Cognition and decision-making in consumer-directed aged care markets

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

New consumer-directed care markets in Australia's aged care system could provide older people and their carers with more choice and control over the services they receive. However, for older people to enjoy the benefits of consumer-directed care, they need the capacities and resources to exercise meaningful choice and control. Differences in cognitive functioning and access to appropriate family support interact in the new service landscape to create or amplify inequalities in older people’s access to aged care services. This interdisciplinary project explores these inequalities and the potential role of families in mitigating them, and proposes policy solutions.

IDEAL CANDIDATE

The project brings together the concepts and methods of social policy, psychogeriatrics and neuroscience to advance understanding of inequalities generated by consumer-directed aged care markets, and policy solutions.
The ideal candidate will have a disciplinary background in neuroscience and demonstrated experience in/commitment to social sciences/policy. They will have skills in quantitative and qualitative methods. Clinical experience is desirable. Previous expertise in older people, care services or family care will be highly regarded.
They will also have a record of academic excellence and demonstrated capacity to produce high quality outputs. They will contribute to the thriving research environments at the Social Policy Research Centre (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences), the Australian Human Rights Institute where Hamilton leads the Gender Justice Programme, Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), the Faculty of Medicine, and the ARC Centre of Excellence on Population Ageing Research, on which Anstey is Deputy Director and Hamilton is Associate Investigator
Supervisory team
Myra
Hamilton

Arts & Social Sciences
Other
Carmelle
Peisah

Medicine
Psychiatry
Kaarin
Anstey

Science
Psychology
m.hamilton@unsw.edu.au