Investigators: Prof Julie Byles, Ms Nicole Mealing (CI).

This project aim was to explore the factors that enhance the likelihood that older people will “age in place”, and stay living independently for as long as possible. These factors being financial resources; good relationships with family and friends; supportive home and neighbourhood environments; physical and mental health status; availability of informal support; and access to support services. The project involved linking data from the 45 and Up Study baseline questionnaire with records from the NSW Home and Community Care Program Minimum Dataset (HACC MDS) and NSW Admitted Patient Data Collection (APDC). Analyses explored who uses HACC services in NSW and why, and the relationships between use of HACC and hospital inpatient services.