Coalition focus on dementia welcome

Media Release

Wednesday 1 June 2016

Coalition focus on dementia welcome

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the Coalition Government’s policy to Develop Australia’s Medical Research Capabilities which indicates ongoing commitment to dementia research to improve diagnosis, treatment and care. 

When elected in 2013, the Coalition committed the largest ever financial investment of $200 million to dementia research, which led to the establishment of the National Institute for Dementia Research.

Alzheimer’s Australia President, Professor Graeme Samuel AC said it is very encouraging to see dementia research continuing to be a priority. 

“Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia. Without a medical breakthrough we are looking at the number of people living with dementia set to reach almost one million by 2050,” Professor Samuel said.

The Coalition intends to convene a Dementia Care Forum to focus on identifying the projects that could have an immediate impact on improving the lives of those living with dementia, their carers and families. 

“We are very pleased to see a commitment to improving the care for people with dementia, their carers and families. We know that seven in 10 Australians have been impacted by dementia1. We all hope to see a cure for this condition, but until meaningful research achieves a real breakthrough, we need to support the 353,800 Australians and their families currently living with the condition to ensure they have access to the best quality dementia care possible,” Professor Samuel said.

“Alzheimer’s Australia hopes to see the Coalition’s Dementia Care Forum identify and support the interventions that will improve care provided and make a positive difference to the quality of life for those living with dementia and their carers,” Professor Samuel said. 

Read more about Dementia Australia’s election campaign here.

1Research conducted by Roy Morgan Research on behalf of Alzheimer’s Australia (May 2016)

Media enquiries:
Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@dementia.org.au(link sends e-mail)


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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