Like one of my colleagues Dr Faizel Ibrahim, who is a senior Consultant Geriatrician at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, and also the person who brought Dignity in Care to South Australia and of which I am a member of the Dignity in Care Action group, I too am very concerned of the impact of the 2015-2016 STATE BUDGET PRIORITIES in South Australia.
This will have a devastating impact to a number of Alzheimer’s Australia SA dementia services in South Australia which are at risk unless urgent action is taken. ONLY $1,485,000 is required.
Thank you so much Faizal for “Championing” the impact of the State Budget on dementia services in South Australia. From my personal experience of caring for my husband for 10 years at home with Younger Onset dementia, I know first-hand what these services mean to people and their families living with dementia. Some of these services have been supporting them for many, many years and they cannot afford to lose them.I support Faizal in saying “This is time for ACTION. Consumer Voice Matters.” If any of you can do anything at all with your “Consumer Voice”, on behalf of all people and their families living with dementia, please do it now. Recent statistics now put dementia as the 2nd highest cause of death in Australia, and it is a terminal disease with no cure. Services cannot be cut.
I was also a member of the SA Department of Health Older Person’s Clinical Network and Dementia Steering Committee, both disbanded recently as well, at about the same time the SA state government decided, in its ‘wisdom’ declared that:
DEMENTIA IS NO LONGER A HEALTH PRIORITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA…
Whilst SA is a smaller state in this wonderful country we call Australia, we have the largest ageing population, and dementia is no less diagnosed here than any other state.
Of course, there has been no public announcements of this… although a few weeks ago, when the government here announced the closing of a number of hospitals and health services, for example, the Repatriation Hospital and the Brain Injury Unit just to name a couple, I also read in our local newspaper that the Health Minister, the Honourable Mr. Jack Snelling announced he had just upgraded his personal office to the tune of about $2.4 million! It is terrific to see where his and my state government priorities lay…