More to Intergenerational Report 2015 than doom and gloom

The 2015 Intergenerational Report released today highlights a triumph of public health, says Dr Stephen Judd, Chief Executive of leading health and aged care provider, HammondCare. Full video interview below

“This report shows all those kids in playgrounds in the 50s will live a long life and is a story of the triumph of our public health system,” Dr Judd said.

More services at home

He said the significant increase in the number of Australians aged over 85 and 100 years by 2045 would mean more services, including aged care, delivered in the home.

“We have to do a better job in delivering services like palliative care and sub-acute services for older people in the environment of their choice – more often than not in their own home.”

Ageing is not just about aged care

Dr Judd said aged care expenditure should not be considered the major budgetary issue of the report: "The amount we spend on aged care is very small – less than one per cent of GDP – much much less than what we spend on defence and health.”

Dr Judd pointed out that, “Two out of three people aged over 70 will never need age care. But 100 per cent of people will go to a pharmacy for prescribed medication or for radiology or pathology tests – this is by far the main area we should be looking at to make savings.”

Active ageing needs early intervention

He said Australia’s ageing population highlighted the need for positive or ‘active ageing’ where early intervention was paramount.

“We must ensure we support people before they need hospital or rehab, so they can stay at home and live out their older years in a positive way,” Dr Judd said.

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