May’s Federal Budget contains no new major policies or programs that would significantly improve the lives of the more than 353,000 Australian’s living with dementia and their carers.
“At a time when dementia is the second leading cause of death and is projected to affect almost a million people by 2050 with significant economic and social costs to Australia, we need national investment to drive a co-ordinated approach from prevention through to cure,” Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Carol Bennett said.
“Perhaps the most positive outcome of this Budget for people living with dementia is the continued support for dementia specific flexible funding. This will enable some evidence based improvements in dementia support which is much needed.”
Alzheimer’s Australia also welcomed:
The concerning feature of the Budget is the cut of $1.2b over four years to the Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI).
“While the Government may have had little choice but to cut ACFI due to projections of unsustainable expenditure in aged care, this budget decision suggests the funding tool is flawed and needs an overhaul to ensure it leads to quality outcomes,” Ms Bennett said.
“The current model does not reward the very things that promote quality of life especially for people with dementia.
“While this Budget provides no new funding for dementia, we remain hopeful that initiatives in the pipeline, including the funding of the National Institute for Dementia Research and the Medical Research Future Fund, will provide the hope for those living with dementia and their carers that they so desperately seek.”