Ahead of the General Election, Alzhiemers NZ has written to each political party seeking information regarding their policies and plans to respond to the healthcare challenge that dementia presents.
Below is New Zealand First's response to our questions.
What will you do to promote and support a New Zealand Dementia Strategy?
New Zealand First has long supported establishing and implementing a national strategy for addressing dementia, and other diseases and health concerns where a national strategy is clearly needed; incorporating health education initiatives, improved screening programmes and strategies. We would work collaboratively with all involved organisations to ensure an effective strategy.
What will you do to encourage and promote a dementia-friendly NZ?
New Zealand First would support the development and implementation of a nationwide Dementia Strategy, including education of the wider community, to increase public understanding of the causes and effects of dementia.
What will you do to strengthen community and home-based support for people affected by dementia?
New Zealand First supports the ‘Carers Strategy’ to improve the support for carers of people with illnesses and disabilities. We would also ensure adequate funding and support for family home carers.
What will you do to lift the quality of care and support for people affected by dementia?
New Zealand First understands that the minimum wage is not enough to provide the support that is needed to people with long-term illness and disabilities; we would review the funding given to those who provide the very hard and undervalued work of caregiving.
How will you increase the investment in research into dementia?
New Zealand First believes a properly funded and resourced public health service will not only provide better for our country, but save money in the long run.
We would support a review of current funding of research into dementia and provide an increase in funding where available.
How will you establish New Zealand’s leadership role in respect of dementia?
New Zealand First believes that this could be achieved by using improved work force planning and medical research funding appropriately directed into recognised areas of need.
For the full briefing paper and responses from other parties, click here.
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