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4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Apr 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/05/2004   
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Welcome to the April 2004 issue of Age Matters. April was designated as Mature Age Month for Job Network members and Transition to Work providers to help mature age jobseekers back into the workforce and raise awareness of mature age employment issues. Employers across Australia were urged by the Minister for Employment Services, the Hon. Mal Brough MP, to give mature age jobseekers a 'fair go' as part of national Mature Age Month.

The National Ageing Statistics Unit is currently compiling a report on mature age persons (those aged 45-64 years) including a profile of their demographics, cultural diversity, labour force characteristics, health, housing, living arrangements and community life. This report is due for release by the end of the year. In addition, a short article on mature age workers will be included in the 2004 issue of Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) due for release in July.

In this issue of Age Matters you will find the following main articles of interest:

  • Persons not in the labour force
  • Population by age and sex: Australian states and territories
  • Diabetes in Australia: A snapshot

Due to the amount of material we come across for inclusion in these newsletters, Age Matters will now be released bimonthly (every two months) instead of quarterly. We look forward to bringing you more interesting information on ageing.

Any comments or suggestions on improving our newsletter are always welcome.

Maryann Wood

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