Media Releases

6 August 2018

Dementia Australia today applauded the Federal Government’s announcement of $1 million to support the continued development of Dementia Australia’s world-leading dementia care technologies, as part of a $5.3 million government package to improve and augment dementia care.

30 July 2018

Dementia Australia today joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Friendship Day, encouraging Australians to mark the day by becoming a Dementia Friend. 

A Dementia Friend is someone who wants to make a positive difference to the lives of people living with dementia through increased awareness and support. 

30 July 2018

Dementia Australia, with 22 other leading dementia organisations world-wide, has joined the #Every3Seconds program, an international awareness raising campaign led by the global peak body, Alzheimer’s Disease International.

The program, launched in Chicago at the weekend, drives home the alarming statistic that #Every3Seconds someone in the world is developing dementia.

 

27 July 2018

Dementia Australia commends the Victorian Government’s new carer strategy, which will provide greater support for Victorian carers.

Dementia Australia Executive Director Consumer Engagement Policy and Research, Dr Kaele Stokes said carers play an essential role in the community, particularly as they provide support and care for the more than 107,000 Victorians currently living with dementia.

26 July 2018

A new free experiential training package has been developed to increase understanding and empathy towards people living with dementia when they are admitted to hospital.

Developed by Dementia Australia and funded by the Department of Social Services Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Program, the Insights into the Hospital Dementia Experience tool kit aims to help hospital and Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) staff deliver the best quality care possible to people living with dementia.

25 July 2018

Dementia Australia is calling for volunteers to help collect donations across the country for National Collection Day, a flagship fundraising event for Dementia Awareness Month in September.
Collection Day will be taking place on Thursday 20 September 2018.

19 July 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the potential offered by My Health Record as well as acknowledging the importance of a three-month opt-out period to ensure Australians can make informed choices about their healthcare.


Dementia Australia Executive Director Consumer Engagement, Policy and Research, Kaele Stokes, said that with more than 425,000 Australians living with dementia it is essential that our healthcare system is flexible enough for people impacted by dementia to be supported in the way that they need and deserve.[1]

16 July 2018

Dementia Australia has released new dementia resources to better support people living with dementia who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI).

These resources have been designed to help increase awareness and improve support, care and knowledge of services available for people who are LGBTI, their families, carers and friends.

Dementia Advocates Edie Mayhew and Anne Tudor, who were part of the development of these resources, said they were thrilled to have been involved.

11 July 2018

Dementia Australia has released a series of new dementia help sheets that have been translated into Japanese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Khmer, Tagalog and Thai, to help increase awareness and improve support, care and knowledge of services, available for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, living with dementia.

11 July 2018

Dementia Australia has released a series of new Arabic dementia help sheets that have been translated from two of our most popular help sheets, "Tips for Visiting" and "Tips for Friends" from English.

11 July 2018

Dementia Australia has released a series of new dementia help sheets that have been translated into Hindi, Nepalese and Punjabi, to help increase awareness and improve support, care and knowledge of services, available for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, living with dementia.

11 July 2018

Dementia Australia has released a series of new multilingual dementia help sheets translated into 10 languages for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities throughout Australia.

10 July 2018

Dementia Australia today joins the rest of the country in supporting National Diabetes Week. This year’s theme “It’s About Time” aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes.

There are an estimated 1.7 million Australians who have diabetes[1] and Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said medical research showed possible links between type 2 diabetes and the development of dementia.

2 July 2018

Monday 2 July 2018

Dementia Australia has today welcomed the establishment of the Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), a registry and research program that will accelerate dementia research in Australia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Australian researchers, Dementia Australia and people impacted by dementia have long held a vision for an integrated registry of researchers, studies, information, data and clinicians to ensure there is more targeted, effective research.

27 June 2018

27 June 2018

Internationally-renowned music artists Jessica and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas will be named Dementia Australia’s newest Ambassadors at an event at Parliament House in Canberra today.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe has welcomed Jessica and Lisa as Dementia Australia Ambassadors.

21 June 2018

Dementia Australia has today welcomed the NSW Government’s $3.2 billion commitment to the NDIS transition, as well as $700 million towards a state-wide mental health infrastructure program.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the NDIS was an important initiative that was vital to supporting people with complex disabilities, like younger onset dementia, in the community.

15 June 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s establishment of Elder Abuse Action Australia to help protect the rights of older Australians.

Speaking on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that elder abuse in Australia is a serious issue that directly impacts the wellbeing of older Australians, especially those who are living with dementia.

15 June 2018

Dementia Australia welcomes the Tasmanian Government’s announcement in yesterday’s budget that it will spend additional funds on acute public services and mental health.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see the funding of $202.3 million for recurrent and capital initiatives to support acute hospital services.

“People with dementia are high users of hospital and acute services, with about one in four people living with dementia, being admitted to hospital every year,” she said.

13 June 2018

Dementia Australia welcomes the Queensland Government’s announcement in yesterday’s State Budget that it will provide additional spending to continue to deliver first-class health services, including investment in dementia research and additional funding to support victims of elder abuse.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia was specifically pleased to see the increased funding of $50 million over five years to continue to expand innovative programs under the Advance Queensland initiative.

8 June 2018

Dementia Australia is delighted the NSW Premier The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, has signed up to become a Dementia Friend at www.dementiafriendly.org.au.

The Premier announced that she had become a Dementia Friend at a Parliamentary Friends of Dementia event at NSW Parliament House, this week, attended by Members of Parliament from all parties, people living with dementia and carers.