Community Care in Australia

Keleher, Helen 2003, Community Care in Australia, Home health care management and practice, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 367-374, doi: 10.1177/1084822303252394.

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Title Community Care in Australia
Author(s) Keleher, Helen
Journal name Home health care management and practice
Volume number 15
Issue number 5
Start page 367
End page 374
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1084-8223
Keyword(s) Community care
primary health care
Summary Access and equity are guiding principles for community care in Australia. Community care in Australia is universally provided through Australia's Medicare system, which assures all people access to needed services. The largest community care system, the Home and Community Care Program (HACC), serves frail older and disabled people. The HACC program is undergoing steady reform to provide more seamless transitions of care for people from home care to residential care whether permanent or for respite purposes. Community health services provide a wide range of center-based and outreach services that any person may access and that are provided on the basis of need. Nevertheless, pressures for greater privatization of services cause tensions, and access is jeopardized further by shortages, particularly in rural areas, of aged care nurses, allied health personnel, and medical practitioners.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1084822303252394
Field of Research 111708 Health and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Sage Publications
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