Why do we need a Fight Dementia Campaign?
There are almost 280,000 Australians living with dementia and the number of people with dementia is set to increase by almost 50 per cent over the next 10 years. By 2050 there will be almost one million Australian’s with dementia.
These numbers are alarming, yet the 2011 Federal Budget provided no additional funding to combat the dementia epidemic for the ever increasing number of people affected by dementia. Worse still, the Australian government terminated the Dementia Initiative – making dementia a national health priority which means the loss of guaranteed funding for essential programs and support services for people living with dementia.
Australia was the first country to recognise dementia as a health priority and now it is the first to renege.
What is our goal?
The Fight Dementia Campaign advocated for an investment of $500 million over 5 years to:
Action 1. Promote awareness and understanding of dementia
Action 2. Achieve timely diagnosis of dementia
Action 3. Provide quality dementia care in community, residential and acute care settings
Action 4. Make Australians aware they may be able to reduce their risk of dementia
Action 5. Invest in dementia research to reduce future numbers of people with dementia