Psychogeriatric Support Services – Continue funding

The Government will provide funding of $23.7 million to continue to assist aged care workers to care for the estimated 200,000 Australians living with dementia, their families and carers.

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Why is this important?

  • Psychogeriatric support services provide expert diagnosis, assessment, case management advice and support on dementia and challenging behaviours to help aged care workers in residential care and in the community, and the carers and families of people with dementia.

Who will benefit?

  • Many of the estimated 200,000 Australians living with dementia, their families and carers will benefit from this continued funding to help aged care workers to care for people with dementia.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Government will provide continued funding of $23.7 million over four years to continue psychogeriatric support services.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Psychogeriatric Care Units Programme was established in 1994 and since then it has provided expert advice and support for staff in residential care to improve their care of people with dementia and challenging behaviours.
  • In the 2005-06 Budget, the Government provided a $320.6 million over five years package of measures to increase support to people with dementia and their families, and to make dementia a National Health Priority.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This initiative will be reviewed in the 2010-11 Budget.

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