"Australia’s aged-care system is in a state of a disaster. The aged care royal
commission’s final report, released last month, is just the latest in a
decades-long string of depressing reports and inquiries exposing horrific
abuse, neglect, and systemic failures.
Aged care needs a complete overhaul. Piecemeal reform will not be enough.
Although the two commissioners didn’t agree on everything, they did agree on
the fundamental reforms needed to throw out the old paradigm of rationed care,
which has left too many older Australians with inadequate care — or none at
In a new Grattan Institute report, we navigate the commissioners’ disagreements
and identify four key criteria for transformational change.
Of course, fixing aged care won’t come cheap. We also set out some ideas as to
how the government could secure the billions of additional dollars needed every
year to fund a better aged-care system. In this regard, next month’s federal
budget offers a crucial opportunity for the government to step up."
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics