MESSAGE TO SHARE: MP Karen Andrews hopes that Alzheimer’s Australia President, Ita Buttrose will visit the Coast.
MESSAGE TO SHARE: MP Karen Andrews hopes that Alzheimer’s Australia President, Ita Buttrose will visit the Coast. Contributed

Ita Buttrose to visit Coast

ITA Buttrose knows about the importance of the early diagnosis of dementia, and she wants to share her experience with the Gold Coast.

MP Karen Andrews has invited Ms Buttrose, the Alzheimer's Australia president to the Coast in March next year to attend a public forum on dementia.

The member for McPherson said she took the opportunity to speak with the media icon at Parliament House during a Parliamentary Friends of Dementia meeting last Thursday.

"She indicated that she would love to come to the Gold Coast in her capacity as Alzheimer's Australia president," Mrs Andrews said.

The MP said significant developments had been made in the area of early diagnosis and she would like to share the research with those affected by the condition.

"I was briefed by Professor John Breitner and Ms Buttrose about developments in both the early diagnosis and risk factors associated with dementia and Alzheimer's disease," she said.

"There is a lot of research currently being undertaken in this area including the biology of the disease, risk factors and the possible prevention of the acceleration of the condition."

Mrs Andrews said she was working with Alzheimer's Australia to help identify the needs of people with the disease and methods to raise awareness in the community.



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