Health Consumers NSW and the Older Women’s Network NSW have worked together to investigate the prevalence of ageism in health care, and how older people experience the discrimination they face.
A survey was carried out, as well as in-depth interviews. An analysis of the results show that older people are impacted by ageism in the health care sector, and the consequences can be debilitating.
Case studies are also presented based on in-depth interviews in the report. They show how ageist attitudes contribute directly to the type of care they receive, and points to the need for us all to reflect on our practices and attitudes.
It is imperative that we do so to ensure that all older people receive the health care they deserve.