Australia’s aged care sector has been the subject of more than 30 major inquiries and reviews since 1997.
The report doesn’t offer us a clear picture of what went wrong and why.
Throwing money at a problem is not how we develop a coordinated, evidence-based national plan that addresses the known gaps.
there’s an urgent need for stronger integration between the aged care sector and the health system to ensure all older Australians can access the care and services they need to maximise their quality of life.
This is a recipe for uncertainty (the lawyer’s dread) which begets frustration which begets, ultimately, distress.
Around 6,000 Australians aged under 65 live in aged care, and numbers have only changed slightly in the last decade.
The continuing undervaluation of aged care work owes much to female work being unpaid and therefore less visible, and too much of it involving care.