Media Releases

Monday 29 January 2018

Dementia Australia congratulates Mr Paul John Robertson AO for his inclusion in the 2018 Australia Day Honours as an Officer of Australia in the General Division.

Mr Robertson has been honoured for his distinguished service to the community through ethical leadership and management of, and philanthropic contributions to, health, social enterprise, research, education and arts organisations.

Australia Day 26 January 2018

Dementia Australia congratulates Emeritus Professor David Ames AO for his inclusion in the Australia Day Honours today as an Officer of Australia in the General Division.

The use of song-writing to improve the relationships between people living with dementia and their families is just one of 17 new projects that will share in more than $1 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.
Dr Imogen Clark from the University of Melbourne was awarded a $50,000 Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care and will use the funding to explore the potential of group song-writing as a means for improving social connection, mental health, wellbeing and quality of life for people with dementia and their family carers.

The cost estimates to care for a person living with dementia in residential aged care, released by Flinders University today, reaffirms Dementia Australia’s call for the urgent need for ongoing, systemic, aged care reform.

The annual cost of $88,000 to care for a person living with dementia in residential aged care can be reduced by improving the training of our workforce and applying dementia-friendly principles in the community, throughout the aged care sector and in hospitals.

Comedian Luke McGregor will be a guest performer at this year’s Dementia Australia’s annual fundraising gala dinner A Night to Remember.

The development of the Tweed area as a dementia-friendly community is evident with a steady increase in the number of local businesses and organisations being added to the National Dementia Friendly Community Hub. The latest to join is the Tweed Community Support (Meals on Wheels) which was recognised last year.

Dementia Australia is dismayed that Pfizer, the world’s third largest drug maker, has announced this week that it will end its research to discover new medications for Alzheimer’s disease.
Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe, said that research into dementia and Alzheimer’s disease was a key element in addressing the impact that dementia has on our communities.

Dementia Australia is pleased to announce they will be running a series of free educational courses for family, carers, friends and volunteers, of people who are living with dementia in the Albury region.

Dementia Australia is calling on individuals and corporations to register their team, and raise money for Dementia Australia, as their charity partner, for the Sydney Morning Herald Sun Run and Cole Classic Swim in Sydney this summer.
The event, to be held on Sydney’s Northern Beaches on Saturday 3 February and Sunday 4 February 2018, aims to raise much needed funds for over 900 charities, including Dementia Australia.