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Alzheimer's Australia joins calls to put Prevention 1st
Alzheimer's Australia has joined the Prevention 1st alliance alongside the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF) in calling on all political parties to act and make a commitment to reduce the "devastating burden of chronic disease" before the election.
In an open letter, more than 25 signatories who include Alzheimer's Australia National Ambassador Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Dr Rosemary Stanton OAM, Professor Ian Webster AO, and June Oscar AO, have signed up to a call by Prevention 1st urging political parties to put preventive health policy first ahead of the July Federal Election.
The signatories said that despite the obesity crisis, Australia had dramatically under-invested in preventive health measures to reduce premature death rates, 83 per cent of which are caused by chronic illness including dementia.
“Because of our inaction in this area, for the first time, we face the very real prospect that our children will have a shorter life expectancy than us. This is not a problem without solutions. If we care about health, then we must put prevention first. Future generations depend on us to take the actions needed to make this happen.”
The Prevention 1st 2016 Election Platform: Our greatest health challenge, urges Australia’s political representatives to take action in seven areas and outlines a clear road map for how to reduce the burden of chronic disease by addressing these known risk factors.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia.
A letter from Professor Graeme Samuel AC, National President, Alzheimer’s Australia
It is a National Health Priority, and there is no cure.
Dementia is the largest health and social challenge facing Australia today. It is estimated that there are now more than 353,8001 Australians living with dementia and approximately 1.2 million people involved in their care.2
By 2050 there will be almost one million people living with dementia.1
The estimated cost of dementia to the health and aged care system is at least $4.9 billion per annum.1