Voluntary agencies and aged care
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Significant and monumental changes have taken place in the recent past in the structure of Australia's population, in the needs exhibited and expressed by the population, and in the methods used to attend to those needs. Australia's population is ageing slowly. All persons, elderly and non-elderly alike make claims for allocations, which affect their well being, on four institutions - the state, the family, employers and the local community. There are four main delivery systems: the statutory system provided by the government; the commercial system; the informal system of care from family, friends and neighbours; and the non-government welfare sector, sometimes called the voluntary sector.
Speech presented at the Uniting Church National Aged Care Conference, Melbourne, August 1984 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/