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Title: Conflicting Agendas: The Politics of Sex in Aged Care
Contributor(s): Rahn, Alison  (author)orcid ; Jones, Tiffany  (author); Bennett, Cary  (author)orcid ; Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstract: Despite legal protections, couples in Australian residential aged care facilities experience institutional interference in their intimate and sexual relationships. Panoptic surveillance remains widespread in aged care. Little attention is given to privacy. Some residents' doors are kept open at all times. Couples may be separated or provided with single beds only, unable to push them together. Staff frequently enter without knocking, commonly ignore 'do not disturb signs' and often gossip about residents. This culture has its origins in colonial institutions. Attempts at legislative reform to redress this situation have been met with mixed responses, with the most vociferous opposition coming from religious conservatives. A recurrent source of conflict is the tension between the 'rights' of religious and political institutions versus those of individuals. This article identifies systemic issues faced by partnered aged care residents, their historical origins, and the legislation that is designed to protect residents. Using a thematic analysis methodology, it reviews political debates in the past 40 years, in both federal Parliament and newspapers, and provides a critical analysis of recurrent themes and ideologies underpinning them. It concludes with recommendations for legislation that is consultative and 'person-centred' and recommends proscriptive privacy protections. Adoption of these ideas in future policy reforms has the potential to create more positive outcomes for partnered aged care residents.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Elder Law Review, 10(1), p. 1-24
Publisher: University of Western Sydney
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1447-025X
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111702 Aged Health Care
160805 Social Change
160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420301 Aged health care
441004 Social change
441001 Applied sociology, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920502 Health Related to Ageing
940103 Ageing and Older People
940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200502 Health related to ageing
230102 Ageing and older people
230113 Structure, delivery and resourcing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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