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Type: Journal article
Title: Contextualising the 'Crisis in Aged Care' in Australia: A demographic perspective
Author: Hugo, G.
Citation: Australian Journal of Social Issues, 2007; 42(2):169-182
Publisher: Australian Council Social Service Inc
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0157-6321
Abstract: Australia’s ‘old-old’ population is growing even faster than the total aged population and despite improved incomes, living conditions, health risk behaviours and health care this will result in a concomitant increase in the numbers of older people with disabilities. This paper examines ABS 2003 survey data on the incidence of disability among older Australians and their need for, and utilisation of, formal and informal care. It uses this as a basis for projecting the incidence of disability among older Australians and the need for informal and formal care up to 2031. These indicate there is a major challenge since the aged care workforce has grown only slowly in Australia and is concentrated in the older working ages presaging a loss of workers through retirement. There needs to be a significant effort put into attracting workers to both the skilled and unskilled parts of the aged care industry.
RMID: 0020076875
DOI: 10.1002/j.1839-4655.2007.tb00047.x
Appears in Collections:Geography, Environment and Population publications
Australian Population and Migration Research Centre publications

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