Is Australia over‐reliant on residential aged care to support our older population?

Suzanne M Dyer and Dominic Tilden
Med J Aust 2021; 215 (1): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51129
Published online: 5 July 2021

In reply: We welcome the discussion of the international comparisons of the Australian aged care system by Gibson — an issue that warrants considerable attention. It is complex to get an accurate picture of Australia’s aged care system in comparison to other nations. Data published by the Organisation for Economic Co‐operation and Development (OECD) are constrained by the data provided, but were used in our research conducted for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety as a broad indicator for the purpose of such comparisons.1

  • 1 Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA
  • 2 THEMA Consulting, Sydney, NSW



The original article was based on work funded by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. Suzanne Dyer received a salary from a grant from the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, which included aged not‐for‐profit care provider partners.

Competing interests:

Dominic Tilden is owner and director of a private health economics consultancy that provides services to multiple pharmaceutical and devices companies but not to aged care providers.


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