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Over $825,000 for Gilmore aged care teams.

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Joanna Gash Member for Gilmore

21 October 2004


Shoalhaven's Aged Care Assessment Teams have been granted over $800,000 to assist their capacity to assess people with dementia.

Northern Shoalhaven received $320,000 and Milton/Ulladulla, $492,099.

An additional $12,828 has been granted to the Northern Shoalhaven ACAT to enable the employment of an enrolled nurse focusing on the complex issues of securing appropriate residential and respite care, and providing carer education.

The funding is part of a package which represents a 9.8% increase nationally from last year.

Gilmore MP, Joanna Gash said she welcomed the package because it recognised the needs of the ageing in Gilmore.

Mrs Gash said that the Government has promised to boost funding to dementia services by an additional $200 million over the next four years.

"The Australian Government recognises the profound effect that dementia has on those living with the condition, their carers and families, and our community as a whole.

"The present expenditure nationally on supporting people with dementia and their carers is about $2.6 billion a year.

"Dementia and its related disorders accounted for about 2.1% of all male deaths and 4.7% of all female deaths in Australia in 2002.

"The national funding initiative is important in addressing these statistics and hopefully turning them around by also investing in research, treatment and care", Mrs Gash said.

In other statistics about Dementia;

* More than 162 000 Australians have a diagnosis of dementia, with perhaps as many again in the early stages of dementia * Australians over the age of 65 have a one in 15 chance of developing the disease * Among people aged 80 to 84 the rate is one in nine * Among those aged over 85 it is one in four * The disease affects mostly people in their 70s and 80s, but can appear in people who are in their 40s or younger.