Younger onset dementia summit 2013

A new horizon?

Summit outcomes

The outcomes from Day 1 of the summit are provided in the report, Younger Onset Dementia: A new horizon?

The report includes six priority areas for action:

  1. Increased awareness to reduce stigma and to improve the opportunity for social participation by individuals in their local community.
  2. Timely and accurate diagnosis with access to specialist services as needed.
  3. Ensuring the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) places the person with younger onset dementia and their family at the centre and supports their choices and control over their future and the services and supports they require.
  4. Action by service providers to redesign their services so they can respond flexibly to the goals, aspirations and plans of younger people with dementia.
  5. Opportunities to participate in society with access to employment and adequate income security.
  6. There must be a greater investment in research into causes, cure and care of younger onset dementia if there is to be a better understanding of the condition.

These priorities were further discussed on 20 March 2013 at Day 2 of the Younger Onset Dementia: A new horizon? summit, which was attended by 320 service providers, stakeholders and policy makers across the aged care, disability and mental health sectors.

Speakers at the summit included Ita Buttrose, people with younger onset dementia, their carers, service providers and researchers. Speeches and presentations can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

Dementia Australia would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation and Nich and Rosemary Rogers.

Further information

Click on the following links to access further information:

Dementia Australia's submissions on younger onset dementia

Speeches and presentations

To view the speeches and presentations given at the 2013 Younger Onset Dementia Summit, click on the links below (they will all open as PDF format).