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Intouch : In Touch Winter 2012
IN TOUCH WINTER 2012 3 I am pleased to be able to welcome you to another edition of In touch with the news that our campaign for better funding has been heard, following the Federal Government's aged care reform announcement in April. It followed a big effort from staff, members and supporters around NSW and Australia, and we thank you all very much for lending your voice and support to our campaigns. It is only because so many of you were so willing to tell your stories that our campaigns were effective. In short, the Federal Government has committed almost $270 million over the next fve years to tackle dementia. Reforms include strengthening the community care system to help people with dementia stay at home longer, better support for timely diagnosis, improving the quality of dementia care, improving acute care services, support for people with younger onset dementia, and expanded support through the National Dementia Support Program, which will improve access to better services. The reforms are a great start and show the government has listened to the issues, but we now need to keep up the momentum. We need to continue to advocate for better funding for medical research and to continue to make sure our voices are heard. Thank you once again for your support, and congratulations. You can read more about the reforms and what you can continue to do to keep up the fght on page 10. Thank you also to everyone who took part in the Memory Walk and Jog in Sydney on 6 May. It was our best yet with more than 1300 people taking part and $100,000 raised so far to help keep our Memory Van on the road. It was a wonderful event and great to see so many people out supporting our cause. Thank you again! Thank you also to our generous corporate supporters -- Bupa, KinCare and Guardian Funerals. There will be more Memory Walks in regional NSW in September. For more information about the walks in the Hunter, Illawarra, Port Macquarie and Tweed Heads, visit the Memory Walk website. You can read all about the Sydney event on page 15. We also held a very successful Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) Forum in April to look at how services can be improved for people with YOD. This was held in partnership with the NSW State Government and we thank them for their ongoing support and recognition of such an important issue. You can fnd out more on page 8. The Hon. John Watkins, CEO, AlzNSW It has been another good quarter for Alzheimer's Australia and for us in NSW. Not only have we continued to deliver services to our many clients, we have also been active in our advocacy and political work. Both are essential if we are to prosper. On 20 April, the Federal Government announced major aged care reforms and its plan to tackle dementia. It seems clear that Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler have listened to people with dementia and responded comprehensively. Signifcantly, as part of ‘Living Longer, Living Better’ reforms, the government announced it would be seeking the agreement of Commonwealth, State and Territory Health Managers to add dementia to the existing list of National Health Priorities. This is an outstanding result and affrms the value of our sustained political engagement strategy. We must now continue to keep up our momentum and fght for equitable funding for dementia research, which was not addressed. Dr Richard Matthews AM has joined our Board. Dr Matthews was previously Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Health and it was largely due to his efforts that we were able to move to the Gibson- Denney Centre. Our Board needs the balance Dr Matthews offers: a good appreciation of what dementia is and of the journey people make, along with suitable governance skills. The Parliamentary Friends of Dementia meetings continue to prosper. People on both sides of State Parliament are champions for us and launch documents prepared by our excellent research staff. This included the March launch of the discussion paper What Prevents People with Dementia Making Plans for their Future?. It urges consideration of competency and the realisation that people with dementia do not lose all capacity to plan for themselves when they are diagnosed. Not only is this an important paper in itself, but it is in our new marketing colours and is most attractive. The high quality of this publication is a tribute to our staff and we are grateful to Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers who provided funding for AlzNSW to produce this important document. The Memory Walk and Jog was on Sunday 6 May at the Bay Run in Lilyfeld and was a great success. This is one of our major events for the year and we are thrilled by the support we received from the large number of people taking part, those who worked so hard to raise money, and our generous sponsors. The Victor Fairfax Family Resource Centre has had necessary upgrades. The centre was built in 1994 and has done well until now. The refurbished centre was opened formally by The Hon. Andrew Constance MP on 21 March. He is the MP for Bega and is the Minister for Ageing and for Disability Services. That is, he is ‘our’ Minister. He did the job splendidly and spoke to many people at the event. The Hon. Prof. Peter Baume AC, Chair, AlzNSW RING THE CHANGES CEO'S MESSAGE CHAIR'S MESSAGE REFORMS ANNOUNCED
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