Report examines how Australians in aged care use health services

November 27, 2019

In the lead up to the Royal Commission Hearing in Canberra on 9-13 December, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released a first-time report examining the use of health services by older people using aged care.

Key findings from the report include:

  • people living in permanent residential aged care were less likely to present at an emergency department or have a hospital admission than people using community-based aged care.
  • people without any aged care were least likely to receive hospital care.
  • where people living in permanent care visited an ED, their presentations were most commonly due to injuries (accounting for 28 per cent of all presentations for this group).
  • people living in larger privately owned residential aged care facilities were more likely to have a higher number of GP attendances in the year than people in not-for-profit or government-run services. However, people in larger government-run services were most likely to have seen a GP at least once in the year.

The AIHW Report is available here.

More information on the Royal Commission hearing is available here.