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CALL TO ACTION
With the huge impact dementia is
having on people diagnosed with the
condition, their families and carers, the
community and the health system, we
must have a properly funded, whole-
of-government strategy to ensure they
have access to a timely diagnosis and
appropriate medical, community and
social support to follow up.
A comprehensive, whole-of-government strategy must
be implemented across NSW in order to appropriately deal
with the looming dementia crisis, and as we went to press
with this issue of In Touch, Alzheimer's Australia NSW was
seeking a commitment for this strategy from the NSW State
Government in the lead-up to the 2016-17 State Budget.
We have been advocating for this strategy for several
years, and remain hopeful that there will be concrete,
budgeted commitment from the NSW State Government.
This is essential, particularly when you look at the huge leap
in the expected number of people who will be affected by
the condition in the coming decades.
Without a whole-of-government strategy to tackle this
issue, many people living with dementia will continue to
have unacceptable delays in diagnosis, have to negotiate
a highly complex and uncoordinated health and medical
system, and be isolated, marginalised and stigmatised. The
time to act is now.
In our pre-budget submission, Alzheimer's Australia NSW
also called for all Local Health Districts to have a dementia plan
in place with appropriate resourcing, supported by a dementia
care pathway that promotes coordinated care approaches.
We have also called for initiatives to support improved
clinical practice in hospitals and community health services
to beneft people with dementia, along with funds to
work with local governments across NSW to develop
A clear need exists for these initiatives to happen in
communities right across NSW, and Alzheimer's Australia
NSW is committed to working with the NSW Government
to make them a reality.
In other news, the inaugural Alzheimer's Australia NSW
Living Well with Dementia Conference will take place in
Sydney on 22-23 August. It is a fantastic opportunity to hear
from leading experts on how to cope more successfully
and live a good quality life with dementia. I encourage all
interested members to register. We have more details on
the conference for you on page 7.
The Hon. John Watkins AM
CEO, Alzheimer's Australia NSW
Paul Robertson AM
Chair, Alzheimer's Australia NSW
Having been in place since
the start of the year, our new
directors and I are now feeling
well settled. We give our
sincere thanks to the other
directors and staff for making
us so welcome.
One of the Board’s frst
tasks this year is to review
the new three-year strategic plan, which is being
developed by the management team with the
assistance of external advisors More Strategic,
who are experienced in the not-for-proft sector.
The new strategic plan will help guide the
organisation as it moves into the relatively
uncharted waters of consumer-directed care,
individualised funding and the NDIS, which
are fundamental reforms implemented by the
Due to Federal Government reform, we have
started to see signifcant changes within the
community-care and residential-care sectors. The
merger in October 2015 of Royal District Nursing
Service (RDNS) and RSL Care -- and most recently
an announcement in April 2016 by ARV and
Anglicare Sydney to merge -- is clear evidence of
the consolidation of signifcant care providers. We
expect this trend to continue.
Our role in this changing environment is to remain
an independent advocate for quality, and to lobby
the government and industry to develop the highest
standards of dementia care.
Alzheimer's Australia NSW continues to perform
well in fundraising, social research, media and
awareness, service delivery and improved business
effciency due to the drive and commitment of our
dedicated and talented staff. This is a demonstration
of the maturity of the organisation as it continues to
improve the ways in which we serve people living
with dementia, their families and carers.
Finally, I would like to thank the many committed
vounteers on whom we rely. They help us in many
ways, from supporting our events to joining a
committee, assisting in the offce or serving on the
Board. Your efforts underpin the very existence of
"OUR ROLE IN
ENVIRONMENT IS TO
REMAIN AN INDEPENDENT
ADVOCATE FOR QUALITY.
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