Media Releases

Thursday 19 June 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the New South Wales Government’s budget announcement to allocate additional funds to providing more nurses, doctors and other frontline health workers, and delivering new and upgraded hospitals.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see funding of more than $10 billion over the next four years on health infrastructure, as well as providing support for multicultural aged care homes across the state.

Friday 14 June 2019

Dementia Australia is calling for people living with dementia to be a focus of this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe says that elder abuse is a serious issue that impacts the wellbeing of a large number of older Australians, especially those who are living with dementia. 

Friday 14 June 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the Australian Capital Territory Government’s budget announcement to spend additional funds on palliative care services and improved infrastructure for acute aged care. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see the investment of $2 million in palliative care services, as part of a $6 million investment over four years.

Monday 10 June 2019

Dementia Australia congratulates long-time Ambassador, supporter and advocate Ita Buttrose, who today has been awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours for eminent service to the community through leadership in the media, the arts and the health sector, and as a role model.

Friday 31 May 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the Victorian Government’s budget announcement to spend additional funds on improving multicultural aged care facilities and palliative services.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see the funding of $27.1 million to upgrade facilities at seven multicultural aged care services and to purchase land for three multicultural aged care providers for culturally and linguistically diverse Victorians get the care they need and deserve.

Monday 27 May 2019

Dementia Australia acknowledges the Tasmanian State Government for its commitment of $850,000 to develop and implement a new strategy for the prevention of elder abuse. 

Dementia Australia CEO, Ms Maree McCabe commends Tasmania’s state government for funding the new strategy as part of its 2019-20 budget. 

Monday 27 May 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the reappointment of The Hon Greg Hunt MP as Minister for Health and congratulates the new Ministers that will impact on dementia, including the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck.

Monday 20 May 2019

Dementia Australia celebrates and thanks the many volunteers that contribute to making a ‘world of difference’ for the 447,000 people living with dementia this National Volunteers Week.

Two volunteers and friends that make a world of difference to Dementia Australia are Jill Edmondson and Dianne Hall.

Thursday 16 May 2019

Discrimination experienced by people living with dementia, their families and carers will be the focus of this year’s national Dementia Action Week*, 16-22 September.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe said the annual national awareness campaign will be centred around a national survey to inform and increase our understanding of the experiences and perspectives around discrimination, and what can be done to bring about positive change.   

Sunday 12 May 2019

Dementia Australia has welcomed Labor’s election commitment to improving the care of Australians living with dementia to be a national priority.

Dementia Australia Chair, Professor Graeme Samuel AC said the 447,000 Australians currently living with dementia and the 1.5 million people involved in their care will be heartened by the declared commitment to dementia by Mr Shorten today.

Friday 10 May 2019

The focus on dementia and aged care in Sydney this week at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has reinforced Dementia Australia’s call for mandatory dementia-specific training for the aged care workforce, and for increases in staffing numbers with the appropriate skills mix.

Dementia Australia Chair, Professor Graeme Samuel AC said listening to the experiences shared by the witnesses has been harrowing.

Friday 3 May 2019

Dementia Australia applauds both the governments’ and the opposition’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of all Australians as outlined in recent policy announcements.

Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said the health focus so far in the federal election campaign is to be commended yet there is a glaring gap in the rhetoric and the needs of close to half a million people living with dementia have been largely ignored.

Wednesday 1 May 2019

In the lead up to the federal election, people living with dementia and carers are asking all Australians to call on their local Members of Parliament and candidates to make dementia a priority in their visions for Australia.

Dementia Australia Chair Prof Graeme Samuel AC said the prevalence of dementia is growing exponentially and Australia needs decisive action and national investment to ensure the outcomes for people living with dementia are adequately considered.

Wednesday 1 May 2019

Dementia Australia is calling on all political parties and candidates to make dementia a priority in their vision for Australia ahead of the upcoming federal election on 18 May.

Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graeme Samuel AC said the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety is underway and presents a significant opportunity to transform the industry to make a profound and lasting difference to the lives of all people impacted by dementia.

 Friday 5 April 2019 

The commitment by Hon Bill Shorten MP, Leader of the Opposition to make Australia the best in the world at looking after people living with dementia, in last night’s 2019 Federal Budget Reply speech, will be welcomed by all Australians impacted by dementia. 

Prof Graeme Samuel AC, Chair Dementia Australia said dementia is the chronic health condition of the 21st century. 

Tuesday 2 April 2019

Maree McCabe, Dementia Australia CEO said the initiatives in the 2019 Federal Budget are a good start but they do not speak to the heart of the problem for people living with dementia, their families and carers – the need for recognition of dementia within the health, ageing and disability industry.

Friday 29 March 2019

On Neighbour Day, Sunday 31 March, Dementia Australia is calling for people to become a Dementia Friend and help combat social isolation and loneliness for people living with dementia, their families, and carers.

The theme for Neighbour Day 2019 is ‘Loneliness: What neighbours can do to create connections’.

Tuesday 26 March 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s release of a strengthened Charter of Rights that is applicable to residential aged care services and home care providers. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the Charter would further empower the new Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and promote being treated with dignity. 

Friday 22 March 2019

The spotlight on home care at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality this week is long overdue and will instil confidence in all people impacted by dementia that their voices are being heard.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the lack of visibility and accountability around the home care system has been a concern reported by advocates and our clients for many years.

Thursday 21 March 2019

American Montessori expert, Dr Cameron Camp, Director of Research and Development at the Centre for Applied Research in Dementia, will be in Australia this week for a series of sold-out master classes on holistic engagement of people living with dementia.

An internationally-known, research scientist in the field of ageing, Dr Camp said we look at dementia as a form of disability rather than as a disease.