Is Australia over-reliant on residential aged care to support our older population?

Suzanne M. Dyer, Madeline Valeri, Nimita Arora, Dominic Tilden, Maria Crotty

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Abstract

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety interim report highlighted many concerns about aged care in Australia.1 These include that “the system designed to care for older Australians is woefully inadequate”, and that “aged care services … have simply not been seen as a priority by successive Australian Governments”. To inform the Royal Commission, we undertook a review of international approaches to the provision of aged care.2 As a component of our review, we examined data reported to the Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development from 13 countries.3 The list of countries included in the review was developed in consultation with experts and with input from representatives from the Royal Commission. Countries were selected based on the availability of information, applicability to the Australian aged care system, and to ensure a diverse range of countries were represented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-157.e1
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Journal of Australia
Volume213
Issue number4
Early online date28 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2020

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Keywords

  • Aging
  • Health services for the aged
  • Population policy
  • Public policy
  • Resource allocation

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