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Dementia Action Plan: a first for New Zealand

Dementia Alliance International are delighted to have received permission to share with you the newly launched Dementia Action Plan for NZ, which we felt important to share this week following the 73rd virtual World Health Assembly in Geneva.

The Plan is the result of a collaboration between Alzheimers NZ, the New Zealand Dementia Cooperative and Dementia New Zealand.

The voices and input of over 300 individuals and groups have informed this important plan, which is to be launched in the media next week, an important the first step to encourage  government support and a long term commitment to dementia.

Read the Dementia Action Plan

Their statement:

Covid-19 has highlighted how much of a challenge dementia is for New Zealand. The number of people with dementia is growing fast and services are just not keeping up with the need. Indeed, after Covid-19 dementia will be one of the most significant issues facing our health system this century.

In response to the World Health Organization’s calls for action on dementia, many countries around the world are implementing dementia action plans. In light of this urgent need, the dementia sector has worked collaboratively to prepare a Dementia Action Plan for New Zealand.

We have sent the Dementia Action Plan to Ministers Clark and Salesa. This Plan is the culmination of effort from right across the sector. Our three organisations (the New Zealand Dementia Cooperative, Alzheimers New Zealand, and Dementia New Zealand), along with our wider Working Group, spent many months undertaking the formation, analysis, and consultation of this important document.

However, we could not have done it without the support of the dementia sector. Thanks are due to everyone who took the time to provide feedback on the draft Plan. The draft Plan was circulated widely and consulted on from November 2019 to January 2020. We had a combination of written correspondence, survey feedback, phone conversations, and face-to-face meetings, and we received information from over 300 individuals and groups.

The response was invaluable – and affirming. There was overwhelming support for having a Plan and for the vision, mission and action areas. We took the feedback on board, and the Plan improved as a result. A summary of the consultation response is provided here.

We expect Ministers will take some time to consider this, but we are confident that it will achieve our goal – to put a stake in the ground and a call to action from the sector for Government to follow-through on a commitment to dementia.

We know that there is a high level of goodwill and can-do attitude throughout the sector – and plenty of collaboration happening. We just need some political leadership now to bring everything together cohesively. And we can’t afford to wait too long. The very unfortunate reality is that Covid-19 has made life harder for people affected by dementia.

This is not just because of the personal impact of the crisis, such as the problems caused by lockdown and isolation, but the pandemic has created a range of long-term and significant financial and funding issues for charities such as local Alzheimers organisations.

Inevitably, this will affect the services they provide, and there is a very real risk that existing services – which are already woefully under-funded – will be further compromised.  The bottom line is that charities like ours must receive much-needed financial relief or the government must expect to shoulder much more of the community services load that we currently provide.

So, we stand ready, willing and able, right now, to work with the Ministry, District Health Boards, and across the community organisations to bring this into action. Covid-19 has brought the immediacy of the need for this Plan into sharp relief.

Having said that, we do understand that the world is currently going through an unprecedented scenario in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Many organisations will continue to adapt their services over this time.

However: the principles and values of the Plan – and its role as a catalyst for change – remain the same. We know that ‘getting back to normal’ is probably a not really an option for much of our society – and we are eager for the innovation demonstrated in the sector to come to the fore in the way that this Plan unfolds.

Congratulations Alzheimer’s New Zealand

‘Tackling Dementia – It’s Everybody’s Business’

DAI is proud to support Alzheimer’s New Zealand today by promoting their upcoming biannual conference.

Alzheimer’s New Zealand is a member of our strategic partner, Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Although DAI is regularly asked to promote conferences, if we did this for every dementia related conference in the world, our site would be transformed from one for people with dementia (our members), into a global confernce program, so instead, we limit this to ADI members only, as requested.

DAI also heavily promotes the attendance  of members and their care partners to attend ADI and ADI member conferences, and does quite lot of fundraising to support attendance. It is wondeful that Alzhemer’s New Zealand have found a sponsor the the second time so that registration for peoplewith dementia and thei care parter is free again.

Alzheimer’s Scotland managed to do this for their conference this year as well, an important step to ensuring equal and full inclusion of peoiple with dementia, most who are no longer working due to the disease, or the stigma and discrimiantion dementia brings with it.

We ask that you please consider attending this very important conference, which is only held every two years.

‘Tackling Dementia – It’s Everybody’s Business’ is the premier conference focused on dementia in New Zealand.

The Conference is an opportunity to engage in a multi-sector conversation on how services for people with dementia can be transformed to reflect a world of more choice, flexibility and quick access to support; and to harness the best insights and knowledge from a range of sectors that can all help New Zealand meet the dementia challenge.

Abstracts are up to 250 words in length and if accepted, will be followed up with an oral presentation at this exciting conference.

Submissions close on Friday 22nd June 2018, and acceptance/non-acceptance will be advised by Monday 9th July 2018.

Abstract themes

We invite abstracts reflecting the programme themes:

  • Peer services – people living with dementia supporting themselves and each other
    Includes services delivered by and for people living with dementia

  • Citizenship and rights for people with dementia
    Includes dementia friendly programmes, services and standards, the review of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and supported decision making

  • Effectiveness – the evidence for the right things to do
    Includes therapeutic interventions, the role of service navigation, the lived experience of dementia, biomedical developments and delivery models

  • Innovations – from the margins to the centre: New ideas and thinking
    Includes anything and everything that has the potential to transform the way we experience dementia

One of our blogs from 2015 provides guidelines on attending conferences, especially on how to write and submit an abstract, which you can read here...

If you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email.