The regional effect of the Consumer Directed Care Model for older people in Australia

Crawford School of Public Policy
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Event details

ACDE Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 04 May 2021


Online via Zoom


My (Michelle) Tran and Brenda Gannon, School of Economics, Centre for the Business and Economics of Health (CBEH), University of Queenland

Consumer Directed Care (CDC) is being embraced within Australia and internationally as a means to promote autonomy and choices in the delivery of health and community aged care services. While evaluation of CDC in Australia is growing, little is known about the spatial implications of such policy.

With differences in the utilisation of home care services across locations, the introduction of a national CDC program may affect different regions to different extents. We explore the regional effect of the CDC introduction on older Australians’ mental health using the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. We find that older adults’ mental health is worse after the introduction of the CDC in 2013. Moreover, older adults, who lived in the areas with higher utilisation of Home Care Packages, experienced worse mental stress than the same individuals who lived in the areas with lower utilisation of home care services.

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