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Aged Care

Aged Care
Old Policies, New Problems


  • Author: Diane Gibson, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra
  • Date Published: April 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521559577

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  • The ageing of the population is a demographic phenomenon, a social problem and a policy issue. The increase in the numbers of aged and in the costs of supporting and caring for them have also brought increases in family care, in deinstitutionalisation of aged care services and in issues of quality and outcomes of care and consumer rights. The growing recognition of the feminisation of ageing also has significant social and policy consequences. In this 1998 book, Diane Gibson synthesises a wide range of material to provide an overview of these issues and policy responses worldwide. The book then looks in-depth at Australia, a country typical in the problems it faces, and a world leader in many of its solutions. Gibson also offers a more conceptual examination of theoretical implications and practical consequences. She elucidates debates in ways which will set new standards for aged care policy and practice worldwide.

    • Clearly written in accessible, non-technical style
    • Full of applications to and examples from a wide range of genuine public policy debates
    • Multi-disciplinary, crossing sociology, political science, gerontology, policy science, philosophy
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521559577
    • length: 266 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. What's the Problem?:
    1. The issues
    2. The Australian policy response
    Part II. What's the Practice?:
    3. De-institutionalisation and the aged care reform strategy
    4. The feminisation of ageing
    5. Regulating the quality of care
    6. Implementing user rights strategies
    Part III. Reconceptualising Problems, Reorienting Solutions:
    7. The 'problem of old women' redefined
    8. The Gordian knot: Defining outcomes
    9. Whose rights? Whose responsibility?
    10. The problem of dependency: Construction and reconstruction
    11. New problems, old solutions.

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    Diane Gibson, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Canberra

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