Kendig blogs for crikey on aged care reform.
We Need More Than
Since the Productivity
Commission's report was launched a week ago, it has attracted
headline media attention, widespread support, and some criticism
from diverse quarters.
Valuable and largely positive
commentary has been provided by the Council on the Ageing, Aged and
Community Services Australia, and independent commentaries such as
at The Conversation and The Voice.
The stakes are high, given that we
have reached breaking point with the tensions and contradictions in
an aged care 'system' that has become increasingly out-dated since
While new services and expertise
have been developed, more incremental changes just cannot bring
about the fundamental changes needed to address services that are
fragmented, under-funded, and divided between both levels of
governments and the care, health, housing and income support
Older people in need and their
carers find it very difficult to gain access to effective,
flexible, quality, and affordable services when they need them - as
they choose in their own homes, for the vast majority, or in
various forms of accommodation and care for a minority.
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