During 2004-05, the Southern region had 89.1 operational aged care places per 1,000 persons aged 70 and over, followed by the Northern region with 88.4 places and the North Western region with 82.6 places. The Southern region also had the highest ratio of places allocated, at 98.8 places per 1,000 persons aged 70 and over.
The Community Aged Care Program supports people who are eligible for residential care but have a preference to stay at home. In 2004-05, the Northern region had 21.6 places per 1,000 persons aged 70 and over, followed by the Southern region with 18.3 places and the North Western region with 17.3 places.
The number of operational places differs from the number of places allocated primarily because of the time required to build accommodation for residential care. Providers are required to bring provisionally allocated places into operation within two years.
ALLOCATION AND OPERATIONAL AGED CARE PLACES (a)(b)(c) 2004-05
Ratio of Allocated Places
Ratio of Operational Places
|(a) The ratios are based on estimates of the population aged 70 and over, per 1000 persons.|
(b) The places include flexible care places.
(c) As at 30 June 2004.
(d) Community Aged Care packages and Extended Aged Care at Home packages.
(e) The sum total may differ due to the inclusion of individuals in transitional care.
Source: Department of Health and Ageing, Annual Report 2004-05.