22 June 2016
Greens funding for better dementia care welcomed
Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the significant announcement from the Greens today, committing $137 million over four years in funding and support for dementia.
The package seeks to improve the quality of the aged care system and includes:
• $4 million for a national dementia strategy
• $5.2 million for dementia friendly communities
• $8 million for a risk reduction program to inform Australians about brain health and links between lifestyle factors and dementia risks
• $6 million to support early diagnosis
• $20 million for post diagnostic services and support, including expanding the National Dementia Helpline, and services for diverse groups
• $64 million for a dementia-respite supplement and to develop a consumer initiative to support individuals with dementia navigate the aged care system
• $20.8 million to improve dementia research
Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO, Carol Bennett said the Greens’ progressive support package for older Australians, especially their commitment to a national dementia strategy, is extremely welcomed.
“This $4 million pledge for a national dementia strategy is a positive commitment that would ensure a coordinated, national approach to address all areas of dementia and ensure people with dementia and their carers have the support they need,” Ms Bennett said.
“Alzheimer’s Australia also welcomes the commitment to improving aged care which currently does not have a single publicly reported measure of quality in place and is something Alzheimer’s Australia has been advocating for.
“The commitment to fund dementia friendly communities will ensure people with dementia and their families and carers are supported to remain engaged in their communities, have meaningful activities and a better quality of life,” Ms Bennett said.
“It is very encouraging to see that the Greens have identified key priorities across the whole dementia spectrum, from prevention, diagnosis, care and support, right through to research. This commitment would have a positive impact on the 383,500 Australians living with dementia and their families and carers,” Ms Bennett said.
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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
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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