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A Profile of Respite Service Providers in New South Wales

Chan, Jeffrey B.,

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This study examined the profile of respite services in the Australian state of New South Wales and explored respite providers’ views of the factors influencing respite use, and their expectations of respite services, including delivery.

Data were analysed from a 107‐item survey completed by 90 respite service providers who were members of the peak respite service association in New South Wales. The views of respite support a strong argument for respite service funding to be flexible, responsive to the needs of carers and to be consumer‐driven. Appropriate staff training remains an important issue. The findings suggest that many respite providers have significant experience in running a respite service. There is scope for respite providers to consider support for carers. The development of a tool to determine predictors of respite use and non‐use may be beneficial for resource allocation and planning.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : International Journal of Disability, Development and Education

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing, Sector development and sustainability

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