Rafal Chomik and Mary MacLennan
Population ageing is likely to result in more people requiring
care. Australia's aged care system is the set of public, private
and community institutions that offer care interventions to older
people suffering chronic illnesses, disability, or physical and
cognitive decline. It is also the subject of an evolving reform
agenda, so a wide understanding of how it operates is critical.
This brief looks at aged care by describing care recipients,
providers, the workforce and access and quality issues.