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In recent years there has been a marked change in long-term mortality trends in the United Kingdom. Recent mortality statistics show little or no improvements in life expectancy after decades of steady improvement. What has caused these recent trends? Can they be reversed? What are the implications for health and social care policy?

Organised by the Health Economics Research Centre in collaboration with Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers from a range of perspectives to better understand trends in mortality and life expectancy in the United Kingdom and to explore the factors behind these trends.  

It will involve: 

• a  review of research on tends in mortality and variation across different social groups;
• comparison UK and with comparable countries, and;
• to quantify the likely impact on population health and health care expenditure

Finally a panel discussion will explore the implications for health policy. 

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  • Tuesday, 31st March 2020
  • 9:30 am to 5:00 pm


Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford

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  • Prof Kaarin Anstey Australian Laureate Fellow Co-Deputy Director CEPAR University of New South Wales.
  • Prof John Beard, University of New South Wales and former Director of the World Health Organisation's (WHO) Department of Ageing and Life Course
  • Prof Andrew Dilnot, Warden of Nuffield College Oxford
  • Prof Philip Clarke, Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford
  • Prof Alastair Gray Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford
  • Prof Sarah Harper Oxford's Institute of Population Ageing
  • Dr Sofia Maier European Commission and Antwerp University 
  • Dr Charles Rahal Research Fellow Nuffield College and Dept of Sociology, University of Oxford 
  • Dr Veena Raleigh, Senior Fellow, Kings fund.


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