Ensuring that all older Australians are able to age well is an important goal for individuals, communities and governments. An increased consumer voice within a marketised economy provides the backdrop to current policies.

Consumer directed care and other policy reforms have put aged care in the midst of major change. It is important to understand how government engages with and attempts to control a mixed economy of care from a distance, as well as how the growing voice of consumers will shape the range and delivery of services. Our research examines how consumer directed care enables user voice and choice, and how responses to regulation influence the effectiveness of services.

Current research

The effects of regulation on aged care services for people with cognitive decline

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

This is one of two projects funded through the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and led by Professor Simon Biggs of the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood’s Research and Policy Centre.

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Recent projects

Networks of care: valuing social capital in community aged care services

This pilot research project used network mapping to gain understanding of the utility and value of social capital, in the form of networks and links, to community aged care service provision.

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Social inclusion, capabilities and older Australians

This research developed a framework for identifying capabilities and enhancing social inclusion of older Australians.

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Knowhow for later life

This study asked older Australians what knowhow they think is needed and how they prefer to acquire it. 

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