As the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers, we have valued the input of many stakeholders, including consumers, volunteers, partners, researchers, health care professionals, other NGOs in the sector, and more, into our Strategic Direction which was formed after a year of extensive consultation with our community about the areas where Dementia Australia could have the greatest impact.
Consumers also informed our recommendations into the recently-announced Royal Commission and we are delighted to see that many of these recommendations were adopted into the final Terms of Reference.
We welcome any efforts to improve the lives of people in the aged care system, including the more than 50 per cent of people living in residential aged care who live with dementia, and those accessing in-home care. We particularly applaud the decision to elevate the focus on dementia and younger onset dementia in the Terms of Reference. As hearings occur in 2019 we will keep you updated on Dementia Australia’s input and we will continue to advocate on your behalf.
Our supporters, members, Dementia Advocates and Ambassadors inform everything we do and we appreciate your support. Thank you also for your contribution and support during Dementia Awareness Month, which was a tremendous success. I extend my appreciation to everyone who contributed, participated and attended one of the many events, signed up new Dementia Friends, helped with our Collection Day to raise much-needed funds, and used their voice to raise awareness of dementia in their local community.
One of our Ambassadors – Ita Buttrose AO OBE, has recently been honoured for her tireless work to raise awareness of dementia and other health issues. Ita was awarded an honorary Medicine doctorate from the University of New South Wales. Ita is an inspirational role model and on behalf of Dementia Australia we congratulate and thank her for all of the work she has contributed over many years.
It is through the work of Ita and the many other Dementia Advocates and Friends that we will create a more inclusive future for people impacted by dementia. Thank you for everything you do in support of people impacted by dementia and for Dementia Australia.
I also wish you and your families an enjoyable festive season and a safe, happy and successful 2019.
CEO Dementia Australia