Dementia prevention: the time to act is now

Dr Terence Chong, psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and his coauthors (including the National Health and Medical Research Council National Institute for Dementia Research Prevention Special Interest Group) are advocating for “substantial, timely, and sustained investment in dementia prevention”.

Dr Chong and colleagues say dementia prevention needs to be Australia’s next public health area of focus, as the nation heads towards a projected number of one million people with dementia by 2056. They have developed a multilayered action plan with eight recommendations, in a Perspective paper published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.

You can read more about this issue and their plan in the media release here and the full paper here.