date: Wednesday 26 August 2020
time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm AEST
It is often said that the true measure of any society can be found in how well it treats its most vulnerable members. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is currently placing a global spotlight on Australia and how we care for our most vulnerable older citizens. Shocking incidences of abuse and neglect have been highlighted. The aged care sector represents a multi-billion-dollar industry, predominantly (80%) publicly funded and the quality of aged care is a concern for all Australians. Most younger Australians have parents and/or grandparents receiving aged care services, whilst middle aged and older Australians are currently receiving care or have an awareness that they may eventually be recipients of care. However, what constitutes quality of care in aged care from the perspective of the Australian population has not been investigated to date. This presentation focuses upon the methods and findings from a discrete choice experiment commissioned by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to investigate general population preferences for quality of care in aged care. The study was conducted with over 10,000 Australian adults aged 18-91 years, not currently receiving aged care services. The findings provide an important and timely societal perspective to inform aged care policy and practice in Australia and in other countries which share similar values, aspirations and circumstances.
Julie Ratcliffe is a Mathew Flinders Fellow and Professor of Health Economics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University. She is also the inaugural Health and Social Care Economics theme lead for the newly established Caring Futures Institute. Professor Ratcliffe has co-authored over 230 articles related to the economics of health and social care policy appearing in leading medical and discipline specific journals including Journal of the American Medical Association, Age and Ageing, The Gerontologist and Health Economics. During the course of her career she has contributed to over 50 multi-disciplinary research projects including grants awarded by the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council as the lead investigator. Professor Ratcliffe holds honorary professorial appointments at the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow and the School of Health and related Research at the University of Sheffield. She is the current elected President of the Australian Health Economics Society (AHES) and has recently been appointed to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Council on Economic Policy.
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