The voice of aged care, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), has today welcomed The Turnbull Government’s announcement of $5.3 million for a pilot project to improve care for people living with dementia, with a particular emphasis on using innovative technologies.
LASA CEO Sean Rooney said the trial, involving innovative technologies to assist the 420,000 Australians living with dementia, was a welcome boost for an industry working hard to deliver new and improved models of care.
“Our ageing population presents an innovation imperative for the age services industry.
“We need to accelerate innovation and collaboration in our industry to translate ideas into action, resulting in better outcomes for older Australians.
“While technology can never replace human caring it can go some way to assisting to improve quality of life for those with dementia as well as their loved ones and carers,” Mr Rooney said.
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.
Minister for Aged Care and Indigenous Health Hon Ken Wyatt made the announcement at the LASA Care and Ageing Expo at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in Perth today.
The Expo, themed Navigate the pathway to aged care at the Care and Ageing Expo, is a showcase of the products, services, information and education available for the care and support of older Australians and their families and carers.
One of the features of the Expo is the innovAGEING chat lounge – a showcase of the national innovation network for Australia’s age services industry initiated by LASA last year.
“innovAGEING aims to help ensure the age services industry is forward-thinking, high performing and consumer-centric, with a variety of products, services and delivery models that will meet the individual needs of older Australians and their families.
“I encourage anyone in Perth to visit the Expo which finishes tomorrow at 4.30pm,” Mr Rooney said.