Turnbull Government addressing dementia

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said the Turnbull Government is taking steps to help address dementia.

The Turnbull Government is part way into its five-year $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative, which has led to 127 projects involving over 280 researchers across 24 universities and research institutions in Australia, promising major milestones towards dementia prevention and cures.

The initiative’s progress report made several findings including the potential of ultrasound technology to improve memory and slow the onset of dementia, by helping clear a toxic protein from the brain.

“Sadly, dementia is Australia’s second most common cause of death,” Mrs Marino said.

“It has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death for women.

“The Turnbull Government’s initiative has placed Australia as a world leader in many aspects of dementia research.”

The Liberal-led Government has just announced a new $5.3 million pilot program aimed at improving aged care for people living with dementia, through an emphasis on applying innovation.

This pilot program builds on the initiative which has made a number of findings including the impact of childhood stress as a dementia risk factor and harnessing the power of music to assist people living with dementia.

“I’ve met so many people affected by dementia,” Mrs Marino said.

“I’m pleased the Government is taking proactive steps towards combating this insidious disease.”