Improving the quality of residential care remains a central priority for Alzheimer’s Australia

2 October 2014

Speaking at the Blue Cross Extravaganza in Melbourne, National President of Alzheimer’s Australia, Graeme Samuel AC, outlined to the aged care industry his three priorities for his term in the role: improving access to quality residential care, reducing the stigma attached to the condition, and increasing investment in dementia research.

Mr Samuel said that there was a huge agenda to address in improving the quality of life and care for people with dementia in residential and community care.

“Possibly the worst day in my family’s life was the day we had to make the decision to place our mother into an aged care facility,” Mr Samuel said.

“I can empathise with the difficulties faced by carers and families who have loved ones in aged care facilities in establishing a genuine care partnership with staff.

“I am confident that my personal experience in caring for my mother who had dementia has given me invaluable insights into the small things that matter in caring for people with dementia.

“The increasing number of people living with dementia, and reports of variable care for people with complex dementia care needs, give urgency to Dementia Australia’s call for zero tolerance for poor quality care.

“Quality residential care that is accessible to those with dementia is crucial if service providers are to achieve a level of service that meets the complex needs of people with the condition.

“As President of Alzheimer’s Australia, I look forward over the years to developing these priorities with service providers.”

Read Graeme's speech here.


Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 332,000 people have dementia in Australia. The number of people with dementia is expected to be almost 900,000 by 2050.

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500

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(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)                            

Dementia is a National Health Priority Area                                             


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