Dementia Forum Report released
The Federal Government has released the 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum report, highlighting how support for people living with dementia can be improved.
The Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt AM, MP, said the report, from the December 2016 Ministerial Dementia Forum, would contribute to the current redesign of dementia support.
“The overwhelming message from the forum was that effective and accessible dementia support must be closely integrated with the broader aged care, health and social service systems,” Minister Wyatt said.
“To get this right, we need to link the range of existing services and communicate with people living with dementia and their families the options available to them.”
The Forum was the first step in specific consultations for the redesign of supports for people with dementia and their carers and these consultations will continue into the second half of 2017.
The current services offered by Alzheimer’s Australia through the National Dementia Support Program will continue to be available while this work is being done.
The new and revised program is due to commence in July 2018.
People living with dementia or caring for someone with dementia can contact the National Dementia Helpline and referral service on 1800 100 500 for information and support.
The Forum Report is available on the Department of Health website at https://agedcare.health.gov.au/report-on-the-2016-ministerial-dementia-forum
8 August 2017.