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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Summer 2010 15 "There has been a wide-ranging examination of what works and what is there for people with dementia across the spectrum, from community awareness to palliative care." Feature Professor Henry Brodaty The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt MP The Hon. Peter Primrose MP Peter Besseling MP Dr Andrew McDonald MP The Hon. John Watkins and Lynn Thorpe AlzNSW has welcomed the State Government's commitment to improve services for people with dementia with the launch of the NSW Dementia Services Framework. With the number of people with dementia set to soar over the next 40 years, it is critical that services are able to meet the expected demand, said AlzNSW CEO The Hon. John Watkins. "The NSW Dementia Services Framework 2010- 2015 is a comprehensive initiative to improve dementia services across the state," John said. "It is based, for the first time, on extensive consultations with carers and people who are living with dementia." "There has been a wide-ranging examination of what works and what is there for people with dementia across the spectrum, from community awareness to palliative care. "We are confident this will ultimately lead to better services and care for people with dementia in NSW." There are an estimated 88,000 people with dementia in NSW.1 Without a significant medical breakthrough, that is expected to soar to about 300,000 by 2050. This increase is largely driven by the ageing population. Dementia is already the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke.2 John said he welcomed the commitment of the NSW Minister for Health, The Hon. Carmel Tebbutt and the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, The Hon. Peter Primrose, to providing better access to much-needed services and support for people with dementia and their families and carers. "This framework is an important strategic initiative that promotes a coordinated approach and further direction for the improvement of dementia care services," John said. "It addresses a wide range of care needs, including knowing where to go for help, keeping healthy, obtaining a diagnosis, living with dementia, obtaining more support, managing illness, managing behaviour and personality changes, transition to residential care, and access to palliative care." The NSW Dementia Services Framework was launched during AlzNSW's twice-yearly NSW Parliamentary Friends of Dementia forum at NSW Parliament House on 22 September. The forum was held as part of Dementia Awareness Week, which was held from 16-26 September. People who are worried about their memory, or that of a loved one, are being encouraged to seek help, either by seeing their doctor or by calling the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. "It's important that people who do have genuine concerns about their memory seek help sooner rather than later," John said. 1 'Caring Places: Planning for Aged Care and Dementia 2010-2050', Access Economics, July 2010. 2 Causes of Death, Australia 2008 -- Australian Bureau of Statistics, March 2010.
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