Occupational Therapy Models And Practice

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Living longer, living better is a policy designed by the Gillard Government in 2012 which aims to firstly combat the provision of the ageing population, and secondly to facilitate the enablement of the older population to live a higher quality of life and promote a positive ageing experience. Active ageing refers to the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age. This new aged care reform has multiple target populations including older individuals, carers, and aged care providers. The policy also targets employers by supporting them to enable older adults to remain in the workforce for longer, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex community, veterans and Indigenous Australians. This essay will cover a background into this policy including a historical perspective. The essay will also highlight the key messages within this policy and will draw on and relate to occupational therapy models and practice. This essay will also include the relation of the policy to the health promotion principles.

The Australian Government has identified that Australia’s population is ageing (Department of Health and Ageing, 2012). Rather than viewing this changing shift as an inconvenience due to the affect that ageing will have on labour supply, economic output, infrastructure requirements and governments’ budgets, the government has taken

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