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Gill Ayling, Head of Global Action Against Dementia with the United Kingdom's Health Department, was Dementia Australia's guest speaker for Dementia Awareness Month in 2015.

This recording is from her Brisbane presentation on Global Action Against Dementia.

The numbers of people diagnosed with dementia increases every week. There are more than 353,800 people in Australia living with dementia. This number is predicted to rise by one third over the next decade. It is also estimated that more than 24,000 younger people are living with dementia.

At the same time significant numbers of Australians are experiencing homelessness.

These are people in vulnerable situations who face great challenges in accessing good brain health interventions and access to robust and appropriate dementia services and support, at a time when they need it most.

The link between dementia and the social causes of the health of homeless people are highlighted in this resource.

"What's one memory from your life that you'd never want to forget?"


"Why is storytelling so important in Aboriginal culture?"


"What's one message you would like to pass on to a new generation?"


As part of National Science Week 2014, the Dementia Australia Dementia Research Foundation with the support of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, the ACT National Science Week committee, Questacon and the ABC network, organised a dementia research panel discussion titled Towards a World Without Dementia – Prevention, Cure and Care.

Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National led the panel on a discussion of questions such as how close researchers are to finding a cure for dementia? How can we reduce our risk of dementia? And where to next with dementia research?

Panellists included:

  • Ita Buttrose AO, OBE - Journalist, author and National Ambassador for Dementia Australia
  • Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO - Co-Director, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing and Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, UNSW
  • Professor Kaarin Anstey - Director, Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing and Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, ANU
  • Dr Zoe Terpening - Clinical Neuropsychologist, Brain and Mind Research Institute, Sydney Uni
  • Christine Bryden - Dementia advocate, author and living well with a diagnosis of dementia

This clip was downloaded from ABC Big Ideas website - the original can be found here -