Where to next for aged care reform?

03 December 2012

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Professor Kaarin Anstey is Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in the ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment.

Minister for Mental Health and Ageing The Hon. Mark Butler MP will be the keynote speaker at a special one-day forum tomorrow aiming to light the road ahead towards policy reform in Australian aged care.

The Aged Care Policy Dialogue, to be held at The Australian National University, will bring together leading Australian and international experts, policy makers, researchers and commentators to consider current and future challenges for this important policy area.

The event has been jointly organised by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR), the Crawford School of Public Policy in the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, and the Menzies Centre for Health Policy.

International speakers Dr Joshua Wiener, Program Director for Ageing, Disability and Long-term Care at health non-profit organisation RTI International, and Dr José-Luis Fernández from the London School of Economics and Political Science, will join Australian speakers including Professor Peter Shergold AC, Chair of the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council and Mike Woods, Deputy Chairman of the Productivity Commission. The event will also include talks from CEPAR Chief Investigators Professors Hal Kendig, Michael Sherris, Kaarin Anstey and Peter McDonald.

The dialogue comes in the wake of the Government’s recently-announced 10-year plan to reshape aged care following the Productivity Commission’s report into the sector. The report highlighted some of the challenges facing aged care including an ageing demographic and an increasing desire for independent living.

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