CEO Report

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is almost here.

Maree McCabeIt has certainly been a year of change in the sector and a full year for Dementia Australia.

Some of the highlights include; the National Consumer Summit held in March, the launch of the new-look BrainyApp and Dementia Awareness Month which was a fantastic success especially the tour of Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide of Dr Ron Peterson.

We had over 70 consumers from across Australia join us at Parliament House in Canberra in March to set their priorities for future policy and advocacy work. These priorities set by our consumers also influenced the federal election campaign in July, which called on all sides of politics to take action on dementia. Consumer input shaped the You Are Not Alone theme for Dementia Awareness Month. The awareness campaign and focus for Dementia Awareness Month was to increase understanding of dementia and decrease stigma through a change in community attitudes.

We would like to thank all of our consumers and supporters who contributed to our work throughout this year, providing input to ensure our work is driven by those living with dementia and their families and carers. 

It was rewarding to see many positive remarks, especially on social media throughout Dementia Awareness Month as myths were busted and people learned more about dementia and the available support services.

As we wind-down to the end of the year we can take some time to pause and reflect before planning for the exciting challenges 2017 will bring.

If you are in need of information or support over the festive season the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 will be operating Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).

Dementia Australia wishes everyone a safe and happy festive season and a happy healthy and prosperous New Year.

We will be back with more Dementia News in 2017.