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The Coalition's commitment to fund the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research



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THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MHR, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON. PETER DUTTON MHR, SHADOW MINISTER FOR HEALTH AND AGEING SENATOR CONCETTA FIERRAVANTI-WELLS, SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH

THE COALITION’S COMMITMENT TO FUND THE CLEM JONES CENTRE FOR AGEING DEMENTIA RESEARCH

A Coalition government will provide $9 million to the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research to assist in its work researching into dementia.

The commitment is part of the Coalition’s $200 million commitment for dementia research that was announced as part of the Coalition’s campaign launch.

The Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research is Australia’s first and only facility entirely focused on research into the prevention and treatment of dementia.

The Centre currently has 35 scientists and it aims to have 70 working within five years.

Medical research is critical to every family in Australia. There are currently 1.2 million Australians caring for someone with dementia.

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

These numbers will only increase as our population gets older. Without a medical breakthrough, nearly one million Australians will be suffering from dementia by 2050.

Fighting dementia has been a shared national priority of both sides of politics since 2004. If elected we will elevate it again, because there is no time to waste.

Sir Robert Menzies said of the medical researcher and inventor of penicillin, Howard Florey, that in terms of world well being Florey “was the most important man ever born in Australia”. Our hope is that one day a similar accolade will be said of an Australian researcher into dementia.

Australia has some of the best medical researchers in the world and our commitment will put us on the front foot as a world leader in the battle against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Funding the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research is part of the Coalition’s Real Solutions Plan to build a stronger Australia and a better future - for all Australians.

26 August 2013