Dementia Australia has applauded the Federal Government’s announcement of $1 million to support the continued development of Dementia Australia’s world-leading dementia care technologies, as part of a $5.3 million government package to improve and augment dementia care.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the funding would enable the peak body to build on the success of its award-winning technologies, which had improved dementia care for people living with dementia, their families and carers.
“Dementia is the second leading cause of death for all Australians, and the leading cause of death for Australian women. It is the most important social and health issue we are facing today,” she said.
“It is crucial we continue to explore new and innovative ways to improve dementia care through technological solutions, and ensure that people living with dementia are supported and empowered to live in their own homes and communities for longer.
“Through this funding, the Federal Government has demonstrated its support of Dementia Australia’s pioneering technological program and its close collaboration with people impacted by dementia to identify cutting-edge new solutions.
“I would like to thank the Minister for Aged Care, The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM, MP and the Federal Government for their ongoing commitment to widening the scope of dementia services and supports. Dementia Australia is proud to be able to continue developing technologies that benefit people living with dementia, their families and carers.”
Dementia Australia’s current range of technology includes EDIE, a virtual reality training technology for aged-care professionals and carers to provide a first-hand experience of dementia, and the Dementia-Friendly Home app, a mobile application that provides simple ideas to enable people living with dementia to remain in their homes for longer.