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The coalition's policy for dementia research



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JOINT PRESS RELEASE

THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. PETER DUTTON MHR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING

THE COALITION’S POLICY FOR DEMENTIA RESEARCH

If elected, a Coalition government will provide $200 million to accelerate the work of Australian scientists and medical researchers working on a cure for dementia.

Over 320,000 Australians are afflicted by dementia, including one in four Australians over the age of 85.

Without a medical breakthrough, nearly one million Australians will be suffering from dementia by 2050.

With Australia and the world’s population ageing, there is no time to waste.

Our Policy to accelerate research into dementia will:

 Expand capacity in dementia research by supporting new researchers to commence work in this field;  Allocate priority funding for dementia research projects in the health and aged care sector;  Ensure Australia better transfers existing research into better care for dementia patients; and  Invest in vital dementia research infrastructure and help accelerate progress in finding a cure.

The fight against dementia transcends political boundaries and we recognise the Government’s work on dementia. However, our commitment builds on this.

The Coalition’s commitment to provide a further $200 million over five years into dementia research builds on our earlier announcements to protect medical research funding and provide an additional $35 million to fund research into type 1 diabetes.

The Coalition is proud of its record in government in tackling dementia. In 2004, the Howard Government declared dementia a National Health Priority and in 2005 committed $320 million in that year’s budget to help fund the Dementia Initiative - Making Dementia a National Health Priority.

Australia has some of the best medical researchers in the world. This announcement will further strengthen Australia’s work and reputation as well as give some hope and comfort to the 1.2 million Australians currently caring for someone with dementia.

The Coalition’s $200 million commitment will put Australia on the front foot as a world leader in the battle against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Our policy to accelerate funding for dementia is part of our Real Solutions Plan to build a stronger Australia and a better future for all Australians.

25 August 2013