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As we ease our way into the winter months and
this latest edition of in touch we welcome the
Baird Government to nSw and extend our
congratulations on its re-election.
Prior to the nSw State election, Alzheimer’s
Australia nSw asked both major political parties
to make a commitment to a raft of priorities
which would assist people who are living with
dementia to continue to live well and within their
communities for as long as possible.
what we asked for was a comprehensive statewide dementia strategy
to be implemented in nSw, across health, transport, policing, housing
and other Government services and the implementation of initiatives that
will support improved care for people who are living with dementia.
we were fortunate just prior to the election to receive word that the
Health Minister Jillian Skinner had agreed to commit $100,000 in State
Government funding for the Memory Van, which was most pleasing and
we thank the Government for its generosity in this regard.
we have also asked the Government to assist in the development
of a dementia centre in western Sydney; provide funding support to
help create dementia-friendly communities across nSw; implement
initiatives to support improved hospital care for people with dementia
and to continue to fund a statewide Aboriginal project officer to support
there is a real need for these initiatives to happen in communities
right across nSw and Alzheimer’s Australia nSw looks forward to
working with the new Government in nSw to see these requests
become a reality.
the 30th international Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease international
was held in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia in Perth in April
and saw a number of international dementia experts converge to share
their expertise. Delegates heard about a range of great work in the field
happening all around the world and, importantly, heard directly from many
living with dementia.
Among the contingent of delegates was a strong representation from
Alzheimer’s Australia nSw staff and consumers.
the number and quality of the presentations by Alzheimer’s Australia
nSw staff once again demonstrated the professional ability and thought
leadership roles played by so many staff at Alzheimer’s Australia nSw.
We have more on the conference for you on page five.
of which i am the
from nSw, meets
six months to
discuss issues that
are important to the states and territories
and the federation as a whole. At the last
meeting, i was impressed with the strong
sense of renewed energy from the board,
which is working ver y well. As you may
know, the national board appointed Carol
Bennett as CeO of Alzheimer’s Australia.
in December 2014 and Graeme Samuel
AC as the new national President in the
middle of last year.
During the board meeting i participated
in a discussion about the strategic
direction of the federation. it is clear
from the meeting outcomes that there
is a strong degree of collaboration and
cooperation between the board of
directors, and the CeO management
team. there is a great unity of purpose
and strong alignment of views. we are in
a ver y healthy position as a federation.
As an organisation we rely, to a large
extent, on Government funding to deliver
a wide range of high-quality services
and supports. there will be increased
scrutiny on costs by the Government, so
it is no surprise that we face a range of
challenges to our funding.
we are advocating very strongly for
the continuation, and expansion, of
funding to vital services – including the
national Dementia Helpline, the national
Younger Onset Dementia Key worker
Program and a wide range of funded
services, as well as awareness and risk
in nSw, our board is in the process of
renewal. in the last edition of in touch
i welcomed our latest board member,
Dagmar Schmidmaier AM, who has now
attended several board meetings.
in the coming months, we hope to
announce another board appointment
which will further strengthen the
governance of our organisation.
alzHeImer’s ausTralIa NsW
looks forWard To WorkINg WITH
THe NeW goverNmeNT IN NsW To see
THese INITIaTIves become a realITY.
the hon. John Watkins
cEo, Alzheimer’s Australia nSW
Jerry Ellis Ao
chair, Alzheimer’s Australia nSW
19/05/15 4:24 PM
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