Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes new Social Services Minister

Media Release

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the appointment of The Hon. Christian Porter MP to the role of Minister for Social Services.

Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel said it was pleasing to have a Minister of Mr Porter’s calibre in the role.

“Alzheimer’s Australia is looking forward to working with Mr Porter on the issues that affect more than 342,000 Australians living with dementia, their families and carers,” Professor Samuel said.

“That figure is expected to reach more than half a million people by 2030. A National Dementia Strategy is urgently needed for a holistic approach to tackle dementia in Australia.”

Professor Samuel said a National Dementia Strategy should focus on:

  • Creating greater awareness of risk factors and risk reduction for dementia
  • Creating dementia-friendly communities
  • Encouraging timely diagnosis to delay the onset so people can live in their community for as long as possible
  • More education and training for health care professionals who are on the front line of dementia care
  • Better support and care for people living with dementia and their carers and families
  • Increased investment in dementia research

“We are looking forward to discussing these issues with the new Minister and welcome his input in progressing a National Dementia Strategy,” Professor Samuel said.

“Alzheimer’s Australia would like to thank the former Assistant Minister and Minister for Social Services, Senator the Hon. Mitch Fifield and The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, for their support and dedicated service to aged care. We wish them well in their new roles.”

 


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Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@alzheimers.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 342,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


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


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