The 4th International Conference of Long-term Care Directors and Administrators, held 1-3 August at UNSW Sydney, attracted over 80 global and national representatives from academe, industry and government.
The conference was designed to inform professionals about the latest developments in assistive technologies, falls prevention, the management of cognitive ageing and decline, and other topics germane to aged care facilities, which, while reported in journals or embodied in guidelines, are too often not translated for industry practitioners.
Long-term care is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world and the new frontier of policy development, especially in Australasia where the number of people aged 80 and above will quadruple to more than 250 million by 2050. In Australia, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, over a quarter of a million people (259,000) were using residential care, home care or transition care services on 30 June 2017. In addition, in 2016-17 almost 723,000 people were assisted in their home under the Commonwealth Home Support Program.
At last week’s CEPAR conference, the deepening complexities of aged care were investigated: The Industry Day was attended by over 40 global industry players and academics to explore best practice and innovation in long-term care as well as future challenges and opportunities. The following two-day conference program featured a combination of stellar keynote presentations, panels, plenary sessions and concurrent contributed papers by researchers, government and industry representatives, and attracted national media coverage.