What’s new in the campaign document?
The revised Fight Dementia Campaign (FDC) election document still provides an outline of what Dementia Australia believes is needed urgently from the Australian Government over the next three years in terms of social action and improved access to services, to build on the Living Longer. Living Better. aged care reforms.
The document has been revised to take into account the important recommendations made in the House of Representatives Health and Ageing Committee’s report, Thinking Ahead. The committee’s 17 recommendations give priority to promoting awareness of dementia, evidence-based training for doctors, establishing a dementia link worker program and the creation of dementia-friendly societies.
Another significant change in our FDC Election document is the proposal that key workers should be funded to support people with dementia of all ages. Funding already has been provided through Dementia Australia for 40 key workers to help people with younger onset dementia to access services and ongoing assistance in navigating the service maze and all of them have started work.
The revised document also has the support of both Carers Australia and COTA.
Continuing the campaign
Former National President of Dementia Australia, Ita Buttrose, originally launched phase three of the campaign at the National Press Club on 24 April 2013.
Bipartisan support within the last 10 years has achieved better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers. In 2012 the Gillard Government committed to tackling dementia in the Living Longer. Living Better. aged care reform package and with the support of the Australian Health Ministers made dementia a National Health Priority.
The Howard Government put the spotlight on dementia in 2005, when it provided essential funding for improved dementia care, dementia training and dementia care research.
We need bipartisan support to build on these achievements and to develop an inclusive society, one that values the strengths and contributions of its citizens regardless of age, disease or disability, while also respecting choice and social inclusion rather than institutionalism and isolation.
In order to provide greater choice and better care and support for people with dementia and their family carers we need:
- Access to high quality dementia care and support services
- A health system prepared to confront the issue of timely diagnosis
- Hospitals that meet the needs of people with dementia
- Greater investment in dementia research