Australians will be able to have their say on the government’s $185 million Dementia, Ageing and Aged Care Mission with this week’s release of a draft roadmap.
The medical research package aims to help older Australians maintain their health and quality of life as they age, live independently for longer and access quality care when they need it. The funding will be invested from 2018–19 to 2028–29.
Those interested will be able to sound off on the mission’s goals, guiding principles and priorities, as well as areas of research they would prefer to see.
In a statement, Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the consultation will help the government as it seeks to prioritise funding for critical dementia and aged care research.
“Greater research into dementia is vital, but it’s important to ensure the research is targeted to have the greatest impact,” Hunt said.
“I encourage Australians to jump on the website, read the draft Roadmap and provide advice, so we have a greater understanding of what research is required.”
The University of Queensland’s Clem Jones Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research was the first to benefit from the mission, after it was awarded $10 million for its ‘Breaking through dementia’ project. Upcoming grant opportunities are scheduled to open in early 2020.
Funding for the mission was made available through the Medical Research Future Fund, a long-term investment supporting Australian health and medical research.
Public consultation will close on 17 February 2020.
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