National action framework on dementia urgently needed

11 October, 2013
 
Australian of the Year, Ita Buttrose, has called on the Federal and State Governments to commit to implementing a new National Action Framework on Dementia.

Speaking at tonight’s Australian Medical Association (NSW) Charitable Foundation’s annual dinner, Ms Buttrose, who is also National President of Alzheimer’s Australia said: “We need our Health Ministers to agree that a new National Action Framework on Dementia is urgently needed if we are to effectively tackle this debilitating chronic disease.”

“The last National Action Framework on Dementia ended in 2010.

“A new agreement is needed so that Commonwealth and State and Territory Health Ministers can take action on the decision they took in August 2012 to make dementia a National Health Priority Area.

“The new Government in Canberra has made a good start by committing to the aged care reforms and to an additional investment of $200 million over five years for dementia research.

“Alzheimer’s Australia has been calling for this for over two years through the Fight Dementia Campaign and we are so pleased to see that the politicians are listening.

“We know what a massive difference access to services and support can make especially when they respond to the needs of the individual with dementia and their family carer.

“Timely diagnosis is critical. There is a world of difference between the stories of consumers who receive a timely diagnosis and prompt access to support and those who do not.

“Action is needed to improve the quality of care in hospitals and to avoid harm to people with dementia through falls, delusions and malnutrition.”

There are an estimated 321,000 Australians living with dementia, which is expected to soar to almost 900,000 by 2050.

The AMA (NSW) Charitable Foundation will be making a generous donation of $66,000 to support the work of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW.

Since it was established in 1995, the AMA (NSW) Charitable Foundation has donated more than $1 million to worthy causes throughout the state.

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
www.fightdementia.org.au

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Media enquiries:

Krystal Craig 0407 019 430 krystal.craig@dementia.org.au