Dementia Australia has welcomed a report released in May by Alzheimer’s Disease International saying world governments are too slow in tackling the dementia epidemic.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia supports the Federal Government’s health spending and $5 billion commitment to the aged care sector in its 2018-2019 Budget, however there remains a need for dementia-specific funding.
“The recent Federal Government budget included many measures that would significantly improve the lives of older Australians,” Ms McCabe said.
“We were very pleased to note that the budget included $5.3 million for dementia innovation which will benefit people living with dementia.
“Whilst we welcome the government’s expenditure on aged care, disability and healthcare, dementia is still not core business in all of these sectors.
“Dementia is one of the greatest health and social challenges facing Australia, and indeed the rest of the world, with one person globally developing dementia every three seconds.”
Dementia is estimated to cost Australia more than $15 billion this year and is the second leading cause of death of all Australians and the leading cause of death of Australian women.
In 2017, the World Health Organisation (WHO) adopted a global action plan for dementia. The plan includes seven areas for action for countries to focus on to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia, their carers and families.
“Dementia must be explicitly acknowledged as a public healthcare challenge and work towards being core business for our health, ageing and disability sectors,” Ms McCabe said.
“Dementia Australia will continue to work with people with dementia, their families, carers, government and other stakeholders to ensure quality dementia supports and services are embedded into service planning, delivery and workforce education, ensuring people living with dementia are supported to live the best quality of life possible.”
To read the full report published by Alzheimer’s Disease International, click here.