Ann Geriatr Med Res.  2018 Mar;22(1):9-19. 10.4235/agmr.2018.22.1.9.

The Australian Aged Care and Its Implications for the Korean Aging Crisis

  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Seoul Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of General Medicine, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 3Department of Geriatric Medicine, Royal Perth Hospital, University of Western Australia Medical School, Perth, Australia.
  • 4WA Centre for Health and Ageing, Centre for Medical Research, Perth, Australia.


The Australian aged care system has evolved for >50 years to support frail older adults and allow them to make informed decisions about their care. Hospitals provide streamlined geriatric services from visits at the Emergency Department to discharges from acute and subacute geriatric care units. Moreover, nonhospital aged care services, including Transition Care Program, Commonwealth Home Support Program, Home Care Packages Program, and Residential Care (nursing home) are provided under the auspices of the Australian Government. These various specialized hospital and nonhospital services are integrated and coordinated by the multidisciplinary assessment team called ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team). Korea does not have a similar amount of time to prepare a well-organized aged care system because of a rapidly increasing older population. The Korean government and aged care experts should exert vigorous efforts to improve the last journeys of the Korean older population.


Australia; Health services for the aged; Homes for the aged; Home Care Services; Korea

MeSH Terms

Emergency Service, Hospital
Frail Elderly
Health Services for the Aged
Home Care Services
Homes for the Aged
Transitional Care
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