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Caring for older Australians: inquiry report

Posted on: 5 September, 2011
Issue: Vol 11 No 3, July 2011 – September 2011
Related to Health services Older people

Productivity Commission (2011)
Caring for older Australians: Inquiry report
Melbourne: Productivity Commission

The Caring for older Australians: inquiry report follows the Government’s request for the Productivity Commission to develop detailed options for redesigning Australia’s aged care system in order to meet the challenges facing it in coming decades. The report includes the Commission’s recommendations along with a summary of the reforms proposed based on consultations with older Australians, their carers, aged care providers, government agencies and other interested parties. The report also provides an overview of the diversity in the demand for aged care services with a chapter on evaluating how well aged care services are being delivered in ways that meet the needs and preferences of clients from specific groups, including Indigenous people. Principles of a reformed aged care system identified as critical to the establishment of culturally secure services specific to Indigenous Australians included factors relevant to attracting and retaining Indigenous workers to provide culturally appropriate services, use of culturally appropriate assessment tools, and support to develop service capacity appropriate to meet Indigenous clients specific needs.

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