February 2, 2010

AUSTRALIA: More Than $21 Million for Dementia Research and Education

. CANBERRA, ACT / Department of Health & Aging / February 2, 2010 Australia has announced $21.7 million in funding over three and half years for three Dementia Collaborative Research Centres and five Dementia Study Training Centres across Australia. Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot said this today after touring the Australian National University’s Dementia Collaborative Research Centre. Justine Elliot, Minister for Aging. Photo: Tweed Daily News “Australia has one of the longest life expectancies in the world. While this is something to be celebrated longevity brings with it greater possibility of dementia and related illnesses. The increasing prevalence of dementia requires us to examine new and innovative approaches to improve dementia diagnosis, prevention and care," Elliot said. The three Collaborative Research Centres to receive funding are the: • Australian National University - $3.9 million for early diagnosis and prevention; • University of New South Wales - $5.1 million for assessment and better care outcomes; and • Queensland University of Technology - $4.1million for research focussing on carers and consumers. The Rudd Government is also working to increase the capacity, skills and knowledge of health professionals who provide care for people living with dementia, their families and carers through the continued funding of the Dementia Training Study Centres. These five training centres, located across Australia are: • University of Wollongong - $2.2 million; • La Trobe University - $2 million; • Alzheimer’s Australia (South Australia) - $1.7 million; • Curtin University of Technology - $1.2 million; and • Queensland University of Technology - $1.3 million. These centres promote dementia studies in Australian graduate and undergraduate curriculum and provide tertiary dementia career pathways and training for health professionals. “In the last two years the Rudd Government has provided nearly $225 million to the Dementia Initiative and more than $384 million to the National Respite for Carers Program,” Minister Elliot said. “This investment in research supplements the Rudd Government’s recent announcement making a further 955 Extended Aged Care at Home – Dementia packages available in the recently announced aged care approvals round. “The Government’s approach to meeting the challenges associated with dementia includes expanding service provision for today, investment in workforce training and skills development to improve quality of care and research for the future. The Dementia Initiative includes: • $90 million a year for Extended Aged Care at Home Dementia Packages that provide services to people with dementia in their own homes; • $24 million a year for dementia research, prevention, early intervention and improved care initiatives, including research grants offered through the National Health and Medical Research Council; and • $7 million for training for aged and community care staff, carers and community workers including police. [rc] Source: Department of Health & Aging, Australia