Balancing stability and change: Lessons on policy responsiveness and turbulence in the disability care sector

Gemma Carey, Eleanor Malbon, Megan Weier, Gordon Duff

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    Care systems worldwide regularly undergo reforms and adjustments in the hope of system improvements. In many ways this can align with calls for governments to be more ‘adaptive’ and ‘agile’ to changing care demands. However, such continued adaptations can create turbulence for the care sectors in question. In this article, we examine the large-scale reform of the Australia National Disability Insurance Scheme and the impact of a series of adaptations on the disability care sector in Australia. We find that the disability sector in Australia is experiencing turbulence and a lack of clarity about the rules regarding the programme, resulting in increased administrative burden and financial pressures. Such turbulence has flow-on effects on the level of care that is able to be accessed by people with disability in Australia.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1307-1314
    JournalHealth and Social Care in the Community
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

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