Discussing the palliative care needs of people living with dementia
Palliative Care Australia (PCA) and Dementia Australia have partnered with the Parliamentary Friends of Palliative Care and the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia today in Parliament House Canberra to bring attention to the palliative care needs of people living with dementia. Launching a suite of resources specifically designed to ensure they meet the needs of people living with dementia, the event was attended by the Governor-General, His Excellency David Hurley, and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley. His Excellency is Patron of Dementia Australia and Their Excellencies are joint Patrons of PCA.
Dementia Australia welcomes dementia-friendly design focus for Repat Health Precinct
A dementia-friendly design focus as part of the South Australian Repatriation General Hospital revitalisation has been welcomed by national peak body Dementia Australia. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see the South Australian government commit to embedding environmentally supportive design elements for people living with dementia in the planning.
Welcomed ‘first steps’ response to interim report with more urgently needed
Dementia Australia welcomes the federal government’s initial action towards addressing the three priority areas identified in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Interim Report, with an urgent call for more. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the government’s response would go some way towards meeting the shortfalls in the aged care system highlighted throughout the Royal Commission with further action needed.
Melbourne Cup winners give to dementia in memory of father and friends
Melbourne Cup winners Geoff and Sue Corrigan, half owners of Vow and Declare, today honoured the memory of Geoff’s father and two close friends by donating $50,000 to Dementia Australia. Mr Corrigan, the former Member for Camden in the NSW Parliament (2003-2011), said we wanted to give back to Dementia Australia to support people impacted and help to raise awareness in the community about dementia.
March 2020 Dementia Australia National Symposium to explore making dementia care quality care
Registrations are now open for the ‘Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020 – Dementia care is quality care’, to be held in Sydney on 24 March 2020. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the National Symposium is the next stage of the Dementia Australia Quality Care Initiative focused on raising the quality of dementia care.
Revival of Alzheimer’s disease study offers new hope
Dementia Australia has welcomed the news that the pharmaceutical companies behind the development of aducanumab, an investigational treatment for the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, would pursue regulatory approval for the drug. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the news for a future study of aducanumab following the discontinuation of global clinical trials earlier this year, was an exciting development, especially for the approximately 100 Australian trial participants who would be given the opportunity to restart taking the
Urgent calls to end ‘neglect’ in aged care echoed by Dementia Australia
The Interim Report, ‘Neglect’, tabled today in federal parliament by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has affirmed the key challenges people living with dementia, their families and carers have consistently flagged through their own experiences. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said for many years people impacted by dementia have contributed to reviews, reports, advisory panels and committees, and they have also made significant contributions to the work of the Commission to date.
Dementia recognised as a global heath priority by G20 leaders
Dementia Australia acknowledges the recent announcement made by G20 health ministers at the meeting in Okayama Japan, which singled out dementia as a common challenge for all G20 countries, and called for a recognition of dementia’s impact on the health, quality of life and economy of their nations. Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said she was pleased to see dementia recognised in the Okayama Declaration of the G20 Health Ministers.
Stop the cycle of transfers from home to hospital to care and back for people with dementia at end of life
Dementia Australia is calling on the Government of Victoria (in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government) to systematise and customise palliative and end of life care for people with dementia in a discussion paper released 30 October, at an event hosted by Parliamentary Friends of Dementia. Maree McCabe CEO Dementia Australia said in the end of life stage, people with dementia face frequent hospitalisations and may be given unnecessary procedures and treatment.
Dementia-friendly thinking dominates aged care design plans
The Victorian Government’s commitment to funding the implementation of dementia-friendly principles and design in major aged care refurbishment projects has been commended by national peak body, Dementia Australia.
Multi-million funding boost for palliative care in WA welcomed
Dementia Australia welcomes the announced $17.8 million funding boost for palliative care in Western Australia. Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia, said the funding will help provide improved support and services for all Western Australians in need of palliative care, including Western Australians living with dementia.
Training in dementia care for aged care workforce is recurrent theme
Dementia Australia is again joining broader calls for the government to implement national mandatory dementia education for the aged care workforce. Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said that ensuring the aged care workforce is trained with skills that respond to the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers is of vital importance to the quality of care provided to the growing number of Australians living with dementia.