations are allowed to let their knowledge, networks and skills ossify through a lack of engagement with processes of learning and innovation and institutional impediments of a structural and attitudinal nature. It represents poor return on sunk investment in human capital, has cost impacts on enabling health and community services and infrastructure and does not contribute as positively as it could to regional growth outcomes through productivity gains.

The spatial impact of this will exacerbate as the demographic profile of the nation continues to age. Higher education in these places could be a key instrument in the learning and innovation required to realise the greater productivity gains from senior-aged human capital and the consequential growth and health outcomes at the local and regional scale.

The paper reports on the literature, research undertaken and analysis to understand these potentially important issues of policy and practice. The paper has a particular focus on the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Burnett regions of Queensland which have some of the highest concentrations of senior aged people in Australia.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2008 04:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: productive ageing, human capital, regional growth and productivity, engaging higher education
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management

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