Sara Charlesworth is an investigator on this Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded project.
Paid care work is a major area of employment growth and a key site of change affecting the future of work globally. How care work is funded, organised and rewarded is critical to the well-being of millions of workers, overwhelmingly women, worldwide. The Work of Social Care research theme focuses on the organisation and regulation of care work. It is centrally concerned with the quality of paid care work and with addressing gender inequality in work. Research in this theme directly supports RMIT’s contribution to the UN ‘Decent work and economic growth’ and ‘Gender Equality’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr Fiona Macdonald is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Management. Fiona’s research focuses on three interconnected themes: the changing nature of work and employment relationships; regulating for decent work and gender equality; and the political economy of work. The empirical focus of Fiona’s current research on the social care workforce also brings in her long-standing interest in social policy and welfare systems.
In 2016 Fiona was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to examine the workforce challenges of Australia’s new National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Her research has strong policy relevance, and she works closely with industry as well as with national and international networks of employment and care scholars. In 2017, she received the RMIT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Research impact – Early Career Researcher. Fiona is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the recently established International Journal of Care and Caring.
Sara Charlesworth, Fiona Macdonald and Jane Clarke, are undertaking this scoping project for Worksafe Victoria.
This project explores the links between job quality and care quality in the context of formal aged care provision in the distinct liberal welfare states
The research identified multiple problems negatively affecting the stability, quality and sustainability of disability support workers’ jobs.
Prospects for Decent Work and Gender Equality in Frontline Care Work This project critically examines regulatory strategies to improve the quality of jobs held by
This project is investigating the outcomes of cash-for-care reforms for care workers.
Informal Care, Social Protection and Gender: Policy Implications for Countries in the WHO Western Pacific Region
A scoping review on informal care, social protection and gender is drawing out policy implications for countries in the Western Pacific Region. Grant: WHO Western
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Raelene West 12 August 2020 In the face of COVID-19, disability support workers, like aged care workers, are confronted daily with the risks of contracting