17 June 2016
ALP’s $25 million for dementia commended
Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the major announcement today by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) investing significant new money to address three important issues outlined in the Alzheimer’s Australia Election Platform: $5 million for a National Dementia Strategy, $10 million for Dementia Friendly Communities and $10 million for respite care trials in two important sites.
Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC said this very positive commitment to dementia, targeting key priorities will enable a more strategic national approach to addressing Australia’s second leading cause of death.
“Dementia currently affects 353,800 Australians and their families1. These people deserve a co-ordinated, measured and appropriately funded national approach across the spectrum from prevention, early intervention and diagnosis, care through to research for a cure. This significant new investment in a National Dementia Strategy will bring Australia more into line with global efforts of other countries who have made dementia a priority.
“The new funding for Dementia Friendly Communities (DFC) will enable Alzheimer’s Australia to build on the six trials sites already established across Australia. The evidence for DFCs is compelling - reducing social isolation and the stigma that so many people with dementia experience. Australia can only benefit when people with dementia are able to maintain their connections to family, work, home and their community,” Professor Samuel said.
Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO Carol Bennett said the piloting of respite trials across two unique sites, ($5 million each) in NSW, will address the urgent need for responsive and flexible respite services for people with dementia and their carers.
“The benefits include the reduction in the number of people with dementia ending up in hospital or nursing home beds. The learnings from these trials will inform future models of care that will better support people in real need.
“Boosting dementia-specific respite will ensure people living with dementia are offered meaningful, appropriate respite which provides real social engagement and value for them. It will also allow carers and family members to continue to care for their loved one at home, enabling people to live well in the community for longer, which is really what most people want,” Ms Bennett said.
Read the ALP's media release here.
1 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Dementia in Australia
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Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
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(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area
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