Dementia Australia awards $300,000 in funding to help 24 communities become more dementia-friendly

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More than 20 communities across Australia will benefit from Dementia Australia grants to support efforts to become more dementia-friendly.

Each community will focus on different activities that suit the issues and opportunities in their local area and all communities will work closely with local people living with dementia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said creating dementia-friendly communities is vital to ensuring people who live with dementia can continue to participate and contribute to their community in ways that are important to them and to live well in the environment of their choosing.

“An estimated 459,000 Australians live with dementia today and of these, 70 per cent of people live within the community” Ms McCabe said.

“Often, people stop talking to those living with dementia, staying in touch or inviting them to events. People living with dementia are often socially isolated all day, every day. Social engagement and participation is an important outcome of communities that are dementia friendly and contributes to the wellbeing of people living with dementia.

“These grants are designed to support community-based organisations to actively engage and include people living with dementia as they design and deliver local solutions to make their region dementia-friendly”.

The grants will also support community groups to collaborate with dementia alliances, councils, businesses, and education and community organisations over a twelve-month period.

A full list of the community groups awarded a grant of up to $15,000 each is detailed on the next page.


Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.

For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available, and the Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit


Media contacts: Peta Leveritt-Baker, Media Manager – [email protected], 0435 532 214 or Leisa Hurst, Media Advisor – [email protected], 0487 763 459. 


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Recipients of the 2020 Dementia Australia Community Engagement Program Grants


Good Step Association, Brisbane, Media contact: Kamili Eninga Musema M: 0482 440 248 or E: [email protected]  

Texas Lions Club, Texas, Media contact: Joan White M: 0428151142 or E: [email protected]  

Proston Dementia Friendly Support group, Proston, Media contact: Kath Crane M: 0407091019 or E: [email protected]  

Biloela Dementia Action Alliance, Biloela, Media contact: Judy Mazzer M: 0439 549 241 or E: [email protected]

Edge Hill Memorial Bowls Club, Cairns, Media contact: George Burnett M: 0466 668 039 or E: [email protected]   

Dementia Friendly Stanthorpe, Stanthorpe, Media contact: Jim Barnes M: 0438 852 197 or E: [email protected]



Finley Dementia Alliance, Finley, Media contacts: Ben Levesque & Elizabeth Adam P: (03) 5883 9600 or E: [email protected] & M: 0427 617 589 or E: [email protected]   

Lithgow Dementia Alliance, Lithgow, Media contact: Kas Hilton M: 0428 610 959 or E:[email protected]

Edmund Barton Centre Inc., Port Macquarie, Media contacts: Kellon Beard M: 0427 767 246  or  E: [email protected] & Margaret Allen M: 0412 620 428 or E: [email protected]  

Kiama Municipal Council, Kiama, Media contacts: Nick Guggisberg P: (02) 4232 0444 or E: [email protected] & Michael Preston P: (02) 4232 0444 or E: [email protected]

St George & Sutherland Shire Dementia Alliance, Sydney, Media contact: Dragana Bozinovski P: (02) 8027 3227 or E: [email protected]   

Holdsworth Community Ltd., Woollahra, Media contact: Georgia Arnott P: (02) 9302 3600 or E: [email protected]   



Serbian Community Association of Australia, Dandenong, Media contact: Marina Celebic (Manager) M: 0419 370 861 or E: [email protected]   

Australian-Filipino Community Services, Doveton, Media contact: Norminda Forteza (Chaplain) P: (03) 9701 3421 or M: 0438 919 678 or E: [email protected]    

Bigger Hearts Ballarat Dementia Alliance, Ballarat, Media contacts: A/Prof Mark Yates M: 0419 398 007 or E: [email protected]  & Anne Tudor M: 0428 685 166 or E: [email protected]   

Yarra Ranges Council, Yarra Ranges, Media contacts: Caroline Perry, Coordinator Healthy Ageing P: (03) 9294 6216 or E: [email protected] & April Paterson, Age Friendly Community Officer P: (03) 9294 6816 or E: [email protected]




Dementia Friendly Tasmania Inc., Snug, Media contacts: Dianne Carter M: 0417 372 233 & Kath Shearer M: 0412 126 908



Onkaparinga Dementia Alliance, Christies Beach, Media contact: Dr Gwyn Jolley M: 0421 524 116 or E:[email protected]

Greek Welfare Centre of SA, Torrensville, Media contact: Kom Malatos P: (08) 8212 5100 or E:[email protected]

Neporendi Aboriginal Forum Inc., Old Reynella, Media contact: Elijah Bravington M: 0466 945 073 or

E:[email protected]



South West Women's Health and Information Centre, Bunbury, Media contact: Lesley Jackes (Manager) E: [email protected]

Green Head Community Association, Green Head, Media contact: Carol Forrest (President) M: 0488 052 728 or E: [email protected]



Disability Advocacy Service Inc., Alice Springs, Media contact: Fiona Hartnett E:[email protected]

Darwin Arts, Darwin, Media contact: Tania Lieman, M: 0439 855 264 or E:[email protected]