Exploring barriers and facilitators of work ability from the perspective of older workers.

As people are living longer and tend to work longer, it is important to support older workers to remain at work and stay productive as long as they need or want to.

This study aims to better understand barriers and facilitators of one's ability to work from the perspective of older workers.

We will conduct online interviews (30-60 min) via videoconference to learn about personally experienced factors and circumstances that either limit or support older worker's ability to successfully manage their daily work duties.

You are invited to take part in this research study because you either left the workplace in the last 12 months (due to various reasons e.g. health conditions) OR because you are currently working.

We will ask you some questions about your personally perceived ability to work as well as factors that either prevent or help you to cope with your work demands at your last or current workplace.

Participant benefits:

To reimburse your time taken, we will provide you with a $25 gift voucher after the completion of the interview.


You are eligible if you:

  • are 45 years or older
  • are currently working in paid work and/or self-employed OR left the workforce due to personal and/ or work-related reasons in the last 12 months
  • read and speak English fluently
  • feel confident in using online videoconference programs (such as Zoom/ Skype).

Register your interest:

Learn more and register your interest

Contact Carolin Bontrup with questions regarding this study: c.bontrup@uq.edu.au.

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2020001728]