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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 982 ..


The Assembly voted—

Ayes 15

Noes 8

Mr Barr

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Ms Berry

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Lawder

Mr Davis

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Milligan

Mr Gentleman

Mr Parton

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Health—dementia

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (3.49): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) there is a need for improved design and infrastructure to meet the needs of individuals with dementia in Canberra;

(b) having “dementia-friendly design” (as recommended by Dementia Australia) of venues and infrastructure will decrease the risk of social isolation for older individuals;

(c) social inclusion is an integral part of improving mental health in older Canberrans;

(d) access to places that provide social opportunities such as our national institutions and tourist locations should be open to everyone;

(e) there are currently no set standards for physical environments to ensure that they allow for people with dementia to engage safely and as independently as possible with these built environments; and

(f) the Federal Government committed an additional $132.2 million to Dementia Australia in December 2020 in response to the Aged Care Royal Commission’s recommendations on COVID-19; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) investigate how to make Canberra a more dementia friendly city;

(b) formally incorporate these findings into the Age-Friendly City Plan 2020-2024 and outline a timeframe for when the implementation process must be completed by; and

(c) report these findings and table the updated Age-Friendly City Plan 2020-2024 to the Assembly by the end of September 2021. (Notice given 19 April 2021.


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