By Jacqui Shilson-Josling
In a recent report by Lateline on the “aged care crisis” in Australia, revelations arose about the quality of care in facilities around the country. Common complaints included “being left in faeces and urine, rough treatment, poor nutrition, inadequate pain relief, verbal abuse, and untreated broken bones and infections”. With accusations of neglect and even abuse in our aged care system, questions arise as to who is best able to provide adequate care for our ageing population. This ongoing discussion is the focus of Debra King and Gabrielle Meagher’s book, Paid care in Australia: politics, profits, practices.