The Aged Care Services Industry in Regional Australia: Will it cope with the tsunami to come?

Jennifer Sappey, Zelma Bone, Roderick Duncan

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Abstract

This paper reports on a pilot project (still in progress at the time of ANZAM submission) to map the aged care industry in the Bathurst regional area of Central West New South Wales. The purpose of the project is to inform the future efforts of government, community based providers (CBPs) and private agencies in the sustainable development of the aged care industry. Early data suggest that the fragmented industry structure of CBPs, funded through asynchronous, disjointed state and federal funding programs, will be unable to respond to the increased demand for aged care services over the next decade. Initial findings also suggest that market tensions between CBPs and commercial providers will increase as they engage in competitive tendering for state and federal funding, and directly compete for scarce labour in a very tight regional labour market. This paper explores these issues through a case study of a regional city (Bathurst), a nearby regional town (Blayney) and a rural village (Wattle Flat). The study draws on: interviews with community based service providers, commercial providers, seniors' organisations, and local, state and federal government agencies; and, focus groups with seniors (aged 60+ years) in each of the localities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st ANZAM conference
Subtitle of host publicationManaging our intellectual and social capital
EditorsRoss Chapman
Place of PublicationSydney, Australia
PublisherANZAM
Pages1-19
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)1863081402
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference - Sydney, Australia, Australia
Duration: 04 Dec 200707 Dec 2007

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference
Country/TerritoryAustralia
Period04/12/0707/12/07

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