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Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (2011)

2010-11 report on the operation of the Aged Care Act 1997.

Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing

The report provides an overview of expenditure for ageing and aged care during the 2010-11 financial year as well as more detailed information on the Australian aged care system. Specifically, the report reviews progress under the main areas of aged care planning; information, needs assessment and community support; aged care services (community, residential and flexible care); quality in aged care; regulation and compliance; complaints investigation scheme; and support for people with special needs including people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The report suggests that further reform of the Australian aged care system will remain a priority for government with a focus on a more integrated approach to reform as well as suggestions that there will be substantial changes to the way the aged care sector is funded in the future.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Productivity Commission (2011)

Caring for older Australians: Inquiry report.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission

The Caring for older Australians: inquiry report follows the Government's request for the Productivity Commission to develop detailed options for redesigning Australia's aged care system in order to meet the challenges facing it in coming decades. The report includes the Commission's recommendations along with a summary of the reforms proposed based on consultations with older Australians, their carers, aged care providers, government agencies and other interested parties. The report also provides an overview of the diversity in the demand for aged care services with a chapter on evaluating how well aged care services are being delivered in ways that meet the needs and preferences of clients from specific groups, including Indigenous people. Principles of a reformed aged care system identified as critical to the establishment of culturally secure services specific to Indigenous Australians included factors relevant to attracting and retaining Indigenous workers to provide culturally appropriate services, use of culturally appropriate assessment tools, and support to develop service capacity appropriate to meet Indigenous clients specific needs.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract

Productivity Commission (2011)

Caring for older Australians: Productivity Commission inquiry report overview.

Melbourne: Productivity Commission


NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (2009)

Towards 2030: 1st year progress report.

Sydney: NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous Programs) (2009)

Performance audit of residential aged care for Indigenous Australians.

Canberra: Australian National Audit Office

This report highlights the objectives, findings and recommendations of the assessment by the Office of Evaluation and Audit (Indigenous programs) of residential aged care services provided to older Indigenous Australians under the Australian government's flexible and mainstream programs. The audit found that the flexible program had the ability to adapt to the varied needs of elderly Indigenous people, but that documentation on the operations of the program, provision of guidelines and ongoing assessment since its inception were limited. The mainstream program was considered intrusive by some people during the assessment stage for aged care eligibility, even though the accreditation standards for aged care facilities do have culturally sensitive provisions. The mainstream program acknowledged the age difference for older Indigenous and non-Indigenous people (over 50 for Indigenous, compared to over 70 for non-Indigenous) but this was not planned for in funding arrangements for aged care placements for Indigenous people aged 50-69 years of age. The recommendations from the audit centred around the findings of the evaluation.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Parker R (2008)

Investigation report to the Hon Justine Elliot MP Minister for Ageing [Investigation into the death of a female Aboriginal elder at Tjilpi Pampaku Ngura (Docker River)].

Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing, Australia


LAMA Consortium (2007)

Helping Australians with dementia, and their carers.

Melbourne, Vic: La Trobe University

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