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Monday, 2 May 2016
Page: 4136


Mrs GRIGGS (Solomon) (16:33): I rise today to talk about our recent visit to Alzheimer's Australia NT, where I met with the chief executive, Ray Norman, and his team. We talked about the great work that they do. During the meeting, they rightly pointed out that dementia is everyone's business. It is not just a disease of the elderly. The impact is huge. In my communities of Darwin and Palmerston there are people as young as 38 who living with dementia.

During the meeting, Alzheimer's Australia NT were very happy to hear about the $3.84 million that it was recently announced will be spent on 24 dementia-specific beds at Terrace Gardens, which is a great aged-care facility in my electorate.

I realise that the timer for this speech did not start, so in fairness to the others I will finish my remarks. I look forward to continuing the work with Alzheimer's Australia NT and I am very grateful for the $3.84 million that is going to help with 24 dementia-specific beds in my electorate.