Past Webinar Recordings

19 Feb 15

Community Aged Care Reforms in New Zealand and Australia

Australia is in the process of implementing reforms to its community aged care system. The New Zealand government has been promoting reforms in their aged care system - reformation of community care services for older people started in 2002 following the development of District Health Boards. The last decade has therefore, seen significant developments in the way in which home care is delivered to a point that institutionalisation rates have reduced significantly. The new model of support ‘restorative home support’ is very different to the more traditional method of delivery.

  • Are the learnings from New Zealand and other home care research here and around the world being used to shape our new system?
  • What are the key issues that face us going forward?
  • Are there particular issues in rural and remote areas? How can research help the Government ensure a system that achieves the best outcomes for the community?

A/Prof Low will give a brief update on community aged care reforms in Australia including the move to consumer directed care, consolidation of HACC services, and pathways to care (e.g. myagedcare gateway and assessment teams). She will discuss the amount of research evidence supporting the changes as well as major gaps in the research evidence relating to these reforms.

Prof Parsons will focus on the new model of care in New Zealand and specifically the contracting process that is involved from both a government and contract holder perspective. He will also address the more recent developments around capacity building within tertiary and secondary hospitals and the role community care has within this context.

Carole will discuss some of the unique challenges and barriers as well as many of the opportunities in working and delivering community services in rural and remote areas. The reforms affect not only individuals but often the whole of the community. How can we make this transition? What may need to be considered to make this sustainable, viable and a benefit to the community?

In this webinar, attendees will gain:

  • An overview of the reforms in New Zealand’s community aged care system and the evidence regarding the effectiveness of different components
  • An understanding of the key components in Australia’s community care reforms, their relationship to the current evidence base and the research questions going forward
  • An understanding of the particular difficulties of implementing the reforms in rural and remote areas

Hear from Leading Experts

A/Prof Lee Fay Low
Associate Professor in Ageing and Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney

Prof Matthew Parsons
Clinical Chair in Gerontology, a joint appointment between Waikato District Health Board & The University of Auckland

Carole Bain
General Manager Country Services, Silver Chain Group

Facilitated by: Prof Gill Lewin
Research Director, Silver Chain Group & Professor, Curtin University of Technology

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Event Date & Time: Thursday, 19 February 2015, 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEDT


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