Virtual Dementia Experience™ recognised with prestigious Victorian Public Healthcare Award

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20 November 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s world-first Virtual Dementia Experience™ was recognised for exceptional leadership and excellence in providing public health services to and for the Victorian community this week.

At a gala ceremony on Wednesday, the Virtual Dementia Experience™ was awarded first place for “Excellence in person, family and community-centred care” at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards presented by Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Health Jill Hennessy.

2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Gold Award

Launched in October 2013, the Virtual Dementia Experience™ is an immersive, interactive virtual reality experience that invades the senses and takes people into the world of a person living with dementia, simulating thoughts, fears and challenges. It has been experienced by more than 2,000 people including professional and family carers, healthcare professionals, high profile business and community leaders and Victorian and Federal politicians.

 “It is an honour to receive such an acknowledgement from our peers within the public health sector” Maree McCabe CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic said.

 “We know from participant feedback and independent evaluation that the Virtual Dementia Experience is helping to transform dementia care and making a difference to the quality of life of all people living with dementia, their families and carers,” Ms McCabe said.

The simulation was created in collaboration with Melbourne game developers, Opaque Multimedia, whose team consulted with carers, people with dementia and our educators to develop the technology. It has previously been awarded the 2014 Victorian and National iAwards in Education, the 2014 APICTA Award in Education and most recently won the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2015 World Citizenship Award.

For course dates and more information on the Virtual Dementia Experience™ visit  



Notes to media

When writing or talking about dementia, please provide your audience with the number for our National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 - a telephone information and support service available across Australia.

What is appropriate language for talking about dementia and why do we need it?

The words used to talk about dementia can have a significant impact on how people with dementia are viewed and treated in our community. Please read our Dementia Language Guidelines that have been developed by people living with dementia and carers.

About Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

In Victoria almost 81,000 people are living with dementia. This figure is projected to increase to 246,000 by 2050.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the charity representing people, of all ages, with all forms of dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia information, education and support services.

Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit


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