The distribution of health services for older people in Australia: where does transition care fit?

Giles, LC, Halbert, JA, Gray, LC, Cameron, ID and Crotty, M (2009) The distribution of health services for older people in Australia: where does transition care fit?. Australian Health Review, 33 4: 572-582. doi:10.1071/AH090572

Author Giles, LC
Halbert, JA
Gray, LC
Cameron, ID
Crotty, M
Title The distribution of health services for older people in Australia: where does transition care fit?
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2009-11-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH090572
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 33
Issue 4
Start page 572
End page 582
Total pages 11
Editor Sandra Leggat
Place of publication Austraila
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Language eng
Subject 920502 Health Related to Ageing
111702 Aged Health Care
Abstract Introduction: The purpose of this study was to describe the distribution of hospital and aged care services for older people, with a particular focus on transition care places, across Australia and to determine the relationships between the provision of these services. Methods: Aggregation of health and aged care service indicators by Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) region including: public and private acute and subacute (rehabilitation and geriatric evaluation and management) hospital beds, flexible and mainstream aged care places as at 30 June 2006. Results: There was marked variation in the distribution of acute and subacute hospital beds among the 79 ACAT regions. Aged care places were more evenly distributed. However, the distribution of transition care places was uneven. Rural areas had poorer provision of all beds. There was no evidence of coordination in the allocation of hospital and aged care services between the Commonwealth and state/territory governments. There was a weak relationship between the allocation of transition care places and the distribution of health and aged care services. Discussion: Overall, the distribution of services available to older persons is uneven across Australia. While the Transition Care Program is flexible and is providing rural communities with access to rehabilitation, it will not be adequate to address the increasing needs associated with the ageing of the Australian population. An integrated national plan for aged care and rehabilitation services should be considered.
older people
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID 402791
Institutional Status UQ

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