Aging issues and policies in Australia

Soar, Jeffrey (2013) Aging issues and policies in Australia. In: Global aging issues and policies: understanding the importance of comprehending and studying the aging process. Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd., Springfield, IL. United States, pp. 295-311. ISBN 978-0-398-08866-8

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Abstract

Australia, along with many other countries, is experiencing demographic changes that are resulting in an increasing percentage of older people in the population. These changes are additional to the population surge known as the 'baby boomers.' Other factors producing demographic change are that Australians are living longer, the family size is decreasing, and women are having their first child much later in life. Issues arising from aging populations
include providing 'aged-friendly' work-places and opportunities for older people to continue to work and otherwise maintain financial independence, an increased incidence of chronic illnesses, and growing demands for
health care support. Aged and community care services have yet to embrace the potential of new technology and most services are labor-intensive. The usage of technological innovation will boost improvements in efficiency and productivity. The incidence of adverse events amongst the elderly population is massive and many of these could be reduced, or be more efficiently managed with technology. These issues include falls, medication errors, incontinence, cognitive decline, social isolation, depression, and many other health needs. In Australia, community care involves a considerable amount of travel to visit clients. This need for travel could be reduced through the adoption of available Telehealth and Telecare technology.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Information Systems
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2013 03:59
Last Modified: 02 May 2017 00:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: ageing; aging; technology; Australia; telecare; telehealth; innovation
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111711 Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080699 Information Systems not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920502 Health Related to Ageing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23682

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