Dementia Australia welcomes South Australian budget support of aged and palliative care

Wednesday 5 September

Dementia Australia has welcomed funding outlined by the South Australian Government for providing improved health spending in regional areas and aged care services for South Australians.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia is pleased with the budget measure of an additional $3.4 million in 2018–19 to improve support for people in the final stages of their life.

“The extension of community outreach palliative care services to operate 24 hours, 7 days a week will provide more support for those living with dementia, their families and carers needing palliative care,” Ms McCabe said.

“Dementia Australia also welcomes an investment of $192 million over ten years into additional resources for country health services, aged care services and new and upgraded infrastructure.

“There are more than 35,000 people living with dementia in South Australia and that number is expected to increase to 74,000 by 2056 without a significant medical breakthrough.”

Ms McCabe said dementia costs South Australia an estimated $1.2 billion in 2018 (spanning direct and indirect costs) and was projected to cost $2.3 billion by 2056.1

“While Dementia Australia welcomes the additional funding from the South Australian government, dementia specialist support continues to be vital in meeting the unique needs of people living with dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

“Although Australia is already taking its first steps in creating a national platform to support dementia friendly communities, it is clear that local communities require on-the-ground support to engage with people impacted by dementia, determine what steps to take and be empowered to make positive changes.

“Despite this ongoing need, it is clear that the budget measures announced by the South Australian government will go some way to assisting and improving support for the 35,725 people living with dementia in the state.”1

There are more than 100 types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being the most common.

Dementia is the leading cause of death among Australian women and the second leading cause of death for Australians overall.

“Dementia continues to remain a pressing social and public health challenge that South Australia faces,” Ms McCabe said.

“Dementia is everyone’s business and it desperately requires well-funded support and services, responsive to local needs.”

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Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500

Interpreter service available

(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

www.dementia.org.au

Media contacts: Annie Marks annie.marks@dementia.org.au or Christine Bolt 0400 004 553 christine.bolt@dementia.org.au

When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia Language Guidelines.