- Title: Mrs
- Position: PhD Student - Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
- Load: PhD Student Part Time
- Principal supervisor: Doctor Vicki Baard
- Associate supervisor: Doctor Ted Watts (Wollongong University)
- Date of submission: 08/11/2012
- Thesis title: Factors Influencing the Accreditation Process for Australian Residential Aged Care Homes: An Institutional Theory and Quality Perspective
- Abstract: Australia has a large ageing population due to low fertility rates and high life expectancy, leading to an increasing need for quality in Residential Aged Care Homes (RACHs). Accreditation is the process established by the Australian Government that an RACH must undertake to (1) demonstrate that it provides quality care and services for residents, and (2) receive subsidies from the government. The relationship between accreditation and the importance that RACHs devote to the accreditation system, however, is not clearly understood from the literature. This research uses institutional theory to analyse the influences of accreditation on RACHs, in terms of achieving legitimacy and/or improving levels of quality; it also determines the importance that RACHs assign to the standards of the accreditation process. Using an exploratory-descriptive research design with case studies, four low-level RACHs (two community-based and two charitable) in New South Wales, Australia, will be investigated.