The 2011/12 Federal Budget was a severe disappointment to people with dementia, their families and their carers, with no new funding to combat the dementia epidemic and terminating the Dementia Initiative. This means a loss of guaranteed funding for essential programs and support services for people living with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Australia wants the 2012/13 Federal Budget to both commit to aged care reform and to recognise that this requires a focus on dementia and additional funding over the next 5 years.
You can help by joining the Fight Dementia march:
Meet: Back of Old Parliament House
9:30am: Registration open
10:30am: March to Parliament House
11:00am: Assembly for speeches from:
• Ita Buttrose, AO, OBE, President Alzheimer’s Australia
• The Hon Mark Butler, Minister for Mental Health & Ageing
• Personal story of dementia
11:30am: BBQ Lunch
For those who would like to participate, we will be holding a Consumer Summit, after the march, in the Main Committee Room of Parliament House where you can hear from leaders in the dementia field and ask your questions. For security reasons the Consumer Summit is strictly an RSVP event only. Please RSVP to Alzheimer’s Australia on 02 6254 4233 if you would like to attend in the afternoon.
12:30pm: Meet at security desk
1:00pm: Commencement of consumer “have your say” facilitated by Ita Buttrose
1:45pm: Break for tea and coffee
2:00pm: Professor Henry Brodaty
2:20pm: Sue Pieters-Hawke