Indigenous aged care service use and need for assistance: How well is policy matching need?

Philippa Cotter, John Condon, Ian Anderson, Leonard Smith, Tony Barnes

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    Abstract

    Aim: To investigate the effectiveness of the Australian Government's aged care planning framework for Indigenous Australians, particularly the use of a lower planning age of 50 years.

    Methods:
    We analysed published data and administrative datasets relating to population demographics, aged care assessments, admissions and usage, need for assistance and expenditure, comparing the Indigenous 50-69 and 70+ age groups with the non-Indigenous 70+ age group.

    Results: Indigenous people aged 50-69 years have much lower utilisation, and a different pattern of utilisation, of aged care services than either Indigenous or non-Indigenous people aged 70 and over. Community-based services are much more important for Indigenous than non-Indigenous people, regardless of age.

    Conclusion:
    The planning framework conflates the diverse needs of Indigenous people across a wide age range and does not set a meaningful target for service provision. It has not ensured the right balance of services across geographic areas and between different levels of care.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-44
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
    Volume30
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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