A seminar will question the relevance of the focus on “financial wellbeing” among policy-makers and service providers to the lives of those most affected by economic, technological and social change.
The event will be hosted by RMIT and the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Dr Dina Bowman from the Brotherhood’s Research and Policy Centre says many people experiencing poverty are excellent financial managers. “But they simply don’t have enough money to make ends meet. It’s important not to lose sight of that,” she said.
“Sometimes we just focus on financial literacy and money management. That can be helpful, but our research shows we also need to address the other challenges confronting people living in poverty: insecure work, unaffordable housing, and rising health and energy costs.”
Professor Roslyn Russell from RMIT also questions the focus on financial wellbeing.
“Is financial wellbeing another category or label that won’t be inclusive of those who don’t meet the criteria? Will they be labelled as financially ill if they aren’t eligible to have financial wellbeing?” she said.
The seminar, titled “All being well? Financial wellbeing, inclusion and risk”, will be held on Monday 5 December, 1.45pm to 4pm at RMIT Building 80, 445 Swanston Street, Melbourne.
- Dr Dina Bowman, Brotherhood of St Laurence Research and Policy Centre Principal Research Fellow, Work and Economic Security and Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne.
- Professor Roslyn Russell, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMIT. Russell’s research includes evaluations of financial literacy programs and also has a focus on gender and financial issues.
- Professor Elaine Kempson, Professor of Personal Finance and Social Policy Research at the University of Bristol, an internationally acknowledged expert on personal financial services, currently working with the European Commission and the national consumer research centre in Norway.
- Professor Jerry Buckland, Professor of International Development Studies at Menno Simons College in Winnipeg, Canada, expert on financial inclusion, microfinance, and financial literacy.
- Dr Jack Noone, Research Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact – a collaboration of three universities: UNSW Australia, Swinburne University of Technology and The University of Western Australia.
- Host Peter Mares, ABC broadcaster and author.
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