Caring for Older Australians

Inquiry report

This inquiry report, including online appendices and errata, was released on 8 August 2011.

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Contents

  • Preliminaries
    • Cover, Copyright, Letter, Terms of reference, Contents and Abbreviations
  • Overview - including key points
  • Recommendations
  • Summary of proposals
  • Chapter 1 About the inquiry
    • 1.1 The Commission's brief
    • 1.2 What is aged care?
    • 1.3 Who are older Australians?
    • 1.4 The Commission’s approach
    • 1.5 A road map to the rest of the report
  • Chapter 2 The current aged care system
    • 2.1 Foundations of Australia’s aged care system
    • 2.2 Care and support services
    • 2.3 The financing of aged care
    • 2.4 Regulation of aged care
    • 2.5 Aged care and other social policy areas
  • Chapter 3 Drivers of future demand
    • 3.1 Population ageing and demand for aged care
    • 3.2 A growing diversity of aged care needs
    • 3.3 Trends in the availability of informal carers
    • 3.4 The influence of price and wealth on demand
    • 3.5 Calculating the trends in demand
  • Chapter 4 A framework for assessing aged care
    • 4.1 A new vision for care and support
    • 4.2 Caring for older Australians — what role for government?
    • 4.3 'Wellbeing' of the community — the key objective
    • 4.4 Criteria for assessment
  • Chapter 5 Assessment of the current aged care system
    • 5.1 Access, continuity and choice is limited
    • 5.2 Pricing, subsidies and co-contributions are inequitable and distort investment
    • 5.3 Regulatory burdens are excessive
    • 5.4 How much reform is required?
  • Chapter 6 Who should pay?
    • 6.1 Are existing funding arrangements sustainable?
    • 6.2 Who should pay and what should they pay for?
  • Chapter 7 Paying in practice
    • 7.1 Accommodation costs — applying the principles
    • 7.2 Everyday living expenses — applying the principles
    • 7.3 Care costs — putting the principles into practice
  • Chapter 8 Options for broadening the funding base
    • 8.1 Saving accounts and superannuation
    • 8.2 Drawing on housing equity to pay for care costs
    • 8.3 Insurance for aged care
  • Chapter 9 Care: Access, coverage and delivery
    • 9.1 An aged care gateway: information, needs assessment and care coordination
    • 9.2 Improving care continuity and enhancing consumer choice
    • 9.3 Associated reforms
  • Chapter 10 Quality of care and support
    • 10.1 Defining and measuring quality of care and support
    • 10.2 Current measures to ensure quality of care
    • 10.3 How effective is the current quality framework?
    • 10.4 Building the evidence on quality of care
    • 10.5 Access to health care and what it means for quality care
  • Chapter 11 Catering for diversity
    • 11.1 Diversity in demand for aged care services
    • 11.2 Socially disadvantaged people
    • 11.3 Older Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
    • 11.4 Gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex people
    • 11.5 Veterans
    • 11.6 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
    • 11.7 Older Australians living in rural and remote locations
  • Chapter 12 Age-friendly housing and retirement villages
    • 12.1 Improving choice of age-friendly housing
    • 12.2 Improving the age friendliness of communities
    • 12.3 Improving rental choices for older Australians
    • 12.4 Regulation of retirement living options
    • 12.5 Residential care building regulations
  • Chapter 13 Informal carers and volunteers
    • 13.1 Some facts about informal carers
    • 13.2 Reasons for supporting carers
    • 13.3 Current system of support available for informal carers
    • 13.4 Ways to better support informal carers
    • 13.5 Volunteers
  • Chapter 14 The formal aged care workforce
    • 14.1 Who delivers care services to the aged?
    • 14.2 Future aged care workforce requirements
    • 14.3 Addressing direct care workforce challenges
  • Chapter 15 Regulation — the future direction
    • 15.1 What are the current regulations?
    • 15.2 Improving Australian Government governance arrangements for aged care
    • 15.3 Implementing ‘responsive regulation’ with appropriate standards and streamlined reporting
    • 15.4 Reducing the extent and burden of regulation
    • 15.5 Clarifying and simplifying jurisdictional responsibilities and harmonising regulation
  • Chapter 16 Aged care policy research and evaluation
    • 16.1 Improving data collection and access
    • 16.2 Building a better evidence base
    • 16.3 Research capacity
  • Chapter 17 Reform implementation
    • 17.1 An implementation framework
    • 17.2 Grandfathering arrangements
    • 17.3 Mitigating the risks from the reform implementation
    • 17.4 Sequencing of reform
    • 17.5 What do the reforms mean for older Australians, their carers and service providers?
  • Appendix A Conduct of the inquiry
  • References

Please note: Appendix C is only available in PDF.

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