A Comparison of the Lifetime Economic Prospects of Women Informal Carers and Non-carers, Australia, 2007

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Informal care provided at home to family members with a disability is a major part of the disability and aged care system in Australia. Using data from the 2007 Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, this study provides an updated comparison of the financial wellbeing, or lack thereof, over the working life of women primary carers and non-carers. This study focuses on selected groups of primary carers and non-carers disaggregated by partnership status, level of education and self-assessed health status. While women primary carers tend to be more financially disadvantaged than non-carers, having a post-school education and being in good health contribute positively to bridge the gaps.

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