MOVES to bring a specialised dementia care unit to western Victoria are one step closer after an official $70 million federal health funding announcement last week.
Perth will be first to trial the units, which are set to roll-out in two phases across the nation. At least one unit will be established in each Primary Health Network.
Ballarat is part of the Western Victoria PHN, which also takes in large regional centres Geelong and Warrnambool.
Specialist dementia care programs, within broader residential aged care services, will offer a multidisciplinary approach to care for people who require more support than can be provided through severe behaviour response teams or existing residential care services.
Programs will also aim to stabilise symptoms in a bid to transition people back into mainstream care.
Professional cyclist Nick Locandro led a Ride to Remember from Uluru to his hometown Ballarat last October, encouraging people to become dementia friends.
The initial specialist dementia care plan was flagged for federal funding in 2016.
Bids for the first round of specialised dementia care units will open early this year.
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