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Intouch : In Touch Issue 74
Feature Ms Bryce, speaking at a recent AlzNSW fundraising lunch at NSW Parliament House, said Australia was facing major challenges in meeting the needs of an ageing population. The Governor-General also discussed the need for Australian communities to be proactive in delaying the onset of dementia. “Many of you will be familiar with the statistics; I repeat them only to emphasise the need for us appreciate their gravity: around 260,000 Australians are living with dementia; that number will nearly double by 2030 and again by 2050,” Ms Bryce explained. “So, by mid-century, we ’ll have around 1 million people with dementia – a condition for which there is currently no cure. “Alzheimer’s Australia worked long and hard to ensure that, five years ago, dementia became a national health priority. “We were the first country in the world to have achieved that, and with bipartisan support.” But, Ms Bryce said, more needs to be done. “Today you continue to maintain the drive on an unfinished project that needs, I believe, another billion dollars over the next five years for research that targets prevention and quality care that can span five, 10, 15, 20 years.” Ladies’ lunch More than 170 women packed into the Strangers Dining Room to listen to the Governor- General speak. Channel Ten newsreader Natarsha Belling did the honours as Master of Ceremonies for the event. “Dementia is now the third leading cause of death in Australia and it is set to affect more and more people – up to an estimated 1 million by 2050, ” Ms Belling said. “That’s why it is vital that we do all we can to raise awareness of the illness and the impact it will have on the community.” Dementia prevention and long-term care need an extra $1 billion of funding, said Governor-General of Australia Ms Quentin Bryce AC at the AlzNSW Women’s Lunch. Billion dollar plan 8 In touch Spring 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au
In Touch Issue 75