Aotearoa New Zealand faces another looming health crisis. Government knows about it but has been extremely slow to act.
This health crisis centres on the rapidly growing prevalence of dementia mate wareware, and the totally inadequate Government support/funding for the dementia mate wareware sector over many years.
By 2050, the number of New Zealanders living with dementia mate wareware will raise to 170,000 and it will cost the country nearly $6 billion a year. It will hit our Māori, Pacific, and Asian communities hardest, creating major health equity issues.
But we can stem the worst impacts. To do that, Government must act now and do these two things urgently:
- Implement and fund the Dementia Mate Wareware Action Plan to reduce the rapidly growing incidence of dementia mate wareware among New Zealanders and provide better support for those diagnosed with the condition.
- Provide $9 million per year to stabilise community dementia mate wareware support services. Many of these services are on the brink of financial collapse.
You can support us to campaign for these changes using the actions below.
Resources and information:
Briefing to the Incoming Minister
In our Briefing to the Incoming Minister of Health Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall, we have urged Government to stem the worst impacts of the looming health crisis.