Statement: Cessation of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement

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26 June, 2014

Alzheimer’s Australia is disappointed by today’s announcement of the termination of the Dementia and Severe Behaviours Supplement because of an expenditure blow out.

However, we welcome the Minister’s commitment to work with consumers and service providers to support people with severe Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD). We look forward to taking part in these consultations.

It is vital that a new scheme is implemented as soon as possible to deliver the original objective of ensuring scarce resources within residential aged care funding benefit those with the greatest needs.

People with dementia should not suffer because of a Government expenditure blow out.

It is critical that the Government ensure that funding is linked to better care and support for people with severe BPSD, including monitoring the use of restraint and antipsychotic medications.

There are currently more than 332,000 Australians living with dementia and with these numbers set to soar to almost 1 million by 2050, it is important that in funding residential care, the extra costs of caring for people with dementia are recognised and considered.