Developing and communicating knowledge to improve the provision of paid care services.
Paying those who provide care to others is now essential for supporting those unable to care for themselves. Whether we think of care for children, the aged, or people with disabilities, the proportion of care provided by paid carers is steadily increasing. Few people now are able to live full lives without the assistance of paid carers at some point, and many rely on paid care for long periods. Arrangements for securing paid carers range from the very informal (for example, babysitting organised through friends and acquaintances) to the highly formalised and bureaucratised (such as care for the elderly in residential aged care facilities supported by government funding). Governments spend billions of dollars in paying directly for care services or subsidising the costs of care.
This complex and rapidly changing world of paid care raises many new questions which inform our research.
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The Paid Care Research Network has recently established a network for postgraduate researchers -- for more information and to join, please see the Postgraduate Researchers members page.