Media Releases

Dementia Australia welcomes new funding targeted at improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities living with dementia released by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the $14 million allocated by the government, as part of the $200 million Boosting Dementia Research initiative, would help to tackle the rising challenge of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

A new book launched today, Cooking For Charity, celebrates the life and work of Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Tan and takes readers on a journey from Jeffrey’s childhood in Malaysia to the founding of his multimillion-dollar charity initiative.

Dementia Australia Board Member Neil Samuel officially launched the book today at the Perc Walkley Dementia Learning Centre with Chef Jeffrey and book co-author, John Kumnick.

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to create an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission that will provide a single point of contact for dealing with claims of sub-standard care.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the plan to merge the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the aged care regulatory functions of the Department of Health into a single commission would benefit people living with dementia, their families and carers.

This Advance Care Planning Week 16 – 22 April Dementia Australia is reminding Australians about the importance of discussing their future health care decisions with family and or friends to ensure their palliative care and end of life wishes are honoured.


Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said advance care planning is essential planning for everyone and especially important for people living with dementia.

Experts wanting to move into dementia research in Australia have an opportunity to access a $1 million research grant that could transform the landscape, Dementia Australia Research Foundation and The Yulgilbar Foundation announced today.

The $1 million Innovation Grant is jointly funded by the two foundations and will be administered through Dementia Australia’s research arm. Key components of the grant include highly innovative approaches, the involvement of early career researchers and ongoing engagement with those directly affected by dementia, including people living with dementia and their families and carers.

When Collingwood Football Club’s star half forward Ben Crocker’s father Paul was diagnosed with younger onset dementia in late 2014 aged just 59, it had a life changing impact on the whole family.

And now his personal connection has led Ben to sign up as Dementia Australia’s latest Ambassador, fuelled by a desire to assist in raising awareness about the condition in the community.

In his new role Ben will quite literally hit the ground running, with his first official outing as Dementia Australia Ambassador at the Melbourne Memory Walk & Jog at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe on Sunday 22 April.

Dementia Australia has released two online resources developed with assistance from the New South Wales Government’s Family and Community Services to improve support, care and knowledge of services available for people living with younger onset dementia.

The resources will improve awareness around complex issues that follow a diagnosis for a young person, the impact it may have on their family and how to best support carers, while also encouraging health professionals to gain a better understanding of the specific needs for people living with younger onset dementia.

Dementia Australia would like to thank Adelaide Crows midfielder Bryce Gibbs who ‘lost his locks’ and raised almost $30,000 for the Crow’s Children Foundation and Dementia Australia.

Bryce was inspired to take-up the challenge after both he and his fiancé Lauren each lost family members to the condition, which is now the second leading cause of death in Australia. 

Cycling enthusiasts Nick Young and Pierre Sullivan, together with 80 cyclists, are preparing to undertake Dementia Australia’s biggest national community fundraising event – the Bondi2Berry Ride to Remember.

Established in 2016, the Bondi2Berry Ride to Remember has raised more than $131,000 for Dementia Australia. This year the ride will take place during Dementia Awareness Month in September. Riders will take off from Bondi on Saturday 8 September with a target to raise more than $100,000. 

There are many messages about the benefits of looking after our bodies, but what about our brains?

Dementia Australia is this week reminding all Australians ‘Your Brain Matters’ as part of Brain Awareness Week March 12 to 18 – a global campaign to increase public awareness around the benefits of maintaining a healthy brain, and potentially reducing the risk of developing conditions such as dementia.

Dementia Australia has today called on all political parties and independent candidates in South Australia to make policy and funding commitments to tackle dementia ahead of the forthcoming State election.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said with almost 35,700 South Australia living with dementia it is essential that dementia is declared a state health priority to ensure people living with dementia, their families and carers are supported to live the best quality of life possible with meaning, purpose and value.

The possible link between traumatic brain injury, concussion, and dementia will be a focus at this year’s Dementia Australia’s Keep Your Life In Mind: Dementia Research to Practice Forum, to be held on Monday 19 March 2018 at the Hellenic Club in Canberra.

To commemorate World Hearing Day on Saturday 3 March and ensure a better future for all Australians at risk of developing dementia or hearing loss, Dementia Australia has released information to help understand the link between the two conditions.  

There are more than 425,000 people living with dementia in Australia[1], figures show, with an estimated 250 people developing dementia each day, prompting calls for the individuals, families and carers impacted to turn to Dementia Australia and access support that can empower them to live well.

Monday 26 February 2018

Dementia Australia has today called on all political parties and independent candidates in Tasmania to make policy and funding commitments to tackle dementia ahead of the forthcoming State election.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said with almost 11,000 Tasmanians living with dementia it is essential that dementia is declared a state health priority to ensure people living with dementia, their families and carers are supported to live the best quality of life possible with meaning, purpose and value.

Dementia Australia wishes to acknowledge the generous contribution made by volunteers to the development of a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease following an announcement recently by The Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that volunteers are the unsung heroes contributing to the success of studies, such as these, that aim to provide improved health and lifestyle outcomes for people impacted by dementia.

A new short film has been released for the Hindi-speaking community designed to encourage acceptance of dementia as a medical condition -and not a normal part of ageing.

This is the latest in an award-winning series of films aimed at a number of non-English speaking communities in Australia to help de-stigmatise and promote awareness of the condition. The film was developed to encourage the acceptance of dementia as a medical condition, dispel myths, and educate the community about the disease.

The strengthening of compliance and complaint processes, as well as more information about the quality and performance of residential aged care services are among changes that would see further improvements to the aged care system, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said today.

Dementia Australia has welcomed the release of new guidelines to reduce unnecessary prescription of medications in older Australians living with dementia.


Dementia Australia CEO Ms Maree McCabe said Dementia Australia supports the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approved guidelines that assist healthcare professionals determine when it might be suitable to trial the withdrawal of medications when treating people living with dementia.

A new report released by Carers Australia today highlights the urgent need for dementia specific respite care across Australia, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said today.

The findings, based on a survey conducted by Carers Australia, make it clear that demand for residential respite care is not being met. Respondents identified a range of issues for carers, including not enough residential respite care beds, particularly for high and dementia-specific care needs.