The Minister for Ageing has announced that the Commonwealth Government will continue to fund the Dementia Initiative beyond 2007. Christopher Pyne said the decision demonstrates the Howard Government’s commitment to people with dementia.

“Our ongoing support to the Dementia Initiative includes Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia Packages worth more than $90 million a year by 2009-10,” he said.

“Furthermore, each year we’ll continue to provide $30 million for dementia research, early intervention programs, improved care initiatives, and training.”

Projects that have already been implemented under the initiative range from dementia research and service development to improvements in treatment, care and support for healthcare professionals, including aged care workers.

Program monitoring and evaluation will be used to help determine the direction and targeting of the initiative.

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