Challenges to children’s health care in an ageing Australia

Gary L Freed, Jillian R Sewell and Neil A Spike
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (8): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.11072
Published online: 17 October 2011

Will children be “crowded out” of non-acute and preventive care visits?

As a society ages, adults become a larger proportion of the population. However, in Australia, the demographic reality is that while children have become a smaller proportion of the population, their absolute number has increased modestly.1,2 Thus, solutions for the increased care requirements for older people cannot be intentionally or unintentionally associated with a diminution of the medical workforce required for children.

  • Gary L Freed1,2
  • Jillian R Sewell3
  • Neil A Spike4,5

  • 1 Australian Health Workforce Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich, USA.
  • 3 Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Victorian Metropolitan Alliance, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 5 Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.


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