New national approach to dementia support

The Australian Government today announced the next phase in a new national approach to programmes and services supporting people with dementia and their carers.

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The Australian Government today announced the next phase in a new national approach to programmes and services supporting people with dementia and their carers.

Minister for Aged Care, Sussan Ley, said the restructure follows the findings of last year’s Analysis of Dementia Programmes report which showed us what was working well and what can be improved.

“What I want to see is a nationally streamlined approach to the design, development and outcomes from dementia programmes and services”, Ms Ley said.

“This will produce better services for people with dementia, carers and also providers, each of whom need to know the range of support and assistance accessible irrespective of where you live.

“To achieve this, we will go to market to engage a single national provider to deliver a streamlined dementia education programme, consolidating the Dementia Training Study Centres and the Dementia Care Essentials programmes and a single national provider (replacing eight separate state/territory-based providers) to deliver the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service from October this year.

“We will also work with current stakeholders to develop an improved range of consumer support programmes to help care for those with dementia across the life-cycle of the disease, improving consistency of support to them and their carers.

“To ensure a smooth transition, my Department will talk with current providers about options for ensuring continuity of service until all the arrangements for this new national approach can be finalised”, Ms Ley concluded.

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