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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
www.alzheimers.org.au In touch Spring 2011 17 CAMPAIGN The 2011 Federal Budget was a severe disappointment to people with dementia and the families and carers who support them. There was no new funding to combat the dementia epidemic and the Australian Government terminated the dementia initiative 'Making dementia a national health priority', which means the loss of guaranteed funding for essential programs and support services for people living with dementia. There are currently 269,000 Australians with dementia and 1500 new cases of dementia every week. By 2050 there will be nearly one million people with dementia. Alzheimer's Australia Fight Dementia Campaign will seek Federal Government recognition of dementia as a health priority. Action is needed to tackle dementia in the 2012 Federal Budget. The campaign Alzheimer's Australia's Fight Dementia Campaign has identified five priority areas for additional funding over the next five years to be addressed in the 2012 Federal Budget. These priorities are to: • promote awareness and understanding of dementia • achieve timely diagnoses of dementia • provide quality dementia care in community, residential and acute care settings • make people aware they may be able to reduce the risk of dementia • invest in dementia research to reduce future numbers of people with dementia For this to be achieved, we urgently need the Federal Government to commit to at least an additional $500 million over the next five years. The 2011 Federal Budget was a great disappointment, with no new funding and the termination of a major dementia initiative. But Alzheimer's Australia is fighting for more from the 2012 Budget, and you can pitch in. WITH YOUR SUPPORT, ALZHEIMER'S AUSTRALIA WILL PUT DEMENTIA BACK ON THE POLITICAL AGENDA IN 2012. Change in 2012 How to make it happen Alzheimer's Australia needs wide community support in the fight against dementia and to make dementia a health priority. The best way is for people with dementia and their families and carers to tell their stories so people better understand dementia. 1 Sign up as Dementia Champion Visit the campaign website to register your support. W: www.fightdementia.org.au 2 Tell your dementia story Stories should be no more than 500 words in length and will be shared with the community through the campaign website and the media. To share your dementia story, contact Tegan McGrath. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 6254 4233 3 Join the Fight Dementia March The Fight Dementia March will be held at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday 13 October. We need you to take part and to encourage as many people as you can to also join. Register your interest in marching by contacting Alzheimer's Australia. E: email@example.com T: (02) 6254 4233 4Talk to your MP Write to your Federal Member of Parliament to tell your story of living with dementia and ask for their support for dementia funding in the 2012 Budget. Seek a meeting with your MP to explain the issues in more detail and encourage your MP to become a Dementia Champion and join the Fight Dementia March on 13 October. Visit the House of Representatives section of the Parliament of Australia website for a list of all Australian MPs and their contact details. W: www.aph.gov.au/house/members/index.htm If you would like any more information about the campaign or would like to help, please contact Diana Waring. E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: (02) 9805 0100
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12