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Human rights based approach to aged care

Dementia Australia today welcomed the Australian Greens policy release and their human rights based approach to aged care.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said as the peak body for the purpose of autonomy, independence and human rights of people living with dementia.

"We are committed to vision for a world where people live with dementia are valued, included and receive support and choose," Ms McCabe said.

"More than half of residents living in residential homes have a diagnosis of dementia and tend to have much higher needs than residents who do not have dementia, while around 70 per cent of people with dementia live in the community.

"Through health, aged care and disability reforms over the past few years. It is clear that supporting people have been impacted by dementia.

"The additional pledges in the policy to increase home care packages, the hours of staff to reside in residential care, and attention to the numbers of staff and ratios are to be commended."

“The focus on reducing overuse and misuse of chemical and physical restraint alignments with Dementia Australia's long-held position and this must be a priority for all parties.

"We look forward to hearing from the political parties in the lead." . "

For Dementia Australia's Federal Budget submission go to https://www.dementia.org.au/files/submissions/Dementia-Australia_FEDERAL_Pre-Budget-submission-2019-20.pdf

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Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, all ages, living with dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 436,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer's Australia. Dementia Australia's services are supported by the Australian Government.

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(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative) Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

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