Journal article

Employment and retirement impacts on health and wellbeing among a sample of rural Australians

Tonelle E Handley, Terry J Lewin, Peter Butterworth, Brian J Kelly

BMC Public Health | BioMed Central | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: In Australia, it is projected that one in four individuals will be at the nominal retirement age of 65 or over by 2056; this effect is expected to be especially pronounced in rural areas. Previous findings on the effects of retirement on wellbeing have been mixed. The present study explores the effects of employment and retirement on health and wellbeing among a sample of rural Australians. METHODS: Australian Rural Mental Health Study participants who were aged 45 or over (N = 2013) were included in a series of analyses to compare the health and wellbeing of individuals with differing employment and retirement circumstances. Self-reported outcome variables included perceived phy..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Project Grants #401241, #631061) and also supported by a Research Capacity Building Grant to the Australian Rural Health Research Collaboration. Funding was provided to support staffing and resources for data collection and analysis. All aspects of the research (i.e. study design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data, writing manuscripts) were conducted independently of the funding body.