Media Releases

Tuesday 23 October 2018

Illustrator George Haddon and the voiceover talents of ABC broadcaster Libbi Gorr have brought a children’s book to life, My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia, that speaks directly to young children about the realities of dementia in a language they can understand.

Maree McCabe CEO Dementia Australia said seeing a loved one with dementia change gradually over time can be difficult for everyone in the family to understand, including young children.

Tuesday 16 October 2018

Today Dementia Australia joins the nation in recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution Australia’s 2.7 million1unpaid carers make to Australia, during this year’s National Carers Week (14-20 October).

Wednesday 10 October 2018

Dementia Australia applauds the announcement by the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison and Ministers for Health and Aged Care that dementia and younger people in aged care have an elevated focus in the Terms of Reference released yesterday for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

Friday 5 October 2018

Rae and Barry (Baz) Telfer have been waiting more than 14 months for their Level Three Home Care Package. Baz is living with dementia and Rae, his wife and partner of 52 years is now also his full-time carer.

“It is heartening to hear announcements from the government at budget time and just this week about increases in the numbers of packages and increases in funding,” Mrs Telfer said.

“But we want to see these promises turned into actions and Baz needs it now.”

26 September 2018

The number of deaths in Australia from dementia has increased by 68 per cent over the past decade while other leading causes of death, ischaemic heart disease and cerebrovascular diseases such as stroke and other circulatory conditions, have decreased over the same period.

Deaths from dementia have increased from 33.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2008, to 41.6 in 2017, according to the Causes of Death 2017 Report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Monday 24 September 2018

The second ABC Four Corners program ‘Who Cares?’ continued to shine a spotlight on a system in need of wide ranging reform.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said dementia needs to be core business in the aged care industry.

“What we are seeing on Four Corners is devastating for the residents, the families and everyone impacted by these revelations,” Ms McCabe said. 

“In these instances the system has failed our most vulnerable.

21 September 2018

For World Alzheimer’s Day Dementia Australia is continuing to collaborate globally to raise awareness about the needs of people living with dementia and of its growing incidence through the #Every3Seconds international campaign.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said the decision by Dementia Australia to partner with 22 other leading dementia organisations in the #Every3Seconds program reflects the importance of dementia in our society.

Thursday 20 September 2018

Knowledge of dementia – which is the second leading cause of death in Australia – is on the rise, however people report they are challenged as to how to support or communicate with someone living with the disease, a new survey has found.

This comes as updated figures, also released today, reveal there are more than 436,000 Australians now living with dementia - estimated to be more than 250 new cases every day. This number is projected to increase to 590,000 in just 10 years and almost 1.1 million by 2058. 

19 September 2018

Dementia Australia is calling for Australians across the country to show their support to people living with dementia their families and carers, by giving generously to National Collection Day, a flagship fundraising event for Dementia Awareness Month this September.

Monday 17 September 2018

Experiences shared tonight on ABC Four Corners program, Who Cares? echo many of the stories Dementia Australia hears from people living with dementia, their families and carers, and shine a spotlight on a sector in urgent need of reform.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said unfortunately the themes of overuse of anti-psychotics, under staffing and the lack of training are not new.
“The sheer numbers of respondents and stories the contributors told cannot be ignored,” Ms McCabe said.

Sunday 16 September 2018

Dementia Australia calls for a solutions-based approach to the Royal Commission into aged care to identify a clear path forward to improving the health and care outcomes for the more than 425,000 people living with dementia in Australia.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said after a number of reviews, a Royal Commission will be an opportunity to elevate the focus on the aged care system, identify the challenges and provide direction on mapping out what needs to be done to meet the growing needs of our ageing population.

14 September 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed funding for more respite, transport and support announced by the Victorian Government that acknowledges the extraordinary dedication and contribution made by carers of older people, older carers and carers of people living with younger onset dementia in Victoria.

Professor Henry Brodaty AO and Associate Professor Michael Woodward AM have been named Dementia Australia’s inaugural Honorary Medical Advisors during a Dementia Awareness Month event in Sydney today.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe officially welcomed Professor Brodaty and Associate Professor Woodward to the positions saying both had long been involved in Dementia Australia, formerly Alzheimer’s Australia, and had made an enormous contribution both to the organisation and, more broadly, to dementia treatment, care and research both in Australia and internationally.

Dementia Australia has welcomed the announcement that leading dementia advocate, Kate Swaffer, CEO Dementia Alliance International, has been included in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence list for 2018.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said Kate’s inclusion in this group recognises her amazing work on behalf of the more than 425,000 Australians living with dementia.

Dementia Australia has welcomed funding outlined by the South Australian Government for providing improved health spending in regional areas and aged care services for South Australians.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia is pleased with the budget measure of an additional $3.4 million in 2018–19 to improve support for people in the final stages of their life.

The Queensland Police Service today announced it is joining forces with Dementia Australia to increase awareness and understanding of dementia among their more than 10,000 staff and across the community.

Dementia Australia Ambassadors Amy Jackson from Melbourne City FC, W-League and Nicola Stevens from the Carlton Football Club AFLW will join Dementia Advocates Dennis Edwards and John and Helen Hiller and Professor James Vickers, Director, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of Tasmania at the Dementia Awareness Month Small actions Big difference Roadshow event in Hobart on Tuesday 11 September.

Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year.

Dementia Australia Ambassadors Nicola Stevens and Doris Younane, will join Dementia Advocates Lorna Maher, Helen Gabel and Gunter Lackner, along with Mary Ingrames, Clinical Nurse Manager, Geriatric Evaluation Management, Palmerston Regional Hospital, at the Dementia Awareness Month Small actions Big difference Roadshow event in Darwin Thursday 6 September 2018.

Dementia Australia is calling on Australian organisations to take the lead and inspire their staff to sign up as Dementia Friends to learn how small actions can make a big difference to the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Awareness Month is Dementia Australia’s national awareness-raising campaign held every year throughout September. This year’s theme is Small actions Big difference.

The recent announcement by the Federal Government that the number of Australians receiving home care packages has increased, is welcomed by Dementia Australia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the announcement was good news, but there is still more to do to support people living with dementia in the community.

“In Australia, there are more than 425,000 people living with dementia and estimated that up to 70 per cent live in the community,” she said.