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Monday, 3 November 2003
Page: 21724

Ms GRIERSON (1:53 PM) —I wish to place on the public record today the appreciation of the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia for the selfless gesture made by Hazel Hawke AO in publicly disclosing her diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. Too often the onset of dementia is seen as something to hide. Living with dementia is a challenge faced by 165,000 Australians and of course shared by their families, loved ones and carers. We applaud Hazel's ongoing honesty and courage and her ability to think of her fellow Australians, as was always her way as Australia's first lady. The Parliamentary Friends of Dementia wishes her and her family much happiness and congratulates Hazel and Alzheimer's Australia on their joint venture in launching the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund.