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Where do Older Australians Die?

There is a new report available from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare that presents one method for identifying where older Australians die. Knowing where people die is an important first step towards planning and delivering palliative care, aged care and hospital services that support people’s needs and preferences towards the end of life. In this way, where people die can be considered as one marker for their end-of-life care needs. To date that information has been from multiple data sources.

Some of report data includes:

  • For people aged 85 and over, residential aged care was the most common place of death (50%), followed by hospital (40%).
  • Of older people who were living in residential aged care in the week before death, 79% died there.
  • Of older people not living in residential aged care in the week before death, 71% died in hospital.

You can read more about and download the report HERE.


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