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Why are we continuing the campaign?
Dementia Australia launched the Fight Dementia Campaign on 13 October 2011 and has advocated for the Federal Government to make dementia a National Health Priority Area and to invest in action to combat the dementia epidemic.
On 20 April 2012, in response to the Fight Dementia Campaign, the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, and the Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, announced an investment of $268.4 million over five years to tackle dementia as part of the Living Longer. Living Better. aged care reform package. This reform package, titled Tackling Dementia, addresses dementia across the health and aged care system and responds to a number of the priorities from the Fight Dementia Campaign.
The Commonwealth Government has now secured the agreement of the state and territory governments, to make dementia a National Health Priority Area.
However the Government has not made any commitment to increase investment in dementia research.
What is our goal?
To move towards a world without dementia by:
Delaying the onset of dementia by five years;
Reducing the number of people living with dementia in 2050 by one third; and
Improving quality of life for people with dementia.
How can we achieve our goal?
Start now by increasing government investment in dementia research by $200 million over five years.
$200 million is needed to:
- Build capacity in dementia research by supporting 150 of the best new researchers to start working on the biggest challenges in the field;
- Establish a strategic fund to support major new dementia research projects targeted at the most pressing issues facing health and aged care;
- Ensure we make the most of what we already know by translating existing research into better dementia care practice; and
- Invest in vital dementia research infrastructure to allow our scientists to develop the solutions we need.