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Government announces dementia support for 2005-06.



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MEDIA RELEASE

Government announces dementia support for 2005-06 Wednesday, 9 November 2005

Greater Southern Area Health Service will receive $103,144 in 2005-06 from the Federal Government to assist in the delivery of improved dementia services in the region.

Member for Hume Alby Schultz said the funding would allow the Goulburn aged care assessment team (ACAT) to continue to employ a part time dementia adviser to provide assessments, management advice and education for health staff and others. The adviser will also provide outreach services in Yass.

The funding would also allow the team to maintain its consultant geriatrician, who also provides services for Yass residents.

Mr Schultz said the current focus within the Greater Southern region was on improved diagnosis and early referral for people with dementia, improved service provider skill base and collaboration across agencies in the management of people with dementia.

In addition to this dementia specific funding, Mr Schultz said the Goulburn ACAT would directly receive $139,070 to fund its range of other services related to identifying the needs of frail older people and helping them gain access to care.

Aged care assessment teams are multi-disciplinary. They can include health professionals such as medical officers, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Assessments are free of charge.

Contact details for the Goulburn ACAT can be obtained by calling the Commonwealth Carelink Centres on 1800 052 222.