“The ageing of Australia’s population represents a significant challenge for aged care. New methods, techniques and evaluative frameworks are needed to overcome resource constraints while maximising the quality of life and wellbeing of older Australians. Our new quality of life instrument will be the first of its kind.”
The importance of quality of life to aged care consumers and their families was highlighted in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in 2020. Spending on aged care programs and services is expected to rise to $80 billion by 2054-2055 (AIHW).
Help decision-makers fund services and supports that maximise quality of life for older people.
Professor Julie Ratcliffe (Lead Investigator)
Dr Claire Hutchinson (Project Manager)
Dr Ruth Walker (Co-Investigator)
Dr Rachel Milte (Co-Investigator)
Ms Jenny Cleland (PhD Candidate)
Ms Alexandra Mudd (Research Assistant)
Professor Ian Cameron
Ms Candice McBain
Professor Emily Lanscar
ARC Linkage Grant - $406,665 + $180,000 industry partner contributions
Chief Investigator: Professor Julie Ratcliffe
Completion Due: 2023
Cleland, J., Hutchinson, C., McBain, C., Walker, R., Milte, R., Khadka, J. & Ratcliffe, J. (2020). Developing dimensions for a preference-based quality of life instrument for older people receiving aged care services in the community, Quality of Life Research, 1-11. doi:10.1007/s11136-020-02649-5
Khadka, J., Ratcliffe, J., Chen, G., Kumaran, S., Milte, R., Hutchinson, C., Savvas, S. & Batchelor, F. (2020). A new measure of quality of care in aged care: psychometric assessment, and validation of the Quality of Care Experience (QCE) questionnaire. Adelaide: Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University.
Ratcliffe J, Chen G, Khadka J, Kumaran S, Hutchinson C, Milte R, Savvas S, Batchelor F (2020). Australia’s aged care system: the quality of care experience and community expectations. Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University, South Australia.
Ratcliffe J, Chen G, Cleland J, Kaambwa B, Khadka J, Hutchinson C, Milte R (2020) Australia’s aged care system: assessing the views and preferences of the general public for quality of care and future funding. Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University, South Australia.
Professor Ian Cameron from the University of Sydney, Professor Emily Lanscar from the Australian National University, Ms Kate Swaffer from Dementia Alliance International, and Emeritus Professor Stuart Parker from the University of Newcastle, UK.
Helping Hand and ECH in SA, Presbyterian Aged Care in NSW and ACT, Uniting in NSW and ACT, and Uniting AgeWell in Victoria and Tasmania
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