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. Australasian Journal of University Community Engagement, 2 (1). pp. 46-55. ISSN 1833-4482

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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: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher.
Depositing User: Professor Jeffrey Soar
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2008 06:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: aged, health, regional communities, higher education
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)

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