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    31   early onset dementia

Ms Rishworth, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)    recognises the devastating impact of early onset dementia on the lives of sufferers and their families;

(2)    notes that:

(a)    individuals who suffer from early onset dementia often face unique challenges including obtaining an accurate and early diagnosis and finding appropriate accommodation and care facilities; and

(b)   early onset dementia sufferers are generally still physically active, engaged in paid employment and many still have significant family responsibilities at the time of their diagnosis;

(3)    acknowledges that these characteristics often mean that sufferers of early onset dementia require support services tailored to their unique circumstances including:

(a)    accommodation with appropriate support and activities specifically for their age;

(b)   support for family members to understand and cope with the impact of the disease especially for young dependent children; and

(c)    support for the individual and their families in managing their reduced capacity to work and inability to fulfil family responsibilities, such as parenting, as a result of the disease; and

(4)    calls on all levels of government to work together to appropriately support those suffering from early onset dementia and their families.

Debate ensued.

Mrs K. L. Andrews addressing the House—

The time allotted for private Members’ business having expired, the debate was interrupted, Mrs K. L. Andrews was granted leave to continue her speech when the debate is resumed, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.