ACSA welcomes Commonwealth delivery of specialist dementia care units

Release date: 05 Feb 2019

The peak body for not-for-profit aged care providers, Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of $70 million for a new network of specialist care dementia units.

“These units are designed to support people who experience very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), providing care for people who require more support than can be provided through Severe Behaviour Response Teams or existing residential care services. It is a much-needed addition to the service system supporting people with dementia,” said ACSA CEO Patricia Sparrow. 

“Dementia is one of the major reasons older people enter aged care or seek assistance and its prevalence is rising, so it is very good to see the federal government responding to our increasing needs in this area.

“This extremely important investment was flagged in 2016, following broad multi-disciplinary consultation through the Ministerial Dementia Forums and we commend the government for progressing this.

“ACSA will continue to support and work with government and all stakeholders to provide the best quality care to all older Australians who need support.

“The Royal Commission will be important in allowing the kind of whole of community discussion we need to examine all of the complex challenges and opportunities facing our ageing population.”

As the peak body representing church, charitable and community-based organisations providing accommodation and care services to older people, people with a disability and their carers, ACSA can be contacted for comment on issues affecting the industry.

Areas ACSA may provide media commentary on include:  

  • Aged care reforms
  • Residential aged care
  • Home care
  • Independent and retirement living
  • Housing for older Australians
  • Palliative care
  • The aged care workforce in Australia


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