Global megatrends: driving new connections between science and industry

Divergent demographics

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'Divergent Demographics' is our third megatrend.

Australia has an ageing population. According to statistics from the ABS, the population aged 65 years and over is projected to increase from 2.5 million in 2002, to between 6.1 and 11.7 million in 2101. As a proportion of the population, this is an increase from 13 per cent to between 29 per cent and 32 per cent. (ABS, 2004)

An ageing population will experience lifestyle and health problems and infrastructure will need to be sufficient enough to meet the public’s increasing demands. Additionally, population growth will only cause more concern in poorer countries where food shortages are rampant.

Slide six of the 'Global megatrends: Driving new connections between science and industry' presentation.


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