Dementia Australia welcomes new Minister for Social Services

Dementia Australia welcomes Mr Dan Tehan MP, the new Minister for Social Services, to the important role of supporting the 1.2 million people involved in the care of people living with dementia, and of all those living with younger onset dementia in need of support from the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said carers provide essential and personal support for the 413,000 Australians living with dementia.

“They enable so many people to stay in the community, to stay engaged and stay for as long as they are able, in their own homes surrounded by their families,” Ms McCabe said.

“Carers deserve our support to empower them to not only provide the best care for those they love but also to ensure there are services and supports available for themselves to look after their own wellbeing.”

 Another significant role of the Minister is continuing the management of the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Dementia Australia’s Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program (YODKWP), funded by the Department of Social Services, supports the one in 13 Australians living with dementia, under the age of 65, who are living with younger onset dementia, as well as their families and carers. The Program provides a highly skilled, key point of contact with whom they can optimise their options available through the NDIS.

“The YODKWP has been a crucial element in the sustained provision of care and support for people impacted by younger onset dementia across Australia, especially during this transition time with the introduction of the NDIS,” Ms McCabe said.

“I look forward to discussions in the New Year with Minister Tehan about continued and improved support for carers, and about the expansion and continuation of the YODKWP until 2020.”


Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information.

An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer's Australia.

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 Interpreter service available.

(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

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Media contacts: Christine Bolt, 0400 004 553, christine.bolt@dementia.org.au, Monika Boogs, 0407 019 43, monika.boogs@dementia.org.au

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