Verso provides aged care planning services to providers of all shapes and sizes. We work collaboratively with government entities to develop age friendly plans and housing solutions. We support aged care providers to articulate plans for future investments and service expansion.
Our aged care planning encompasses demographic analysis, community and stakeholder consultations, market (competitor) scans and over 15 years’ industry knowledge.
The Verso team has demonstrated specialist skills and resources in aged care planning, aged care reforms and their implications and possesses a current, national perspective. In addition, Verso has undertaken unique longitudinal studies across Australian aged care planning regions, providing insights into growth opportunities and market dynamics.
We are committed to ensuring older people living in rural and remote areas across Australia are provided with high quality care and services. Recent planning projects have seen our consultants travel to the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, regional New South Wales and the Southern Region of Tasmania.
Verso brings to its work a realistic appreciation of the issues which may be encountered in providing responsive aged care services. We place a high priority on extensive and structured consultations in developing a real world understanding of local issues and also as an opportunity to inform community audiences and groups about possible practical and viable options for future service provision.
Our key finding from our comprehensive body of work spanning more than a decade of research-based service planning is that a “one size fits all” approach is not an option in rural, disadvantaged or Aboriginal communities. Each region has a unique set of unmet needs, service constraints and demographic drivers requiring customised integrated service models. We have found that, once a full appreciation of local conditions is obtained, the Verso team can apply a deep understanding of government polices to develop viable and workable service model options.
Citations & References
Our work in aged care planning is respected by our peers and has been cited in the following academic documents and conference presentations:
- Aged and Community Services Australia (2015). Alternative models for delivering regional, rural and remote aged care services in remote communities: a history. Retrieved from www.agedcarevic.org.au/member…/alterative-models-for-rrr-communities.docx, accessed 2/8/16
- Aged Care (2014, September). Retrieved August 2, 2016, from http://www.wheatbelt.wa.gov.au/our-projects/aged-care/
- Aged Care Guide “$20 million to support WA’s regional aged care” August 2015, https://news.agedcareguide.com.au/2015/08/04/20-million-to-support-was-regional-aged-care/, accessed 2/8/16
- Western Australian Department of Regional Development. “Boost for regional aged care” (2015, September). In Your Region, Ed 16, p 7. Retrieved from http://www.drd.wa.gov.au/Publications/Documents/In_Your_Region_September_2015.pdf, accessed 2/8/16
- Faircloth D and Sullivan B. “Developing An Integrated Aged Care Solution In Regional Australia – Opportunities And Challenges Of A Rapidly Ageing Population”. 2014. Presentation at Australian Regional Development Conference, Albury
- Faircloth D. “Developing a sustainable model of rural and regional aged care services”. 2010. Presentation at Aged and Community Services Australia National Conference, Hobart
- Government of Western Australia “$20 million to support regional aged care” 31/7/2015, https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/Barnett/2015/07/$20-million-to-support-regional-aged-care-.aspx, accessed 2/8/16
- Great Southern Development Commission (2015). 2014-2015 Annual Report of the Great Southern Development Commission. Retrieved from http://www.gsdc.wa.gov.au/sites/www.gsdc.wa.gov.au/files/pdf/GSDC%20Annual%20Report%202014-2015.pdf, accessed 2/8/16