Reforms to long-term care in Australia

A changing and challenging landscape

Authored by: Jane Mears

The Routledge Handbook of Social Care Work Around the World

Print publication date:  January  2018
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781472479457
eBook ISBN: 9781315612805
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Long-term care (LTC) touches the daily lives of millions of Australians: older people, informal carers and paid care workers. Historically, the primary providers of LTC, referred to as ‘aged care’ in Australia, were informal carers, mostly families and not-for profit care providers, with governments making a relatively small contribution. However, from the 1980s, the national government started to take on greater responsibility for funding and regulation of LTC, investing particularly in the expansion of home care services.

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