May 2023: Update from the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee (DAAC)

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Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping fit and well, and avoiding all the bugs that are around, as Winter draws in and the weather cools down.

Some of the projects and activities in which the DAAC have been involved since the last newsletter include the review of two projects, designed to ensure that Dementia Australia is meeting the needs and improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.

The first is around the design of an impact framework, which will focus on identifying what changes are occurring because of the work of Dementia Australia’s programs and services.

The second is the A Stronger Voice Together document, co-designed by staff and consumers, which provides a framework for all consumer engagement across the organisation.

While planning continues around DAAC priorities, as discussed in the previous newsletter, we are also looking ahead to Dementia Action Week which will be held from 18 to 24 September.

The April Advocates drop-in session was very well received after the meeting was changed to a more structured format based on feedback from Advocates. The focus was on the use of social media in dementia advocacy, with excellent presentations given by Leisa Hurst from the Dementia Australia Communications Team, Phil Hazell, past Chair of the DAAC and Sarah Ashton, current DAAC member. Looking forward to the next one taking place in June.

Wishing you all well.

Bobby Redman
Chair, Dementia Australia Advisory Committee