The Conversation is an independent news outlet with a monthly online readership of 10.6 million “engaged” users (64% will share the content they read on social media and 84% will discuss with friends).
Its stories are all contributed by Australia’s academic and research community with the goal of increasing public debate and understanding around specific issues – and this week its home care.
The publication has dedicated its latest newsletter to issues raised in last week’s Royal Commission hearings on aged care in the home.
In her Editor’s Note, Deputy Editor and Senior Health and Medicine Editor, Fron Jackson-Webb, called the home care structure “incredibly confusing” and said the coverage was intended to help readers “make sense of how the system works.”
The edition includes an explainer-style article featuring ten easy-to-understand charts on home care’s structure and funding, an opinion piece on the shortfall of home care packages, and an advice article for older Australians who want to stay in their homes as long as possible (and what they should do about it).
It also ends with six related articles on residential aged care – the central focus for the Commission’s first round of hearings.