The organisation of risk: how do dementia care providers adapt to regulation?

20 February 2018

By Ashley Carr and Simon Biggs, 2018

The relationship between regulation, care provision and risk has been an area of continuing policy debate. How dementia care providers handle regulation contributes to the quality of dementia care and the monitoring and enforcement of care standards.

This research included mapping the regulatory environment and interviewing managers and care workers at provider organisations to understand how they respond to regulation and balance risk management with person-centred care.

This is the final report of a study undertaken by researchers from the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the University of Melbourne. The research is an activity of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC), a national initiative funded jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Alzheimer’s Australia, which supports the Consumer Dementia Research Network (CDRN), and three aged care industry partners—Brightwater Care Group, HammondCare and Helping Hand Aged Care.

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Four short research insights from the study have also been published:

Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2016, The role of regulation in aged and dementia care (PDF, 198 KB)

Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2016, Exploring regulatory clusters in dementia care (PDF, 382 KB)

Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2017, Organisational levels, strategies and design in the regulation of dementia care (PDF, 243 KB)

Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2017, Misattention and problem solving in interactions between care workers and dementia care residents (PDF, 239 KB)

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