Research into ageing in Australia got a major boost this week with the launch of two separate initiatives in Canberra and Adelaide, both with a focus on positive ageing.
Investing in workforce training, the physical environment and patient-centred models of care are critical to reforming health services in the face of an ageing population, says geriatrician.
Researchers say billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money would be saved every year, and Australians would be much healthier, if the World Health Organisation’s recommendations to improve health through all areas of government policy were adopted.
The Royal Australian College of Physicians says health reforms and aged care reforms must be integrated now so older people can access ‘the right care, in the right place, at the right time and by the right team’.
The Business Council of Australia is calling for urgent bipartisan support to ensure the Productivity Commission’s aged care reform recommendations are realised quickly.
Some great ideas, some interesting thoughts but a bit more detail in a few areas would help, says expert PC panel.
CHA says the uncertainty surrounding the proposed primary healthcare organisations is getting in the way of aged care planning.