News article published 23 August 2018


The August 2018 VOICE article Are nursing homes disappearing? contains an error.

The article quotes 273,503 as the number of nursing home residents for 2014-2015. This number should have been 231,255.

The article argues that usage of nursing homes is going down. While this is true for 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, there was an increase from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016.

It would have been better to compare nursing home places (rather than residents) with the Australian population over 70 in the article. This would have shown that in 2014-2015, the total number of nursing home places was 192,370. The next year that number rose 1.7 per cent to 234,931, in 2017 it rose 2.5 per cent to 239,379.

However, while the number of nursing home places rose 1.7 per cent in 2015 – 2016, the population aged 70 and over rose 3.4 per cent. That’s double.

In 2016 – 2017, when nursing home places increased by 2.5 per cent, the population 70 and over rose 4.8 per cent. That’s almost double.

Ed. apologises for this mistake.

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