Dementia peak body welcomes $13.5 million pledge

Dementia peak body welcomes $13.5 million pledge

Thursday 13 November 2014

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic today welcomed the announcement by the Victorian Liberal National Coalition pledging $13.5 million towards research, early intervention, support and awareness raising for Victorians living with dementia, their families and carers.

“With around 78,000 Victorians currently living with dementia, it is essential that all governments commit to protecting the interests of people living with dementia,” Neil Samuel, Chair Alzheimer’s Australia Vic said.

“It is of even more importance during the process of transformation of the aged care system and the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, which will occur over the next few years.

“All Victorians, of all ages, need an assurance that there will be no gaps when it comes to meeting the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers, despite the bureaucratic changes ahead.

“If the Coalition is re-elected these funds would assist in the further development of specialist, dementia care services for all Victorians,” Mr Samuel said.

“The focus on research would enable Melbourne’s world renowned dementia research scientists to better target the federally funded $200 million dollars already committed to dementia research over the next five years.

“Making services and the system more accessible to assist with early diagnosis, increased support and awareness raising through education and information programs, would go a long way towards making a difference to the lives of all people impacted by dementia.

“In particular, a focus through new programs and resources, on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Indigenous communities would be welcomed to address the specific and growing needs of these communities.

“Dementia is everybody’s business and we look forward to commitments from all parties demonstrating their support for all Victorians living with this major health challenge.” Mr Samuel said.

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In Victoria almost 78,000 people are living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the charity representing people with all forms of dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia information, education and support services.

Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit www.fightdementia.org.au/vic

Media contacts:

Christine Bolt 9816 5772 / 0400 004 553 / christine.bolt@dementia.org.au or

Sam Watson 9816 5736 / 0419 815 178 / sam.watson@dementia.org.au