Improving dementia support
The Federal Government will build a nationally consistent dementia support services following analysis released today that described a system with a “lack of consistency and coordination”.
Minister for Aged Care Sussan Ley said the report looked at specific dementia education, training and additional support programmes – not core aged care services funding.
“The number of Australians with dementia is predicted to grow to over one million people in the next 40 years and currently 1.2 million Australians are involved in the care of someone with the disease,” Ms Ley said.
Ms Ley said the independent analysis, conducted by KPMG, identified a “lack of national consistency and coordination of workforce education and training services” and highlighted “unmet needs within some consumer cohorts”.
Ms Ley said, while the report made a number of recommendations about the path forward, the Government would consult with the Aged Care industry before announcing its response to the report by the end of the year.
“The independent report has painted a variable and inconsistent picture of dementia support services from programme to programme and state to state,” Ms Ley said.
“The aged care sector must play a part in the development of any policies and work hand-in-hand with Government to develop a truly national approach to improve their national alignment, coordination and effectiveness.”
Ms Ley said the consultation would begin tomorrow at the second annual Ministerial Dementia Forum.
KPMG conducted a nationwide consultation process that included all capital cities and five regional centres.
The KPMG analysis can be found at www.dss.gov.au/dementia.
5 November 2015.