Doutta Galla Aged Services operates in my electorate and also in the local government areas of Brimbank, Moonee Valley, Melbourne and Greater Shepparton. It has raised concerns with me through the chair of its board of directors, Bruce Mildenhall, about the outrageous decision by the federal government to cut services to Alzheimer’s by $100 million and to replace that with a measly $54 million to provide Alzheimer’s advice services. This is not what these services require.
I will acknowledge some statistics from Alzheimer’s Australia that were provided to me by Bruce Mildenhall. Each week there are more than 1800 new cases of dementia in Australia — approximately 1 new case every 6 minutes, and that is expected to grow to 7400 new cases each week by 2050.
The $54 million is for an advice service, but there are plenty of organisations already providing advice in relation to Alzheimer’s. The $100 million funded real services to assist people coping with Alzheimer’s. I urge the federal government to refund it.