In May 2016, NEAC provided advice to the Associate Minister of Health on what people with dementia and their families need, what the wider community can do, and how the health and social support workforce needs to behave.
NEAC’s advice recognises that while much is already being done, New Zealand can do better to:
- ensure people with dementia are valued and supported to maintain their independence
- recognise and support families so they can provide the best support and care available.
In June 2016, NEAC received a response to this advice from Hon Peter Dunne, Associate Minister of Health. The Minister agreed that work is needed on an ongoing basis in building support in communities, planning ahead, supporting families, whānau and friends, delivering quality health and social support services, and developing a skilled health and social support workforce.