Aged care elevation to cabinet sends strong message to Australians  

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Dementia Australia welcomes changes to the federal government’s Ministry that sees the aged care portfolio elevated as a cabinet priority. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said she looked forward to continuing to work with the Hon Greg Hunt MP as Minister for Health and Aged Care and Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, responsible for aged care services.   

“We are pleased that the aged care portfolio, including the response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, has been prioritised by the federal government,” Ms McCabe said. 

“This demonstrates a solid commitment to aged care and will hopefully lead to more resource and capacity to deal with the challenges faced in the aged care sector.  

“Recent dementia prevalence data suggests that more than two thirds of all people living in residential aged care have moderate to severe cognitive impairment[1]. 

“With the COVID-19 pandemic further highlighting the longstanding systemic gaps in dementia care, more needs to be done to ensure quality care for all.  

“The needs of people living with dementia will continue to grow and so will the expectations of their families, carers and the broader community. By 2058, it is predicted that people living with dementia will increase to almost 1.1 million. 

“We are optimistic this change will increase focus on the sector and look forward to working closely with the government to improve the health, care and lifestyle outcomes and experiences for people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, and their families and carers.” 

Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you. 

For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available and the Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit dementia.org.au  

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 [1] Aged Care Royal Commission - Research Paper 8 – International and National Quality and Safety Indicators for Aged Care