Media Releases

15 February 2018

A new short film has been released for the Hindi-speaking community designed to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition -and not a normal part of ageing.

This is the latest in an award-winning series of films aimed at a number of non-English speaking communities in Australia to help de-stigmatise and promote awareness of the condition. The film was developed to encourage the acceptance of dementia as a medical condition, dispel myths, and educate the community about the disease.

9 February 2018

The strengthening of compliance and complaint processes, as well as more information about the quality and performance of residential aged care services are among changes that would see further improvements to the aged care system, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said today.

7 February 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the release of new guidelines to reduce unnecessary prescription of medications in older Australians living with dementia.

Dementia Australia CEO Ms Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia supports the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approved guidelines that assist healthcare professionals determine when it might be suitable to trial the withdrawal of medications when treating people living with dementia.

5 February 2018

A new report released by Carers Australia today highlights the urgent need for dementia specific respite care across Australia, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said today.

The findings, based on a survey conducted by Carers Australia, make it clear that demand for residential respite care is not being met. Respondents identified a range of issues for carers, including not enough residential respite care beds, particularly for high and dementia-specific care needs.

29 January 2018

Monday 29 January 2018

Dementia Australia congratulates Mr Paul John Robertson AO for his inclusion in the 2018 Australia Day Honours as an Officer of Australia in the General Division.

Mr Robertson has been honoured for his distinguished service to the community through ethical leadership and management of, and philanthropic contributions to, health, social enterprise, research, education and arts organisations.

26 January 2018

Australia Day 26 January 2018

Dementia Australia congratulates Emeritus Professor David Ames AO for his inclusion in the Australia Day Honours today as an Officer of Australia in the General Division.

24 January 2018

The use of song-writing to improve the relationships between people living with dementia and their families is just one of 17 new projects that will share in more than $1 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.
Dr Imogen Clark from the University of Melbourne was awarded a $50,000 Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care and will use the funding to explore the potential of group song-writing as a means for improving social connection, mental health, wellbeing and quality of life for people with dementia and their family carers.

23 January 2018

The cost estimates to care for a person living with dementia in residential aged care, released by Flinders University today, reaffirms Dementia Australia’s call for the urgent need for ongoing, systemic, aged care reform.

The annual cost of $88,000 to care for a person living with dementia in residential aged care can be reduced by improving the training of our workforce and applying dementia-friendly principles in the community, throughout the aged care sector and in hospitals.

12 January 2018

Comedian Luke McGregor will be a guest performer at this year’s Dementia Australia’s annual fundraising gala dinner A Night to Remember.

12 January 2018

The development of the Tweed area as a dementia-friendly community is evident with a steady increase in the number of local businesses and organisations being added to the National Dementia Friendly Community Hub. The latest to join is the Tweed Community Support (Meals on Wheels) which was recognised last year.

11 January 2018

Dementia Australia is dismayed that Pfizer, the world’s third largest drug maker, has announced this week that it will end its research to discover new medications for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe, said that research into dementia and Alzheimer’s disease was a key element in addressing the impact that dementia has on our communities.

10 January 2018

Dementia Australia is pleased to announce they will be running a series of free educational courses for family, carers, friends and volunteers, of people who are living with dementia in the Albury region.

3 January 2018

Dementia Australia is calling on individuals and corporations to register their team, and raise money for Dementia Australia, as their charity partner, for the Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run and Cole Classic Swim in Sydney this summer.
The event, to be held on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Saturday 3 February and Sunday 4 February 2018, aims to raise much needed funds for over 900 charities, including Dementia Australia.