With Twilight being one of the many organisations established in the early twentieth century, ‘An Australian Story: A History of Twilight Aged Care 1915-2015’ occupies a small space in telling the broader story of aged care in Australia.

Over the years, Twilight Aged Care has played an integral role in the lives of many thousands of people. This book draws on the available archives to explore some of their inspiring stories, and the stories of the inspiring individuals who played a fundamental role in its development.

Reviews of An Australian Story:

‘An Australian Story: A History of Twilight Aged Care 1915-2015’ is a thought provoking celebration story. This book is primarily about the historical development of an aged care service provider. Although people in the aged care industry will be interested in the story, many other readers interested in the history of society and the development and management of aged care services will find it a valuable read… It is relatively common for organisations to celebrate milestones with a historical publication. However, in this contribution Ringer has used historical illustrations that not only provide the reader with the history of the institution, but he has used personal illustrations that capture timing in history. He has managed to merge the political and social interfaces over a period and weave a historical managerial story that captures the reader’s attention.
– Dr. Eleanor Horton, Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Midwifery, Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service

“This is a story waiting to be told; the research, the wonderfully illustrated and photographed content is a must for anyone interested in the history of aged care through the early 1900s up to where aged care has evolved to today… the book chronicles the important role that women and the Twilight Committee played post first and second world wars in lobbying for, not only older women in need of housing and care, but also for all older Australian in general… for Twilight Aged Care this is a significant book for the organisation, for the aged care community and the community at large.”
– Dr. Susanne Macri AM, D.Hon (ACU), FCNA. Board Director and Advisor in Healthcare.

“The very best historians are sensitive to the wider cultural factors that impact on their subjects. At the same time they write in ways that engage their readers. Ron Ringer is such a historian. While recording the details of the founding and evolution of Twilight House in New South Wales since 1915, he is ever alert to the changing social, political and economic influences affecting founders, administrators and residents. No matter the changes, the abiding exemplary lesson of Twilight Aged Care over the decades for aged care services today is this: despite increasing financial pressures, respect for dignity of residents must remain paramount.”
– Dr. Gerald A. Arbuckle, SM, Ph.D. Author: Humanizing Healthcare Reforms (2013)

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