Aged Care - Whose Responsibility? Graycar, Adam en_US 2021-11-25T16:09:06Z 2021-11-25T16:09:06Z 1982 en_US
dc.description.abstract In March 1982, as a contribution to Senior Citizens' Week, the University of New South Wales sponsored an open symposium under the title "Age Care Whose Responsibility?". The symposium was attended by approximately 200 people and the papers presented that evening were both informative and provocative. The papers are not definitive statements about research findings, but rather reflect interests and concerns of the authors, and they highlight a small part of contemporary debates in social gerontology. As four papers given by four individuals there was, of course, no attempt to develop a unified theme. This is evident, for example, in the way in which the political dimensions of public allocations are discussed. The opening paper makes the point that if ageing is seen as a problem, it is a political problem, first and foremost, and we have not yet understood how to legitimize the claims made by elderly people and find a political resolution of allocative mechanisms. The second paper points out that allocations are the result of partisan political debate and as such are subject to uncertainty, which can breed fear among aged people whose options are limited. Jamrozik suggests as a possible solution the establishment of an Income Maintenance Commission which would operate outside party political boundaries. In the third paper, Peter Sinnett goes a step further and argues strongly for the depoliticization of provisions in health and welfare. He argues that the strongest groups, the most articulate and those able to express their interests win in the political stakes, at the expense of the most disadvantaged and also at the expense of equitable co-ordinated services. What we need, says Sinnett, is moral leadership, not political leadership. Ian Webster's paper examines the creation of dependency, and his inverse law of need again highlights the political dimension of resource allocation. The "law" states that (a) for the individual, access to services decreases with increasing needs (unmet need is compounded), (b) for communities, the number of aged persons in need is inversely proportional to services provided. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 858232472 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Welfare Research Centre en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Reports and Proceedings en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Aged Care en_US
dc.subject.other Australia en_US
dc.subject.other Income Support en_US
dc.subject.other Health Services en_US
dc.subject.other Social Services en_US
dc.title Aged Care - Whose Responsibility? en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.description.notePublic Edited by Adam Graycar. CONTENTS: ‘Ageing in Australia: Overview and Social Policy’ by Adam Graycar, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. ‘Ageing and Income Support’ by Adam Jamrozik, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. ‘Health and Social Services for the Elderly’ by Peter Sinnett, Professor of Geriatrics, University of New South Wales. ‘Old People Who Miss Out’ by lan Webster, Head, School of Community Medicine, University of New South Wales. en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 20 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Graycar, Adam, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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