Minister presented with award for dementia work

FEDERAL Mental Health Minister Mark Butler has received international recognition for his work to help people affected by dementia.

Mr Butler received an award from Alzheimer's Disease International for his ongoing commitment to improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

Alzheimer's Australia president Ita Buttrose presented Mr Butler with the award in Sydney on Monday.

"Australia has enjoyed a worldwide reputation for creating and implementing dementia policy since 2005 and Mark Butler has played an important role in what we have achieved," Ms Buttrose said.

"Bipartisan support has provided landmark improvements in policy and program development for Australians living with dementia."

Mr Butler has spoken out publicly in support of Alzheimer's Australia's Fight Dementia Campaign and the need for dementia to be a key focus in aged care reform.

Last year, he added weight to these claims by announcing the Living Longer. Living Better. Aged Care Reform package which commits $268.4 million over five years to better support people with dementia.