Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes new Health and Aged Care Ministers

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Media Release

1 January 2017

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the appointment of The Hon Greg Hunt MP to the role of Health Minister. 

National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC said Alzheimer’s Australia is looking forward to working closely with Minister Hunt on dementia, which is a National Health Priority that affects more than 353,800  Australians as well as their families and carers.

“Dementia is without question one of the biggest health issues facing Australia today. It is the second leading cause of death, with the number of people living with dementia expected to reach 900,000  by 2050,” Professor Samuel said.

Alzheimer’s Australia also welcomes the announcement that The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP has been appointed Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health. 

“We look forward to continuing to work with Minister Wyatt who has already contributed to the advancement of improving aged care in his previous role as Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care,” Professor Samuel said.

The Coalition Government has committed to addressing the social isolation and stigma experienced by people with dementia and their carers, by supporting dementia-friendly communities. Other key Coalition Government policy priorities include; creating more specialist dementia care units, working towards a real reduction in the level of elder abuse, improving aged care and continued funding and support for dementia research, particularly the establishment of the National Health and Medical Research Council National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR).  

“Given Australia’s ageing population, the focus on research is crucial to provide better treatment options for people with dementia and to hopefully one day find a cure. At the same time, there is a critical need for better targeted support and more responsive dementia services within all our communities.

“Alzheimer’s Australia is looking forward to working closely with the newly appointed Ministers to provide support which will lead to better outcomes for people with dementia and their families and carers,” Professor Samuel said.

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Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

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