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Greens announce new investment in palliative care

Recognising the importance of palliative care, the Australian Greens have announced a new initiative to help ensure people's care choices can be respected and their pain and suffering minimised.

"Discussions about palliative care can be very difficult and challenging, but if we avoid it, family and friends may not know enough about our wishes to ensure we get the care we want," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today.

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Investing in Dementia Research

Dementia affects more than 300,000 Australians, their families and their friends.

The number of Australians with dementia will significantly increase in coming years.

Although we have begun to identify the diseases that cause dementia, there is still no known cure.

Very little is known about the causes of dementia or how to slow its affects. As a result, dementia is the third most common cause of death in Australia.

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Caring for Older Australians

A caring community treats its older people with dignity and respect. The Greens are committed to ensuring all older Australians are provided with the support services they need so they can be healthy, happy and safe wherever they choose to live.

The Greens have a broad vision of positive ageing that focuses on the strong, positive contribution that older Australians make to our communities.

We're working in aged care, employment services, health care and research, housing and other areas to help older Australians.

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Greens announce $120m over three years for dementia research

The Australian Greens have announced a new initiative to invest $120 million into dementia research over the next three years and provide more choice and control for patients when it comes to the care they receive.

"Dementia affects more than 300,000 Australians, their families and their friends, and the number of Australians with dementia will significantly increase in coming years," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Disappointment as Rudd and Abbott fail to engage on aged care

The Australian Greens said today that they are surprised that Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott are not engaging more on the question of aged care, given 40% of Australian voters being over the age of 50.

"I share the frustration voiced by many people across the aged care sector about the vague and ill-informed responses we got from Mr Rudd and Mr Abbott on the issue of caring for older Australians in Sunday's debate," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today.

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Greens amendments enhance aged care reform package

The Australian Greens today welcomed the passage of aged care reform package through the Senate, with some key Greens amendments enhancing this process of substantial reform to Australia's aged care services.

"The Living Longer, Living Better legislation is an important step forward in ensuring quality care is accessible for all older Australians," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today.

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Research and development essential for improved dementia care

The Australian Greens have today welcomed Alzheimer's Australia to Parliament House, hosting a morning tea for MPs and staff to be briefed on the latest develops and the need for ongoing investments in dementia research, treatment and care.

"Dementia remains one of Australia's major health issues with the number of people with dementia continuing to grow as our population ages" said Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing.

"Significantly, around 1.2 million Australians are caring for someone with dementia.

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Greens flag amendments to aged care reforms

 

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on ageing said today that productive Senate Committee hearings into the aged care reform package had highlighted key areas which may need amending.

“I’ve had the opportunity to speak to people from around the country about these reforms, including people who work across the aged care sector,” Senator Siewert said today.

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