Roadmap draft for aged care

Central and North Burnett Times - - OLDER & WISER -

THE Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment’s $185 mil­lion De­men­tia, Age­ing and Aged Care Mis­sion has re­leased the draft Roadmap for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

It gives the pub­lic an op­por­tu­nity to as­sess the draft and of­fer feed­back on the cur­rent strat­egy. It will as­sist the gov­ern­ment as it seeks to pri­ori­tise fund­ing for crit­i­cal de­men­tia and aged care re­search.

Min­is­ter for Health Greg Hunt de­scribed de­men­tia as “one of Aus­tralia and the world’s great­est health chal­lenges”, but said it was a chal­lenge the Mor­ri­son Gov­ern­ment was “deeply com­mit­ted to”.

“I en­cour­age Aus­tralians to jump on the web­site, read the draft Roadmap and pro­vide ad­vice, so we have a greater un­der­stand­ing of what re­search is re­quired,” he said.

More than 447,000 peo­ple are now liv­ing with de­men­tia in Aus­tralia. The num­ber is ex­pected to be about 1.1 mil­lion peo­ple by 2058.

In 2017, 15 per cent of Aus­tralia’s to­tal pop­u­la­tion – about 3.8 mil­lion peo­ple – were aged 65 and over. By 2057, this fig­ure is pro­jected to grow to more than 8.8 mil­lion or 22 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion.

Aged Care Min­is­ter Richard Col­beck said the draft Roadmap was an im­por­tant and timely strat­egy.

“We want all Aus­tralians to main­tain their health and qual­ity of life as they age, to live well and in­de­pen­dently for longer and ac­cess qual­ity care when they need it,” Mr Col­beck said.

The draft Roadmap is avail­able for com­ment at https:// con­sul­ta­tions.health.gov.au.

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