Media Releases

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 dementia.org.au/survey 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. 
 

Friday 16 August 2019

Dementia Australia is delighted to announce Anthony Carbines MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and The Hon Nick Wakeling MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing as the new Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Co-convenors for Victoria. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Co-convenor role is important for bridging the gap between government and everyday Australians living with dementia. 

Monday 12 August  2019

The importance of informal care and the difficulties that carers experience was under the spotlight this week during the Mildura hearings of The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe believes that it is important the role of informal carers is recognised by the Royal Commission.

Friday 9 August 2019

The PainChek® app, initially funded by the Dementia Australia Research Foundation in 2012 has recently received a $5 million investment by the Morrison government.

The investment by government makes provision for a universal PainChek® access license for the more than 1,000 Residential Aged Care Providers in Australia and their 100,000 residents living with dementia for a one year period.

On Aged Care Employee Day, Dementia Australia acknowledges the hundreds of thousands of people working in the industry across Australia. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the day, which serves to thank, honour and celebrate aged care employees, is an important opportunity to recognise the important role they play in the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers. 

Friday 26 July 2019

On Saturday 7 September 130 riders will take off from Bondi Beach to Berry on the annual bike ride to raise funds to support the work of Dementia Australia. 

Organisers Nick Young and Pierre Sullivan have first-hand experience of the disease. Both of Mr Young’s grandmothers passed away after living with dementia and his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Mr Sullivan’s mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.

Thursday 25 July 2019

Dementia Australia today delivered a Communique, Our Solution: Quality care for people living with dementia, to the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, outlining what quality aged care means to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Written from the perspective of people with lived experience, the Communique marks the first turning point in Dementia Australia’s Quality Dementia Care initiative, which seeks to develop baseline and ‘gold’ standards of care and link them with the new Aged Care Quality Standards which came into effect 1 July 2019.

Tuesday 23 July 2019

American dementia expert, Teepa Snow, will be in Australia this August for a series of seminars.

Designed for aged care professionals, the seminars will explore a positive approach to dementia care and the effective engagement and support of people living with dementia. They will focus on the cognitive, behavioural and physical aspects of dementia care and the related practices that can be easily adopted to stimulate positive improvements within each aspect. 

Thursday 18 July 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the federal government’s announcement to provide $21 million to 13 research projects that focus on risk reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was inspiring to see the total investment under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Boosting Dementia Research Grant scheme reach its $200 million allocation. 

Friday 12 July 2019

Innovative Dementia Australia technology solutions helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia will be showcased at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles next week. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) is the world’s largest forum for the dementia research community and will provide Dementia Australia with the opportunity to demonstrate two of its technology-driven initiatives. 

11 July 2019

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) has officially been recognised as a ‘Working Towards Dementia-Friendly Organisation’ by Dementia Australia.

EMHS is the first metropolitan health service in Australia to be given this recognition.