De­men­tia cost

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has wel­comed the re­lease of the Alzheimer’s Aus­tralia re­port on the eco­nomic cost of de­men­tia in Aus­tralia. The re­port said de­men­tia will cost Aus­tralia $14.7 bil­lion in 2017 and a 5% re­duc­tion in the in­ci­dence of de­men­tia would save $5.7 bil­lion over 10 years. Min­is­ter for Aged Care Ken Wy­att AM said the gov­ern­ment had com­mit­ted $200 mil­lion over five years to de­men­tia re­search, which un­der­lined the gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­ity on this is­sue. “Cur­rently more than 350,000 Aus­tralians are af­fected by de­men­tia – it’s one of the pri­or­ity health chal­lenges of our times,” he said.

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