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Population ageing and the politics of demographic alarmism : implications for the nursing profession

Johnstone, Megan-Jane and Kanitsaki, Olga 2009, Population ageing and the politics of demographic alarmism : implications for the nursing profession, Australian journal of advanced nursing, vol. 26, no. 3, pp. 86-92.

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Title Population ageing and the politics of demographic alarmism : implications for the nursing profession
Author(s) Johnstone, Megan-Jane
Kanitsaki, Olga
Journal name Australian journal of advanced nursing
Volume number 26
Issue number 3
Start page 86
End page 92
Total pages 7
Publisher Australian Nurses Federation
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 0813-0531
1447-4328
Keyword(s) Population ageing
public policy
social justice
advocacy
nurses
Australia
Summary Objectives
This article provides a brief examination of the prejudices and politics framing current public debate on population ageing in Australia and the possible implications of this for the allocation of required health and social sector resources. The role and responsibility of nurses and professional nursing organisations to engage in and influence public policy debate concerning the health and social care of older people is highlighted.

Setting
Australia

Subjects
Australia's ageing population and succeeding generations over the next 40 years

Primary argument
According to the Australian government, population ageing in Australia is poised to cause unmanageable chaos for the nation's public services. The cost of meeting the future health and social care needs of older Australians is predicted to be unsustainable. Officials argue that government has a stringent responsibility to ration current and future resources in the health and social care sector, cautioning that if this is not done, the nation's public services will ultimately collapse under the strain of the ever increasing demands placed on these services by older people. This characterisation of population ageing and its consequences to the nation's social wellbeing may however be false and misleading and needs to be questioned.

Conclusion
The nursing profession has a fundamental role to play in ensuring responsible debate about population ageing and contributing to public policy agenda setting for the effective health and social care of Australia's ageing population.

Notes Cover date : March-May 2008
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Australian Nurses Federation
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019466

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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