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Australian Residential Aged Care Follows a Two-Tiered Approach

At present, Australian researchers have found that Australian residential aged care facilities are following a two-tiered system. These researchers analysed 10 years of residential aged care data up to 2012. Thereafter, they ascertained that a geographic split exists in the Australian residential aged care facility provision. This split becomes even more apparent when one compares the facilities offered in rural and remote Australia vis-à-vis the facilities offered in many of Australia’s major cities.

According to the researchers:

  • Larger, for-profit residential age care services dominate the aged care facilities cities typically found in most of Australia’s larger cities
  • Smaller facilities (usually government-operated ones) dominate the outer regional and remote areas of the country

As such, this makes it clear that aged consumers living outside major cities will hardly have access to the for-profit aged care facilities. Similarly, people living in remote areas will remain dependent on government-operated aged care facilities. This is especially so if these facilities are in the vicinity. The researchers also concluded that the proliferation of larger, for-profit services could impact the quality of life for residents. This is because many residents might prefer to be in a smaller, more intimate, not-for-profit service.