Labor is marking World Alzheimer’s Day by calling on Malcolm Turnbull to make dementia a priority and invest in dementia care and dementia-friendly communities.

After three years of mismanagement and cruel cuts under the Abbott/Turnbull Liberal Government dementia care in Australia has reached a critical point.

The World Alzheimer Report 2016: Improving healthcare for people living with dementia calls for a radical change in the way healthcare is delivered to people living with dementia, which is now the second leading cause of death in Australia.

The report particularly calls for a continuous, holistic and integrated approach to healthcare for people with dementia and the prioritisation of research that evaluates the effectiveness of different care models.

World Alzheimer’s Day renews that call for global action to increase the coverage of healthcare for people with dementia worldwide.

Labor knows it’s time for action on dementia and we call on Malcolm Turnbull to back the creation of dementia-friendly communities.
There are more than 1800 new cases of dementia in Australia each week – it is not a future issue, it is here and now.

Without a dedicated Minister for Ageing, dementia care has unfortunately become a lower order priority.

Australians living with dementia, their families and those who provide care and services deserve better.
It is time for Malcolm Turnbull to step out of the shadows of Tony Abbott and take the challenge of dementia seriously.