Dementia Australia commends the Victorian Government’s new carer strategy, which will provide greater support for Victorian carers.
Dementia Australia Executive Director Consumer Engagement Policy and Research, Dr Kaele Stokes said carers play an essential role in the community, particularly as they provide support and care for the more than 107,000 Victorians currently living with dementia.
“Dementia Australia estimates there are 1.2 million carers in Australia alone, who support people who live with dementia,” she said.
“We welcome the $1.2 million investment from the Victorian Government for extra support for carers, without whom so many individuals would be unable to remain in their own homes surrounded by their families,” Dr Stokes said.
The Victorian Government’s Carer Strategy 2018 – 22 highlights that Victoria’s carers include those caring for people with dementia and how that caring role can be confusing, worrying and uncertain.
“Dementia Australia is pleased to see the report recognises the difficulties that carers face as they care for someone with dementia from diagnosis to end-of-life,” Dr Stokes said.
“It is vital that the government and community recognises these challenges and provides appropriate support to our carers.”
“However, people living with dementia, families and carers tell us there is still a need for further investment in services aimed particularly at individuals who care for people living with dementia,” she said.
Dr Stokes said Dementia Australia acknowledges the Victorian Government’s ongoing commitment to services such as respite for carers of people who live with dementia.
“Dementia not only has a social impact on our community, but an economic impact. Without a significant medical breakthrough, the number of people with dementia in Victoria is expected to increase to an estimated 280,000 by 2056.
“In 2018, dementia is expected to cost Australia more than $15 billion and in 2056 more than $36.8 billion. It is one of the greatest social issues in our society and it is imperative that we provide support to those living with dementia, their families and their carers.”
The Victorian Carer Strategy 2018 – 22 can be found by clicking here.