Jane Mears is an associate professor at the University of Western Sydney in Australia, and has a long history of researching care work (paid and unpaid). Of particular relevance for the programme is her work on Australian home-care workers. In relation to the programme she is involved in a comparative qualitative study of home care services in Canada, Australia and Sweden, "Beyond the Weekly Bath - Building 21st Century Community-Based Care Policy" led by professor Sheila Neysmith, University of Toronto. Jane Mears is also responsible for the Australian part of a Nordic-Australian comparative survey to homecare workers, funded by the New South Wales Department of Human Services.

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