Abbott announces Coalition to help fund dementia research

UP TO $9 million will go to a Queensland dementia research centre as part of the Coalition's $200 million election pledge to help battle the condition.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott announced on Monday that the funds would go to the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research.

His promise followed a $200 million pledge for dementia research around the country, during the Coalition's campaign launch on Sunday.

A statement from Mr Abbott's office said the Coalition aimed to make Australia "a world leader in the battle against dementia".

The funds would go to medical research at the nation's only dedicated dementia research laboratory.

While both sides of politics have acknowledged the issue, the Opposition promised to "elevate it again, because there is no time to waste".

It forms part of a growing pitch to older voters by the Opposition, including changes to the national seniors' health card for self-funded retirees.

Mr Abbott on Sunday said the changes, to index the income threshold of the card, would help more self-funded retirees' access cheaper medicines.

It was welcomed by National Seniors chief executive Michael O'Neill, who said 11 years of inflation had gone by since the last rise in 2001.

But he called for an extra $10,000 rise in the threshold, to include singles on more than $60,000 a year, to help "make a real difference" to higher income retirees.


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