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Contested Housing Landscapes? Social Inclusion, Deinstitutionalisation and Housing Policy in Australia

Bostock, Lisa;, Gleeson, Brendan, McPherson, Ailsa, Pang, Lillian,

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Deinstitutionalisation is represented as a major step toward social inclusion through the resettlement of disabled people residing in segregated large-scale institutions into community-based homes. In Australia, debates on community care have tended to focus on the location and nature of non-housing supports for people leaving dependent care. This focus, however, overlooks the fact that deinstitutionalisation involves a radical rehousing of people in care.

This paper explores the character and implications of deinstitutionalisation in Australia as a rehousing process. It is based on a recent national research project that has examined the housing futures of people with intellectual disabilities who have been, or will be, deinstitutionalised. The paper considers the increasingly divergent socio-political perspectives that have emerged in recent discussions about social inclusion, institutional reform and independent living and their implications for housing and community care policies.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Australian Journal of Social Issues

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Housing and the built environment, Health and wellbeing

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