Coalition’s announcement for people with dementia welcomed

Media Release

Thursday 16 June 2016

Coalition’s announcement for people with dementia welcomed

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the Coalition’s announcement today to commit $3.9 million to support dementia-friendly communities and $7.5 million for specialist dementia care units, if re-elected.

Alzheimer’s Australia National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC said this significant investment in dementia will provide a real boost to important programs, benefitting many of the 353,800 Australians living with dementia and their families.

“We know that 25% of Australian’s have indicated they find people with dementia frightening1. Investing in dementia-friendly initiatives aimed at breaking down the stigma and misunderstanding associated with a dementia diagnosis will go a long way to reduce the social isolation people with dementia often experience.

“This is an area Alzheimer’s Australia has already invested considerable time and expertise in. Any increase in the capacity of the community to respond positively and support people to remain connected to their families, workplaces and homes will deliver positive benefits for the whole community,” Professor Samuel said.

Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO Carol Bennett said, $7.5 million to develop specialist dementia care is also an investment that will make a real difference. 

“This announcement will not only ensure people living with dementia are offered meaningful, dementia appropriate care, it will also go a long way to help alleviate pressure on the already stretched aged care services,” Ms Bennett said

Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, without a medical breakthrough there is set to be more than 900,000 people living with dementia by 20502.

“There is both an economic and social imperative to ensure that there is significant investment in dementia care and support which will lead to better outcomes for people with dementia and their families”. Ms Bennett said.

Read the Coalition’s full announcement here: Coalition targets better dementia care across Australia

1 Ipsos (2015) Perceptions and Understanding of Dementia: Report for Alzheimer’s Australia
2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Dementia in Australia

 

Media enquiries:
Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@dementia.org.au


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
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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