Aged care nursing in Australia
While most Asian nurses are not familiar with aged care nursing homes, next to hospitals, it is the largest employer of nurses in most western countries.
- There are almost 3,000 aged care homes in Australia caring for 155,000 residents.
- There are over 35,000 registered nurses caring for these residents.
- Almost 70% of these residents require a high level of care.
The majority of these facilities are privately owned.
- The Aged Care sector is not present in most Asian countries due to:
- lower life expectancy,
- home care by family members
- resulting in lower demand
- In Australia this segment is growing rapidly, as the population ages and requires more health services.
- In 2010 the proportion of people over 65 years of age will have reached 14.3%
- This compares with India where the proportion is 5.3%
- The average life expectancy in Australia is now the highest in the world at 82 years of age,
- This compares to India of 64.7 years.
- Ageing of the population will lead to a rapid increase in number of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) estimates the people with Dementia will increase from:
- 175,000 in 2003 to 465,000 in 2031,
- An increase of 265%
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