Residential Aged Care Policy in Australia - Are We Learning from Evidence?
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- Australian Journal of Public Administration, 2015, 74 (2), pp. 128 - 141
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© 2015 Institute of Public Administration Australia. The residential aged care industry in Australia will expand rapidly over the next 10 years leading to substantial increases in government expenditure. Recent and future reforms are likely leading to changes in the structure of the industry with a potential impact on quality of care. The purpose of this paper is to stimulate broader public debate, based on the available evidence, about the preferred structure of this important industry. It examines the literature on the impact structure has on the quality of services and compares this with a fresh analysis of current trends. The paper argues that future policy should be evidence based and explicit about the structure of the industry that will emerge from current policy reforms.
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