Dementia recognised as a global heath priority by G20 leaders

Monday 21 October 2019

Dementia Australia acknowledges the recent announcement made by G20 health ministers at the meeting in Okayama Japan, which singled out dementia as a common challenge for all G20 countries, and called for a recognition of dementia’s impact on the health, quality of life and economy of their nations.  

Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said she was pleased to see dementia recognised in the Okayama Declaration of the G20 Health Ministers. 

“The G20 health ministers’ acknowledgment of dementia as a global health priority is encouraging,” Ms McCabe said. 

“With almost 50 million people living with dementia worldwide, it is vital leaders from across the world act on dementia and treat it as the priority that it is.”

The declaration published by the G20 health ministers included a number of commitments regarding dementia, including commitments to ‘address risk factors and social determinants of dementia’, ‘enhance early detection, diagnosis and interventions’ and to ‘promote age-friendly and dementia-inclusive environments’. 

The G20 health ministers also made a commitment to ‘promote research and development for healthy ageing including for risk reduction, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of dementia’.

“These commitments are an excellent step in the right direction when it comes to supporting people living with dementia and their carers internationally,” Ms McCabe said. 

“We will keenly follow the implementation stages and ensure Australia plays a role in fulfilling on these commitments.”

The Declaration can be found online at https://g20-meeting2019.mhlw.go.jp/health/img/G20Okayama_HM_EN.pdf

Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity 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 447,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.

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