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Ageing Society

Resources in this collection cover topics such as retirement and superannuation, nursing home care, ageing well, advance medical directives, elder abuse and other issues concerning older people, human rights and social services.  The compilation of this material has been supported by the UniSA Business School at the University of South Australia since 2015.

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Ageing Society

Research report

19 Nov 2017

The notion that the problems associated with modern death and dying can be solved simply by allowing more Australians to die at home is an oversimplification. Moreover, the myth that most people want to die at home, but don’t, has also unhelpfully reinforced the popular fear that grim,...

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Report

14 Nov 2017

With an ageing population and growing levels of housing stress and homelessness across Australia, there is an urgent need to better understand the challenges faced by older people that may place them at risk of homelessness. It is also important to understand what more can be...

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Strategy

07 Nov 2017

As a general matter of existential exigencies, older people, irrespective of location in Australia, are more likely to be individuals who have complex health challenges, will need a diverse range of support services, and experience social isolation, loneliness, ageism (age...

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Research report

31 Oct 2017

This Research Note discusses terminology and key aspects of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017. It provides an overview of legislative attempts in Australia to introduce similar frameworks, and overseas jurisdictions where voluntary euthanasia and/or assisted dying are currently in...

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Audio program

31 Oct 2017

A raft of aged care experts say the Carnell Report has missed the point and the focus needs to be on staffing ratios and training.

Following a series of aged care horror stories, the Federal Government announced a shake-up aimed at lifting...

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Report

25 Oct 2017

The majority of residential aged care facilities provide a high standard of care to older Australians. Commonwealth legislation establishes processes for the regulation of care delivered to all aged care residents and to ensure providers deliver appropriate care which meets expected standards....

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Research report

24 Oct 2017

This report is unsettling to read in parts, but that is its value and significance. In a system where policy and practice is dominated by perspectives of government, bureaucrats, providers and professional groups, it is unique to read the views and experiences of people who are at the coalface....

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19 Oct 2017

Applied Aged Care Solutions (AACS) was engaged by the Department of Health to review the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) and provide recommendations on potential modifications that could be made to:

- Reduce subjectivity in the needs assessment...

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Report

18 Oct 2017

How will future retirees fare? The OECD report Preventing Ageing Unequally examines how the two global megatrends of population ageing and rising inequalities have been developing and interacting, both within and across generations. Taking a life-course perspective the report shows how...

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Research report

13 Oct 2017

The conversation around older Australians has long been associated with costs and dependence. It’s time to shift the conversation. The economic muscle of the ‘silver economy’ can be accessed with new policy approaches that lift the workforce participation of 55-64 year olds. This will in turn...

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Guide

03 Oct 2017

This guide is a comprehensive resource for Muslim aged care. It covers wide-ranging topics such as, religion, culture, and identity of Muslims to provide the context and basis for planning culturally appropriate care for them.

Using text boxes, illustrations, exercise, and case studies,...

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Literature review

30 Sep 2017

This Evidence Check review examined the international evidence regarding effective management and care of people with severe and extreme behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

The review looked at what specialist dementia care units have been shown to be effective in managing...

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26 Sep 2017

Some 61,300 people first entered permanent residential aged care (PRAC) in 2013–14. While they used over 1,000 different combinations of other aged care in the preceding years, the most common pathway (used by 1 in 4 people) was through Home and Community Care (HACC). Many pathways showed a...

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Journal article

21 Sep 2017

Aims and objectives: This paper presents a review of the literature about the built environment as it impacts the health of older people. It then introduces the gerontological nurse and researcher to the Our Voice framework for engaging older people as citizen scientists in order to empower them...

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Report

14 Sep 2017

Aged care is in transition. It is evolving into a system that better supports the wellbeing of older people and the delivery of care in ways that respect their dignity and support their independence. There is an increased focus on consumer choice and control. At the same time, Australia’s...

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Research report

13 Sep 2017

On 2 November 2016, the then Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, referred the Inquiry into the Hearing Health and Wellbeing of Australia (the Inquiry) to the Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport (the Committee).

As part of the Inquiry the...

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Research report

12 Sep 2017

This paper calls for a new policy framework for ‘a middle-ageing Australia’. It offers ideas for policy reform across the areas of work, education, health and community-building regarding the growing middle-aged demographic. There are seven million Australians aged 50-75 years who are facing an...

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Survey

31 Aug 2017

People living with dementia and carers experience embarrassing situations, feel strongly disconnected, feel less competent and sometimes feel useless, this survey has found.

94% of respondents who have a diagnosis of dementia felt that they encountered embarrassing situations as a result...

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Briefing paper

21 Aug 2017

On 8 June 2017, 24 representatives from resident advocacy groups, universities, industry, ombudsman schemes, government agencies and regulators met in Melbourne at an Experts’ Forum to discuss the future of retirement housing regulation in Victoria.

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17 Aug 2017

Palliative care is an essential component of modern health care services and an increasingly important part of the wider health and social care systems. Palliative care is healthcare and support for people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers. It is provided by, or informed by...

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