Improving Health & Life Expectancy

The global life expectancy is 70 years; this is the average life span for Indigenous Australians though it’s almost 80 years for other Australians. It’s much lower in developing nations largely due to noncommunicable diseases. One in eight of these deaths affects children under five years. Most of these preventable infant deaths occur in developing countries; 74% of which are in Africa and South-East Asia. How does social science help improve life expectancy? By examining health risks amongst vulnerable populations and addressing inequalities that impact wellbeing.

Don't regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
Don’t regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.

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Ageing Positively: How Technology Can Help

Western societies have dramatically changed the way we see ageing. Getting older once meant prestige: a special status and social influence within a community. This has declined in modern times, as societies became increasingly obsessed with youth. As advanced societies face an increasingly older age structure, we have started to look for social policy solutions to improve “positive ageing.”

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Social Science of Crowds

Social policy makers can benefit from ongoing applied research into the social behaviour of crowds. This is partly about planning, such as management of landscapes, improving infrastructure, decreasing traffic congestion and so on. This is also because local communities need to improve social service delivery.

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