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Dementia draft plan released

21 September 2011

The Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, and the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, Andrew Constance, today released the Consultation Draft Implementation Plan for the NSW Dementia Services Framework 2010-2015.

Minister Skinner said the NSW Government was committed to improving the quality of life for people living with dementia, their families and carers, particularly with the predicted increase in the numbers of people who will experience dementia in the future.

"The release of the consultation draft implementation plan for the NSW Dementia Services Framework is an important step in reiterating the NSW Government's commitment to improving the way dementia care is provided," she said.

"The draft plan will provide the community and service providers with information about the focus of dementia care improvements in NSW, seeking their involvement in deciding what, where and how this will be achieved."

The numbers of people in NSW affected by dementia is expected to quadruple from almost 80,000 to more than 340,000 in the next 40 years.
The majority of people with dementia live independently at home with assistance and support by family, neighbours and the community.

"We want to support these people to be able to remain at home for as long as possible by improving planning, coordination and access to dementia services at both state and local levels across NSW," Minister Constance said.

"The consultation draft implementation plan will be a key tool that will guide the NSW Government in our achievement of this goal."

Strategies within the draft plan address a wide range of care needs from knowing where to go for help, keeping healthy, obtaining a diagnosis, living with dementia, obtaining more support, managing illness, managing behaviour and personality changes, transition to residential care, and access to palliative care.

The consultation process will seek to confirm a number of proposed priority areas for improving dementia care in NSW and clarify targets against which to measure implementation progress.

Minister Constance will launch the draft plan tonight at the Alzheimer's & You? seminar held as part of Dementia Awareness Week 2011.

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