New funding for dementia

Reaching rural and regional communities, improved pain management and reducing social stigma are the focus of new federal government funding to awareness and service group Dementia Australia.

Welcoming $30 million in grants over three years made under the National Dementia Support Program, Dementia Australia described dementia as 'the chronic disease of the 21st century'.

Dementia Australia can now continue to operate the National Dementia Helpline offering advice and support to patients, carers and families.

There will also be an increased focus on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, culturally and linguistically diverse, and rural and regional communities; as well as continuing to deliver early intervention supports such as the successful Living with Dementia program; along with a new emphasis on innovation and technology.