Ageing, Globalization and Policy Coordination in Aged Care: The Case of Australian Aged Care Reform
As aging became a global phenomenon the United Nations issued a directive to coordinate policy development internationally. This paper analyzes the means by which coordination in aged care is realized, drawing on three major policy documents to signify policy coordination at the international, national and local levels. Burke’s perspective of 'dramatism' is used to identify underlying motive in the policy documents by analyzing word functions in relation to the speaker, method and purpose. The article concludes that many of the concerns at the international level are constructed out of the rhetoric of 'global aging', bringing together population aging, liberalization and information technology. The new spin on aging, posed as a problem requiring a 'coordinated' response, has added new precepts at the national (Australia) and local (Queensland) policy development. Policy reform in aged care is justified by the principle of 'aging in place', or the creation of organized service delivery systems to enable flexible services across the spectrum of health and aged care. Consequently, various levels of governance must adapt to the new policy instrument that relies heavily on technology for coordination, resulting in higher expectations of efficiency and standardization of practice.
Keywords: Aged Care, Globalization, Policy Reform, Technology, Coordination, Standardization
Dr. Rahimah Ibrahim
Lecturer, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Faculty of Human Ecology