As many of you know I have filled the role of Interim National CEO for the past six months and prior to that have been the CEO of Dementia Australia Vic since September 2010. It is an honour and a privilege to have been appointed National Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Dementia Australia.
I am looking forward to working with our Board, my colleagues, consumers, stakeholders and partners across the county to ensure Dementia Australia is well-placed to deliver programs, services and advocacy that improve the quality of life for all people impacted by dementia.
We are currently working on the unification of Dementia Australia moving from a federated organisation to a national unified model. This new model is due to be in place from 1 July 2017 and I am very excited about the future for Dementia Australia and what this will make available for people living with dementia, their carers and families.
Over the coming weeks I will be visiting the state and territory Dementia Australia organisations to see firsthand the great work that is being done and meeting with our teams and consumers to discuss our strategy moving forward.
There is a lot of work underway to mobilise our new structure by getting key resources in place so I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with an update of our progress to date and to reflect on the reasons for unification.
It is intended that moving towards a new unified national entity will bring substantial benefits for staff, volunteers and most importantly people living with dementia, their families and carers. The key benefits associated with establishing a unified national organisation include:
- improved capacity and capability to support people with dementia, their families and their carers
- a more innovative, agile and responsive organisation equipped to deal with the rapidly changing environment, such as the current aged care reforms
- the opportunity to expand services that would benefit people impacted by dementia in other locations
- a strengthened client voice and increased public profile
- the opportunity for staff to be part of the growth and innovation of services and programs and enjoy the professional development opportunities that this makes available
- streamlined decision making and improved efficiency
I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome Ministers the Hon Greg Hunt MP to the role of Minister for Health and Sport and the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP to the role of Minister for Indigenous Health and Aged Care.
Dementia Australia has worked closely with Minister Wyatt during his role as Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care and we look forward to continuing to build on that relationship to improve outcomes for people living with dementia.
Dementia is a National Health Priority and we are looking forward to working with Minister Hunt to progress a National Dementia Strategy.
I thank you for your continued support.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER