Aged care data opened up for researchers

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has gone live with its aged care data clearinghouse, which will act as a centralised repository of national aged care data.

Part of the 2012 Living Longer, Living Better package, the idea is to provide better support for aged care research and evaluation.

The data clearinghouse will provide statistical information on clients and services in a range of national programs and services, including residential aged care and community aged care packages.

Most of the institute's aged care information is already published as part of its regular surveys, and it also collates this information in data cubes. It publishes three regular reports on aged care, including a statistical overviews of aged care packages in the community and residential aged care, as well as one on the Transition Care Program that looks at older people leaving hospital.

As part of the clearinghouse, researchers will also be able to request customised data or statistics not covered by any of existing reports or online data.

The package also included funding for the capability to publish national aged care quality indicators on the My Aged Care website, part of the Aged Care Gateway plan.

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