Evaluating the impact of aged care policy reforms

Evaluating the impact of aged care policy reforms

This program of research investigates the impact of national reforms such as consumer-directed care. This includes obtaining views of frontline staff on the effect of a changing policy landscape, direct observation of changes in staff work activities, and policy briefs synthesising evidence on the impact of aged care reforms.

Dr Mikaela Jorgensen from the ACER team has released an issues brief examining the impact of recent home care reforms on older Australians, the aged care workforce, and the wider health system.

Dr Jorgensen’s work was supported by the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association (AHHA), and Brisbane North and North Western Melbourne Primary Health Networks, through a Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship at the Deeble Institute for Health Policy Research.

The issues brief has received significant national interest, including with peak aged care bodies, senior policy advisers and parliamentarians.

Dr Mikaela Jorgensen (third from left) at the Sidney Sax Medal dinner where she was awarded the Jeff Cheverton Memorial Scholarship.

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