Dementia Ministers welcomed back to the task

Alzheimer’s Australia congratulates the Coalition on their return to Government and especially welcomes the re-appointments of Sussan Ley as Minister for Health and Aged Care, Christian Porter as Minister for Social Services, Ken Wyatt AM as Assistant Minister in the Health and Aged Care portfolio, and the new appointment of Dr David Gillespie as the Minister for Rural Health.

Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO, Carol Bennett said, “the Health Minister’s continued commitment to tackling the growing burden of chronic disease through initiatives such as Health Care Homes will be very important for people with dementia and their carers. Similarly Minister Porter has worked very
constructively with us to ensure that the needs of people with younger onset dementia are met in the transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme.”

“Assistant Health Minister Ken Wyatt has already demonstrated he is committed to improving dementia care, particularly in rural and remote areas of Australia. We look forward to continuing our work with the Assistant Minister in addressing issues people with dementia and their carers face.

“The newly appointed Minister for Rural Health, Dr Gillespie will also play a vital role in ensuring Australians with dementia and their carers in rural and remote regions can access care and support,” Ms Bennett said.

With dementia currently the second leading cause of death in Australia1 and affecting more than 353,800 Australians2, Alzheimer’s Australia looks forward to the positive impact this team of Ministers and Assistant Ministers will have for people living with dementia and their carers.

The Coalition Government have committed to addressing the social isolation and stigma experienced by people with dementia and their carers, by supporting dementia-friendly communities. Other key Coalition Government policy priorities include; creating more specialist dementia care units, ensuring a real reduction in the level of elder abuse, improving aged care and continued funding and support for dementia research.

National President Professor Graeme Samuel AC said, “with the number of people living with dementia set to reach 900,0003 by 2050 in Australia, the focus on research is crucial to provide better treatment options for people with dementia and to hopefully one day find a cure. At the same time, there is a critical need for better targeted support and more responsive services within all our communities.

“Alzheimer’s Australia is looking forward to working closely with the new Turnbull Government and its Ministerial team to provide support which will lead to better outcomes for people with dementia and their families and carers,” Professor Samuel said.


Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body for 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.
 

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2015) Causes of Death, Australia, 2013: Cat no. 3303.0
2 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Dementia in Australia
3 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2012) Dementia in Australia