Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Visualising the demographic components of change

Shaping the age structures of Australian State and Territory populations.

The population pyramid is one of the most popular ways of visualising population age structure. The standard form consists of two rotated histograms of population by age group, with males on the left and females on the right, and the youngest ages at the base and the oldest at the top. This standard population pyramid is often used to summarise the demographic history of a population over the course of the previous century or so. But a key limitation is that it only shows the size of each age-sex group, omitting information on the contributions of different demographic processes which shaped the population’s current age structure. This poster presents a different way of illustrating age structure through components-of-change population pyramids (Wilson, 2016) which show how births, deaths and net migration have shaped the current population age structures of Australian States and Territories.

Components-of-change population pyramids for Australia and its States and Territories

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Monday, 28 November 2016

Recruit and Retain: Making it Work

Attracting and keeping skilled and professional workers is a challenge shared by ‘norths’ in Australia, Europe and north America. The European Union, through its Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme, has funded a consortium of government and academic organisations in Sweden, Scotland, Iceland, Norway and Canada to implement strategies designed to improve recruitment and retention. The Recruit and Retain: Making it Work project will run until the end of 2018. 

Professor Dean Carson
Professor Dean Carson, from the Northern Institute, has been engaged to lead the evaluation work package within the project. At one level, the evaluation approach is quite simple – did the project partners have better recruitment and retention outcomes (reduced turnover, improved ease of attracting new staff) after implementation of the strategies? However, the evaluation is also looking at the spatial and temporal contexts of performance – what has been the history of recruitment and retention in the various project locations and how might conditions outside of the project impact on performance? The evaluation model will be made available to any ‘northern’ organisation to test their own performance. This project continues to build on work we have done in the Northern Territory over the past decade, with a focus on recruitment and retention of nurses, doctors, teachers, dentists, accountants, and engineers amongst others. You can follow the progress of the European project at https://www.facebook.com/rrmakingitwork/.

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Monday, 7 November 2016

Going North...

When do people choose to move to the Northern Territory - A historical summary

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