Media Releases

Monday 2 July 2018

Dementia Australia has today welcomed the establishment of the Australian Dementia Network (ADNet), a registry and research program that will accelerate dementia research in Australia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Australian researchers, Dementia Australia and people impacted by dementia have long held a vision for an integrated registry of researchers, studies, information, data and clinicians to ensure there is more targeted, effective research.

27 June 2018

Internationally-renowned music artists Jessica and Lisa Origliasso of The Veronicas will be named Dementia Australia’s newest Ambassadors at an event at Parliament House in Canberra today.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe has welcomed Jessica and Lisa as Dementia Australia Ambassadors.

Dementia Australia has today welcomed the NSW Government’s $3.2 billion commitment to the NDIS transition, as well as $700 million towards a state-wide mental health infrastructure program.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the NDIS was an important initiative that was vital to supporting people with complex disabilities, like younger onset dementia, in the community.

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s establishment of Elder Abuse Action Australia to help protect the rights of older Australians.

Speaking on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that elder abuse in Australia is a serious issue that directly impacts the wellbeing of older Australians, especially those who are living with dementia.

Dementia Australia welcomes the Tasmanian Government’s announcement in yesterday’s budget that it will spend additional funds on acute public services and mental health.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see the funding of $202.3 million for recurrent and capital initiatives to support acute hospital services.

“People with dementia are high users of hospital and acute services, with about one in four people living with dementia, being admitted to hospital every year,” she said.

Dementia Australia welcomes the Queensland Government’s announcement in yesterday’s State Budget that it will provide additional spending to continue to deliver first-class health services, including investment in dementia research and additional funding to support victims of elder abuse.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia was specifically pleased to see the increased funding of $50 million over five years to continue to expand innovative programs under the Advance Queensland initiative.

Dementia Australia is delighted the NSW Premier The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, has signed up to become a Dementia Friend at www.dementiafriendly.org.au.

The Premier announced that she had become a Dementia Friend at a Parliamentary Friends of Dementia event at NSW Parliament House, this week, attended by Members of Parliament from all parties, people living with dementia and carers.

Dementia Australia welcomes Federal Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt becoming a Dementia Friend

Dementia Australia is delighted the Federal Minister for Aged Care, The Hon. Ken Wyatt MP, has signed up to become a Dementia Friend at www.dementiafriendly.org.au.

Dementia Australia has welcomed the ACT Government’s announcement yesterday on additional spending on the NDIS to support people whose needs are not currently met by the system, as well as the support for older Canberrans with mental health issues in residential care aimed at avoiding unnecessary hospitalisations.

Dementia Australia and Palliative Care Australia today released a joint policy statement emphasising the importance of encouraging end-of-life care discussions as part of the support a person receives when diagnosed with dementia.


Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said while many people, with good support, live well with dementia, Dementia Australia are encouraging people to engage in advance care planning conversations with their families and the health professionals involved in their care.

Dementia Australia has welcomed a report released yesterday by Alzheimer’s Disease International saying world governments are too slow in tackling the dementia epidemic. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia supports the Federal Government’s health spending and $5 billion commitment to the aged care sector in its 2018-2019 Budget, however there remains a need for dementia-specific funding. 

Dementia Australia in support of National Palliative Care Week is today reminding Australians of the importance of discussing your future health care decisions with family and friends to ensure your palliative care and end-of-life wishes are honoured.

In line with this year’s theme “What matters most?” Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe is encouraging Australians to reflect on what is most important for you, if you became seriously ill, and could no longer speak for yourself.

To coincide with National Volunteer Week May 21 – 27 Dementia Australia today joined the country in celebrating more than 6 million Australians who volunteer their time, energy and commitment to support various causes, organisations and charities.

Dementia Australia acknowledges the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP, for his continued commitment to keeping dementia on the agenda as a national health priority.

Last night in his Budget Reply speech Mr Shorten stated “tackling dementia and delivering better aged care will be a national priority, backed by real resources”.

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s investment of $37 billion for health services in the state.

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s $5 billion dollar commitment to the aged care sector in its budget, which will ensure better access, better quality and overall better ageing for all Australians.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the budget included many measures that would significantly improve the aged care experience of millions of Australians.

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s investment of $1.56 billion for health services in the Territory.


Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said an investment in the primary healthcare system goes some way towards benefiting people living with dementia by helping to provide a more timely diagnosis and early intervention.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that with more than 107,000 people in Victoria living with dementia, it was important to have a strong acute care system that has the capacity to ensure people impacted by dementia were supported appropriately.1

“As the risk of dementia increases with advancing age, people with dementia, including those living at home and living in residential care, are frequent users of hospitals and other health care services.

Noeline Brown, Logie award-winning actor, comedian and Australia’s first appointed Ambassador for Ageing, will today launch the Southern Highlands 2018 Tulip Festival, by planting the first bulb for this acclaimed event in New South Wales. 

The planting of the first bulb is an important milestone as it signals the countdown to the festival and the beginning of months of preparation work, from the dedicated team of gardeners and horticulturalists that help make the festival a perennial crowd favourite.

Dementia Australia and Carers NT Alice Springs office will provide a more convenient and accessible option for clients when they officially open a new collocated premises tomorrow, Tuesday 1 May 2018.

The shared premises will cater for people impacted by dementia and their carers, and carers who provide care and support to a family member or friend who has disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or is frail aged.