Dementia Australia honoured as one of 2020 AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies

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Dementia Australia was today acknowledged with top 10 inclusion in the 2020 AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies List for the tablet app, A Better Visit™.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was an honour to be recognised for the app which was designed to help families enjoy ‘a better visit’ with loved ones living with dementia.

“We are proud to be included in the Government, Education and Not-for-profit category across Australia and New Zealand,” Ms McCabe said.

“This award demonstrates our commitment to utilising world-first applications of serious games and virtual reality technologies as a point of difference, globally and advocating for and influencing changes in dementia policy and practice.

“And - our commitment to enabling everyone who visits a loved one with dementia to have fun and enjoy their time together.”

The prestigious annual list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, is based on an assessment of a top innovation implemented in the past two years – specifically, the judges look at how valuable the problem is that the innovation is solving, the quality and uniqueness of the solution, and the level of impact that the innovation has had. 

The judges also consider internal elements such as innovation culture, strategy, resources and process, which demonstrate a sustainable and repeatable approach to innovation.

A Better Visit™ is free to download for tablets from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store and has been downloaded more than 6,000 times in Australia and globally, including the US, UK, Canada and France. 

The tablet screen size enables larger graphics which means people living with dementia are easily able to navigate, or with some support, engage inclusively with visitors of any age as well as with care workers.

The interaction facilitated by the app, as well as the stimulating images and sounds can enhance enjoyment and discussions for everyone. 
The free app consists of eight, two-player games designed to assist communication and a more positive interaction between people living with dementia and their visitors.

The full 2020 AFR Boss Most Innovative Companies list can be viewed here

A Better Visit app was developed with the support of Lifeview Residential Care and the technical knowhow of the team at Swinburne University Future Self and Design Living Lab.

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 dementia.org.au 

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Media contacts: Sarah Richards, Media & Communications Advisor, 0448 341 628, [email protected] 

When talking or writing about dementia please refer to Dementia-Friendly Language Guidelines.