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CAUSE OF DEATH FOR
Dementia has become the leading cause of death among
Australian women and remains the second leading cause
of death among all Australians, according to new research
released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Causes of Death: Australia 2016 report found
dementia to be the cause of 13,126 deaths in 2016, behind
Ischaemic heart disease with 19,077 deaths.
While the number of deaths from Ischaemic heart disease
has been declining, the number of deaths from dementia
has been increasing, accounting for 8.3 per cent of all
deaths in 2016 – up from 5.3 per cent of all deaths in 2007.
While dementia overall remains the second leading
cause of death, it has replaced heart disease as the
of death among
ABS says in
women died from
is an increase of
196 deaths when
8251 in 2015.
the third leading cause of death for males, with 4679
deaths recorded in 2016. The ABS found that although
heart disease is still the leading cause of death for men,
it is likely that this will be surpassed by dementia as
treatments for other leading causes improve and life
expectancy for men rises.
In an Australian first, St George has partnered with Dementia
Australia to become a dementia-friendly bank in a bid to help
those living with dementia remain financially independent for as
long as possible.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe says there are a
number of strategies that can be put in place to minimise the
impact of dementia on the person with the diagnosis, their carers
“Financial services is one of those extremely important areas
where we need more awareness and understanding, which
is why we are very pleased that St George Bank has come on
board to be officially dementia friendly,” she says.
St George Retail Bank General Manager Ross Miller said St
George has more than 900,000 customers over the age of 50
and, of this population, approximately 13 per cent (or 123,000)
might have some form of dementia.
“As a family bank, we have a duty of care to support the
growing number of Australians who are affected by dementia,
including our customers. Our pilot program earlier in the year
revealed how stress and anxiety can be diminished for people
living with dementia, simply by making everyday banking as easy
as possible,” Ross says.
“Providing an increased level of care is the right thing to do
for our customers, and we believe fostering a dementia-friendly
environment will help keep vulnerable customers financially
independent for longer and less prone to financial abuse.”
Measures taken by St George to become dementia-friendly
include front-line staff being trained to recognise and assist
customers living with dementia, branch audits conducted by
Dementia Australia to ensure a safe environment, and technology
upgrades that help identify, record and maintain the files of a
customer who has been identified as having a vulnerability.
The St George dementia-friendly banking plan will soon be
rolled out to Westpac, BankSA and Bank of Melbourne branches.
NEW NDIS TOOLKIT
People living with younger
onset dementia are now better
equipped to understand and
navigate the new National
Disability Insurance Scheme
(NDIS) through the release of
the NDIS Toolkit for People
Living with Younger Onset
Dementia and Their Carers.
Maree McCabe, CEO of
Dementia Australia, says the
introduction of the NDIS has
brought positive change for
people living with younger
onset dementia by ensuring they have choice and control
over the services available.
“For a person with cognitive impairment, navigating this
new system can be daunting and complex,” Maree says.
“It is through consultation with our clients and the
National Disability Insurance Agency that we have
been able to develop this important resource to provide
a pathway of support that ensures people are best
equipped to maximise what is offered by the NDIS.
“Through the use of this toolkit, our clients will be
able to access information and guidance to support
people when making their initial application to the
NDIS, understanding how to prepare an NDIS plan, and
managing the funding for all their future services, aids
“W ith the support of Dementia Australia and the NDIS,
people living with younger onset dementia will be enabled
to continue to do what is important to them for as long
as possible – to live well and remain independent, in their
own homes and within the community.”
Dementia Australia thanks the NSW Department
of Family and Community Services for funding this
resource. The NDIS Toolkit for People Living with
Younger Onset Dementia and Their Carers can be
accessed at dementia.org.au/resources or by calling
1800 100 500 for more information.
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