A National Centre for Monitoring Dementia (NCMD) is being established at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health and Ageing, and Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Services, announced $13 million over four years would be allocated to a dementia monitoring work program and the establishment of the centre.
The AIHW National Centre for Monitoring Dementia will undertake routine monitoring of dementia, address existing data gaps and inform specific policy needs for Australians living with dementia. Preliminary work to establish the centre has commenced. It will also encompass work on dementia that is already underway at AIHW, including projects on younger onset dementia, the mental health of people with dementia and the health and aged care interface for people with dementia.
Senator Colbeck unveiled details of the centre in a video address, during which he also launched Dementia in Australia, the AIHW’s first major report on dementia since 2012.
‘The report demonstrates the Institute’s expertise in producing the information and statistics, that underpin our world-leading health and welfare systems,’ Senator Colbeck said.
‘Health and aged care policy is always the better for being informed timely and accurate data and information. This is a valuable report that provides an updated comprehensive picture of dementia and its impacts on Australia’s health and aged care sectors.’
The launch coincided with the start of Dementia Action Week, which runs from 20‑26 September 2021.
The launch also heard from AIHW CEO Rob Heferen, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe AM and Dementia Advocate Natalie Ive.