Media Releases

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.

Australians are encouraged to get involved in Dementia Awareness Month this September to help improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

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.

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. 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.