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19    Health— Dementia

Senator Urquhart, at the request of Senators Polley and Siewert and pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 647—That the Senate—

               (a)       notes that:

                                     (i)       there are currently 413,106 Australians living with dementia, with around 244 people diagnosed with dementia each day,

                                    (ii)       more than 500,000 Australians will have dementia by 2025 and more than 1 million by 2050, and

                                  (iii)       dementia is the leading cause of death for Australian women and, within the next five years, will be the leading cause of death for all Australians;

               (b)       acknowledges that:

                                     (i)       people living with dementia, their families and carers are significantly lonelier than the general public, and

                                    (ii)       for many of us, Christmas represents joy, happiness and time with family and loved ones, but for others it can be a very sad and lonely time; and

                (c)       urges all levels of government to:

                                     (i)       keep those living with dementia, their families and carers in mind this Christmas, and

                                    (ii)       continue raising awareness of dementia within their communities so that people living with dementia and their families feel less isolated and alone.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister (Senator McGrath), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.