• Fixing aged care workforce shortages

    Open Forum     |      March 8, 2024

    The federal government must lift pay and improve housing affordability to fix the critical workforce shortage in aged care, according to Catholic Health Australia.

  • All welcome to country

    Max Thomas     |      November 27, 2023

    A mantra paying respect exclusively to past, present and emerging Indigenous Elders is an incomplete and exclusive gesture when we should be respecting and caring for all our older citizens.

  • Monitoring aged care

    Open Forum     |      April 5, 2023

    South Australian aged care providers can now access an individualised quality and safety monitoring report to measure their performance and compare results with other facilities around the nation.

  • Overseas recruitment won’t solve the aged care worker crisis

    Hal Swerissen     |      August 27, 2022

    Importing more aged care workers from abroad won’t be enough to ease the staffing crisis in Australia’s residential care homes.

  • Can private insurance help fund Australia’s aged care?

    Victoria Tichá     |      July 20, 2022

    Private insurance to fund aged care services could deliver the higher quality care Australians are demanding, but there are potential drawbacks.

  • Back to the future

    Open Forum     |      June 17, 2022

    Virtual reality is usually seen as an interest of young people, but a toolkit to help aged care facilities integrate virtual reality into the lives of residents was recently been released by an Australian university.

  • Seven sustainable solutions for aged care

    Victoria Tichá     |      May 14, 2022

    A balance between public and private financing is needed to achieve sustainable aged care funding models, says UNSW Business School’s Michael Sherris.

  • Only 3.8% of Australian aged care homes would meet new mandatory minimum staffing standards

    Nicole Sutton     |      October 5, 2021

    Substantial increases in staffing will be needed across the aged care sector, placing more pressure on an industry already struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of Australians.

  • Building on reforms to aged care

    Julia Sarant     |      May 22, 2021

    The Federal budget is a promising step in the right direction, but more is needed to achieve the high standard of aged care Australia has the capacity to provide, and older Australians deserve.

  • Competition isn’t improving the aged care sector

    Ou Yang     |      April 24, 2021

    A new study finds more competition isn’t associated with better quality of care or lower prices in aged care, prompting policy reform to address sources of market failures.

  • Fixing aged care

    Stephen Duckett     |      April 20, 2021

    The royal commission on aged care released its final report last month and the next budget offers an opportunity for the government to act and fix a broken system. 

  • Aged care residents enter virtual reality

    Open Forum     |      December 24, 2020

    A new trial of virtual reality headsets with aged care residents show how the technology can help help stimulate interest and overcome apathy in older people.