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Intouch : In Touch Issue 74
2 In touch Spring 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au Contents Robin Wirth had to resign from the Board because of ill health about 12 months ago which left vacancies for a new Deputy Chair and a new Director. John Morrison has now been elected Deputy Chair. John has been on the Board for some years and is very well qualified for this role, both in terms of governance skills and experience with the illness. He is an expert on risk management and is Chair of our Audit and Risk Committee. John is an accountant with a wealth of knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease – he was a carer for his father for many years. We are lucky to have him. Gabrielle Kibble has filled the Board position and her name and curriculum vitae will be submitted to the AGM in November for possible confirmation. Gabrielle has a Bachelor of Arts degree, is a town planner, former Secretary of the NSW Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of NSW. Gabrielle is also an Officer of the Order of Australia, was sole Administrator in Liverpool and one of three Administrators in Wollongong when the Councils in those two towns were dismissed, has been Chair of Sydney Water Corporation, and much more. Gabrielle is the best Chair with whom I have ever served. She wants to put something back in to the society that has treated her so well, and we welcome her warmly. National website The National Board of Alzheimer’s Australia is pushing ahead with the national website and has also decided to develop a national approach to marketing. Work on the national marketing will be led by Andrew Mills in our NSW office, which is a tribute to the work being done here. Gibson-Denney opening We had a splendid day on 23 July when the Gibson-Denney Centre was opened by the NSW Premier, The Hon. Kristina Keneally. It was a real pleasure to have her here and she announced, during that visit, a grant of $250,000 for us to work on younger onset dementia. Now everyone is together in one location again. It feels so good and everyone seems to be happy with the move to North Ryde. On the political agenda On the political front, it is disappointing that so little continues to be said about dementia by both major parties. Following the Intergenerational Report released earlier this year, which ignored dementia almost completely, we prepared much-needed packs for all NSW Members of Parliament. MPs need the figures and need to understand how their own constituencies might be affected. It is hard to believe that politicians are ignoring one of the major health issues of the coming decades. We are looking forward to the report of the Productivity Commission in early 2011 to set some of the figures we know before government planners. Focused effort Finally, a pat on the back for the people who work at Alzheimer’s Australia NSW (AlzNSW). They are dedicated; I hear only good things about them wherever I go and from anyone I speak to. We have taken an important policy decision to concentrate our interest on the Tweed, the Illawarra, and western and south-western Sydney in the next few years. People in all those areas have less access to services than we would like, and the population of those areas is greater than the whole population of some Australian states. Professor Peter Baume AC Chairman Chairman’s message 2 Chairman’s message 3 CEO’s message 4 News AlzNSW conference, Prof. Julian Hughes seminars 8 Billion dollar plan Governor-General calls for increased funding 10 YOD research grant Government funding announced at Gibson- Denney centre opening Billion dollar plan 8
In Touch Issue 75