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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
Research www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Spring 2011 9 Missed the talk? To watch Baroness Greenfield's address to the National Press Club, visit the Alzhiemer's Australia website. W: www.alzheimers.org.au FEATURE EARLWOOD LIVERPOOL GOULBURN ORANGE WAGGA WAGGA PUNCHBOWL MOUNT DRUIT FORESTVILLE BLACKTOWN MARTIN PLACE CAMPSIE TWEED HEADS CESSNOCK BOWRAVILLE DORRIGO BALLINA COFFS HARBOUR BELROSE DOUBLE BAY ROSE BAY BROOKVALE MAITLAND GOSFORD FAIRFIELD MAROUBRA BROKEN HILL MEMORY VANS' TRAVELS The AlzNSW Memory Vans have been clocking up the kilometres travelling around NSW to raise awareness of dementia and risk reduction. To find out where the Memory Vans will be in the coming months go to www.alzheimers.org.au/nsw To invite a Memory Van to a community event, contact AlzNSW. Hunter and Mid North Coast: Kim Wilson T: (02) 4962 7000 E: email@example.com Rest of NSW: Susan Newton T: (02) 8875 4637 E: firstname.lastname@example.org "The Dementia Initiative, which has provided thousands of people with dementia and their families and carers with invaluable support and services since 2005, will dry up by June 2013," John said. "Unless it is replaced, this will leave Australia unprepared to deal with the dementia epidemic coming its way. "This year's Budget decisions have resulted in a loss of guaranteed funding for key programs for addressing the staggering increase in the number of people with dementia in the next 40 years. "This has been a major disappointment to the already one million Australians who care for people with dementia. Solutions "The government needs to introduce its own comprehensive and funded plan to address dementia when it responds to the Productivity Commission's forthcoming report on Caring for Older Australians. "Initiatives are desperately needed to provide dementia care services, achieve timely diagnosis of dementia, make hospitals safer places for people with dementia and increase funding for dementia research. "Dementia is core business in aged care and without a funded dementia plan the reform of aged care will just not make sense nor will it be successful. We need a commitment for appropriate funding to address this looming epidemic before it's too late." Spreading the word Baroness Greenfield travelled around Australia to talk about the current approaches for treating dementia, the future of dementia treatments and research strategies that may lead to a dementia-free life. "We will only be able to achieve a new era of dementia reduction and prevention with more money for research," she said. The Baroness started her national speaking tour at a public seminar at NSW Parliament House in July. National President Ita Buttrose AO OBE was the MC for the event. NSW Health Minister The Hon. Jillian Skinner also spoke at the seminar, along with AlzNSW Honorary Medical Advisor Professor Henry Brodaty. Left to right: The Hon. Prof. Peter Baume AC, Andrew Mills, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, The Hon. John Watkins.
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12