There are almost half a million people living with dementia in Australia and more than two thirds of people living in residential aged care have a moderate to severe cognitive impairment.

The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has identified key failings in the aged care system in relation to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Dementia Australia's roadmap has been developed following extensive engagement and consultation with the health and aged care sector - and most importantly with people with the lived experience of dementia. This roadmap has been developed through the Quality Care Initiative. The roadmap focuses on three key areas that would transform dementia care in Australia:

  1. A single point of contact for people impacted by dementia, to help them find the support they need
  2. Dementia-specific training for all aged care employees
  3. Dementia-friendly design standards across aged care, which help people living with dementia to remain as independent as possible

Improved quality care for people impacted by dementia means reduced hospitalisation, chemical restraint, serious incidents and fewer demands on the system, saving money and saving lives.

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