Media Releases

Thursday 7 November 2019

Registrations are now open for the ‘Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020 – Dementia care is quality care’, to be held in Sydney on 24 March 2020.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the National Symposium is the next stage of the Dementia Australia Quality Care Initiative focused on raising the quality of dementia care. 

Thursday 31 October 2019

The Interim Report, ‘Neglect’, tabled today in federal parliament by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has affirmed the key challenges people living with dementia, their families and carers have consistently flagged through their own experiences.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said for many years people impacted by dementia have contributed to reviews, reports, advisory panels and committees, and they have also made significant contributions to the work of the Commission to date.

Thursday 31 October 2019 

Dementia Australia is calling on the Government of Victoria (in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government) to systematise and customise palliative and end of life care for people with dementia in a discussion paper released 30 October, at an event hosted by Parliamentary Friends of Dementia.

Maree McCabe CEO Dementia Australia said in the end of life stage, people with dementia face frequent hospitalisations and may be given unnecessary procedures and treatment. 

Wednesday 23 October 2019 

The Victorian Government’s commitment to funding the implementation of dementia-friendly principles and design in major aged care refurbishment projects has been commended by national peak body, Dementia Australia.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was wonderful to see funding for the development of dementia-friendly gardens, outdoor living areas and facilities upgrades in a number of Melbourne Health aged care homes.

Wednesday 23 October 2019

Dementia Australia has welcomed the news that the pharmaceutical companies behind the development of aducanumab, an investigational treatment for the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, would pursue regulatory approval for the drug. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the news for a future study of aducanumab following the discontinuation of global clinical trials earlier this year, was an exciting development, especially for the approximately 100 Australian trial participants who would be given the opportunity to restart taking the

Monday 21 October 2019

Dementia Australia acknowledges the recent announcement made by G20 health ministers at the meeting in Okayama Japan, which singled out dementia as a common challenge for all G20 countries, and called for a recognition of dementia’s impact on the health, quality of life and economy of their nations.  

Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said she was pleased to see dementia recognised in the Okayama Declaration of the G20 Health Ministers. 

Friday 18 October 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the announced $17.8 million funding boost for palliative care in Western Australia. 

Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia, said the funding will help provide improved support and services for all Western Australians in need of palliative care, including Western Australians living with dementia. 

Thursday 17 October 2019

Dementia Australia is again joining broader calls for the government to implement national mandatory dementia education for the aged care workforce. 

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said that ensuring the aged care workforce is trained with skills that respond to the needs of people living with dementia, their families and carers is of vital importance to the quality of care provided to the growing number of Australians living with dementia.

Monday 14 October 2019

Today as part of National Carers Week 2019 (13-19 October), Dementia Australia recognises the outstanding role that carers play in communities across the nation.

The theme of this years’ National Carers Week is ‘Why we care’ and aims to raise awareness of the diversity of carers and their caring roles by sharing their stories.

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Australians are more likely to die of dementia than almost any other disease – with the exception of heart disease. The release of new data confirms dementia remains the leading cause of death of women and the second leading cause of death of all Australians. 

According to the Causes of Death 2018 data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today, cause of death by heart disease has decreased by 22.4 per cent since 2009 while dementia rates have increased by 68.6 per cent in the same period. 

A new global survey of almost 70,000 respondents across 155 countries – including Australia – has revealed a startling lack of knowledge around dementia, with two thirds of people thinking the disease is a normal part of ageing.

The survey, commissioned by Alzheimer’s Disease International, of which Dementia Australia is a member, also found that a staggering 95 per cent of respondents think they will develop dementia in their lifetime.

The federal government has today announced Dementia Australia has been awarded more than $30 million in grants over a three-year period under the National Dementia Support Program to continue delivering services for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Dementia Australia welcomed the announcement of their successful tender application and CEO Maree McCabe said the funding would enable the peak body to continue to provide crucial support to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Australians are being called upon to consider how discrimination impacts the estimated 447,000 people living with dementia, along with their families and carers, during Dementia Action Week 2019, which runs from 16-22 September.

As part of the annual awareness campaign, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe is asking Australians to complete a short survey at to give us a national, informed picture of what discrimination looks like now and what it would take to shift that discrimination.

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Long-standing Channel 7 reporter and presenter, Mark Gibson has committed to raising awareness about dementia through his newest role as Dementia Australia Ambassador.

Mr Gibson has been inspired by his family’s experience of caring for his grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease.

9 September 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s focus on younger people in residential care at the hearings in Melbourne this week.

More than 27,000 people are living with younger onset dementia , defined as any form of dementia diagnosed under the age of 65. This includes people in their 50s, 40s and even their 30s. 

Thursday 22 August 2019

To coincide with the release of two research papers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), Dementia Australia has produced two companion reports which analyse the key issues arising from the AIHW research and make a number of policy recommendations. 

The reports draw on AIHW data that demonstrates almost 95,000 people living with dementia were hospitalised during 2016-17, and that there continues to be evidence of inappropriate prescription of medications for people living with dementia.

Thursday 22 August 2019

Dementia Australia has welcomed an announcement by the federal government to better support Australia’s 2.7 million carers.

Ten not-for-profit organisations will receive $493 million over five years to establish a new network of 16 Carer Gateway service providers.

Thursday 22 August 2019

To mark Dementia Action Week 2019, which runs from 16-22 September, Dementia Australia will be calling on all Australians to change how we respond and behave around people living with dementia.

This year’s theme, Dementia doesn’t discriminate. Do you?, aims to start a conversation with all Australians to consider how discrimination impacts people living with dementia, their families and carers.

The overuse of physical and chemical restraint and the lack of dementia specific training within the aged care workforce continue to be significant issues within the residential aged care sector, according to Dementia Australia.

Speaking at the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Dementia Australia called for greater scrutiny of the overuse of antipsychotics as a form of chemical restraint and the confusion surrounding the roles and responsibilities of providers, prescribers, consumers, families, carers and highlighted the ongoing confusion around restraint. Workforce training and education in understanding dementia and avoiding restrictive practices is vital given more than half of people living in residential aged care are diagnosed with dementia.

Dementia Australia’s engaging A Better Visit app is now available for Android tablet devices, allowing more people to experience the free app that enables families and loved ones to better connect and communicate when visiting a family member with dementia. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said she is delighted more people will now have access to the app which features a range of two player games designed to facilitate positive social interactions between people with dementia and their visitors.