10 Aug More Funding for High-tech Help to Improve Dementia Care
The Turnbull Government will invest $5.3 million in a pilot project to improve care for people living with dementia, with a particular emphasis on using innovative technologies.
Minister for Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM, said there was a critical need to continue exploring more effective ways to use technology to support people with dementia, as well as their families and carers.
“With up to 250 Australians now joining the population with dementia each day, it is critical we build on our record investment in dementia research and development,” said Minister Wyatt.
“This latest commitment will fund the trialling of technology to improve the quality of life for Australians already living with dementia, from sustaining their independence and enabling them to live in their own homes for longer, to helping families and carers to better understand dementia.”
“It will also extend the capacity of the health and aged care sectors to respond to increased rates of dementia.”
Of the $5.3 million, Dementia Australia will receive initial funding of $1 million in 2018—19 to work with existing technology providers.
The remaining $4.3 million will be allocated through a grants process as part of the redesigned National Dementia Support Program.
“This latest investment will build on the advances made as a result of other innovative projects supported through the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund and the Turnbull Government’s five-year $200 million Boosting Dementia Research Initiative,” Minister Wyatt said.
“Technology will never replace the importance of the human touch of caring but we are already seeing major innovations which are improving and augmenting care.”
“Bedroom technologies such as laser beams, floor sensors and trip lights that alert staff have increased safety for residents, while robots and robotic pets are helping to reduce tension among people with dementia and improving their quality of life.”
More than 425,000 Australians are currently living with dementia and it is estimated this figure will more than double over the next 30 years.