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Size matters

New research raises important questions about optimum facility size and its links to efficiency and equity of access. Bigger is not necessarily better in aged care, especially for residents with special needs. That’s one of the major findings from a ...

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Changing hands

A number of facilities are up for grabs with several state governments planning sell-offs. But such moves can be politically costly. Megan Stoyles reports. The NSW government’s attempt to sell off 11 state-owned aged care facilities has stalled. The process, ...

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Aged care’s angels

From the kitchen to the activities room to the facility bus, volunteers are making a difference in aged care. Social commentators would have you believe the volunteer is a dying breed. These days, Australians aren’t interested or simply don’t have ...

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Much ado about nothing?

The much lauded handover of home and community care services to the Commonwealth appears to have stalled. Where did it all go wrong? And what does it mean for the reform agenda? Many are reading it as an ominous sign ...

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Industry finances in poor health: research

Further evidence of need for funding reform presented in new research papers. A greater ‘user-pays’ component is necessary to improve the viability of aged care, two new financial surveys of the sector have revealed. Client contributions in the form of ...

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