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Open Forum is an independent collaborative think-tank built around an interactive discussion website hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP). It provides a platform for focused dialogue on social, political, economic, ecological and cultural issues and challenges.

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Orange the world

United NationsFrom 25 November to 10 December 2016, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence aim to raise public awareness to bring about change. This year, the UN Secretary-General’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign invites you to “Orange the world.”

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Increasing efficiency and value in government purchasing

GAP Taskforce report on Government Health ProcurementThe GAP Taskforce report on Government Health Procurement has been released. It reveals the significant scope for improvements and savings in Australia’s public health procurement.


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Early Childhood Education – report released

Building blocksA recently released report from the GAP Taskforce on Early Childhood Education calls for systemic changes, a stronger evidence base, pilot trials of holistic schemes, alternative procurement strategies, improved governance, better connection between services and the pursuit of stronger parental engagement.

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Should we cancel Christmas?

posted by Jenny Brockis, Dec 02, 2016

At such a busy time of year should we be worrying about the Christmas stress? Dr Jenny Brockis shares her thoughts.

It’s busy out there.

Everywhere you go there are hives of busy activity. We are busy at work, at home, in every nook and dusty corner of our lives. We are completely dominated by busyness – constantly striving to do more, finish off the last and start the next activity.

It’s relentless and exhausting.

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Featured Forum

Productive Ageing

In 1970, only 8% of Australians were older than 64. In 2050, it'll be almost a quarter. Pension age is increasing, but this still lags behind growing life expectancy.

According to the GAP report on Productive Ageing, two million older people are willing and able to work - in fact, their underemployment currently costs Australia $10.8 billion a year in lost GDP. An increase of 3% of workplace participation in people over the age of 55 would increase GDP by $33 billion, while 5% growth would see 750,000 benefit recipients become tax payers and give the economy a $48 billion boost.

So why aren't we employing Australia's mature citizens? Ageist prejudices persist, as a fixed retirement age labels people who reach it as unemployable. Besides affecting job prospects, ageism can have a profound impact on someone's confidence, financial situation and quality of life.

That we are living longer, healthy lives shouldn't be a threat - it is an opportunity to be seized. For the next two months, we will be exploring the many facets of productive ageing. Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to share your story, opinion or blog idea.

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