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$4 million dementia package

The Commonwealth Government has unveiled a new package aimed at furthering dementia research and providing support for people with dementia and their carers.

Ageing Minister Justine Elliot revealed the $4 million package at the opening of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres’ third annual research forum in Sydney.

From the package, $2.5 million will go to dementia research grants and $1.5 million will be used to raise awareness and provide support to special needs groups.

A further $150,000 in funding will be used to promote the Dementia Resource Guide.

“Research, information and support are essential to provide effective care for our ageing population,” said Mrs Elliot.

“Australia has one of the longest life expectancies in the English speaking world. With longevity comes the greater possibility of dementia and related illnesses, increased numbers of people living with chronic diseases and multiple complex health conditions.”

A recent report commissioned by Alzheimer’s Australia estimates that more than 245,000 Australians live with dementia. By 2050, it is expected that this number will exceed 1.1 million.

Earlier this week, the group released its 2010 budget submission calling for a billion-dollar investment over the next five years to minimise the impact of dementia.

The submission highlighted the need for further dementia research, coordinated health infrastructure and more education for aged care staff members.

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