Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes focus on support services for people living with dementia

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Media Release

Tuesday 8 August 2017

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes focus on support services for people living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia has today acknowledged the work of the Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP and the Federal Government in focusing on current and future support for people living with dementia, their carers and families.

Commenting on the Dementia Forum Report, released today by the Federal Government, Chief Executive Officer Maree McCabe acknowledged the Government for taking on board the voices of people living with dementia, their families and their carers.

“The report’s release is timely, given that the number of people living with dementia in Australia is more than 413,000 and that number is expected to increase to 1.1 million in 2056, with the cost of dementia in Australia in 2056 predicted to be $36.85 billion.

“While consumers are clear that support for those living with dementia needs to more closely integrate with the broader health, aged care and social service systems, the success of this seamless services environment must be underpinned by an ongoing investment in such elements as workforce education and training and robust quality frameworks. This also needs to be supplemented by more specialised dementia supports until the broader service sector matures.”

“Consumers tell us very clearly that they need ongoing support services that are especially designed for people living with dementia, their families and carers,” she said.

Alzheimer’s Australia was pleased to see that many of the forum recommendations strongly align with the principles of the World Health Organisation’s Global Action Plan on the Public Health Response to Dementia, which was recently launched.

Feedback from the forum, held in December last year, highlighted the need for inclusive communities, timely diagnosis, additional assistance in navigating the service system, ongoing support and services across the various stages of dementia, and additional supports for carers.

“We know that an ongoing focus on targeted supports is needed and this report is one step closer in helping to shape a comprehensive national response,” Ms McCabe said.

“We welcome the opportunity to position Australia’s response to dementia within a global context and we look forward to working with the Government and people living with dementia, their families and carers to ensure there is ongoing access to appropriate and timely support services.

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Monika Boogs
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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. An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million in 40 years. 

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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