25 May 2009

Work of the Australian Dementia Collaborative Research Centre

Queensland has fastest increase in rate of dementia in Australia: minister visits Queensland Dementia Research Centre
Minister for Ageing: 28 April 2009
The Minister for Ageing, Mrs Justine Elliot today visited the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC) to see first-hand the benefits of research on people living with dementia and their carers.

Currently, there are more than 29,000 people in Queensland living with dementia and more than 200,000 nationally . Queensland is experiencing a faster increase in the rate of dementia than other parts of Australia and it is expected to increase by six-fold by 2050. That means that there would be more than 170,000 Queenslanders living with dementia within 40 years. Nationally, the increase is expected to be four-fold . Queensland is home to some of the highest life expectancies in Australia – which has the longest life expectancy in the English speaking world. The Sunshine Coast and parts of Perth have the longest life expectancies in the world. … > full press release

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