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One in three Australian's aged over 65 are living in regional, remote and rural areas, according to recent data from the AIHW.

Fixing Australia’s ‘broken’ rural aged care system

Aged care policy experts are calling on the federal and state government to introduce a stewardship based model to fix the nation's rural, regional and remote aged care sector. 

Recent figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare show that over half of older Australians living outside of cities will travel hundreds of kilometres to access residential care.

Aged care policy expert and director of Nous Group, Nikita Weickhardt, says the government should harness local knowledge to help close the service gap leaving older generations behind.

“It’s not just about adding more beds, it’s about understanding the needs of the communities and the needs of the people living in these communities," Weickhardt told Aged Care Insite.

“The public are ready for change, the government is ready for change and I think providers are ready for change."

Weichardt joined Aged Care Insite to chat about reworking regional and rural aged care in 2022.

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