What we do

Dementia Australia NSW supports leadership in dementia policy and services, encourages and participates in research initiatives and aims to extend the knowledge and skills of others working with people with dementia, their families and carers.

Policy and Advocacy

Dementia Australia NSW is a significant contributor to dementia policy through social research, advocacy, consumer consultation, committee representation and submissions to government at all levels. 

Consumer consultation is a key focus of the organisation and we are committed to ensuring our policies and programs reflect the priorities and needs of the people we represent. The Consumer Engagement Strategy has been developed to ensure ongoing consultation and as a result, eight regional consumer committees have been developed across NSW which provide comment on government policies affecting people with dementia and their carers. This, along with feedback from service users and industry representatives, provides input on issues that are developed into position and discussion papers offering recommendations for further action to government and other stakeholders.

The aims of the Strategy are to:

  • enable us to accurately represent those living with dementia to both State and Federal Governments and other organisations
  • inform organisational policy and advocacy direction 
  • position ourselves as a key provider of evidence based consumer information to government for dementia services policy and planning
  • increase our role in policy making and build more collaborative relationships with government and service providers.

We are an integral part of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Dementia which aims to raise awareness within the Parliament of dementia issues and encourage MP’s to raise awareness in their communities. This forum provides an opportunity for bi-partisan support to help focus on the issues faced by people living with dementia and their carers. It  provides the opportunity for MPs to learn more about dementia and how it affects people in their electorates now and into the future.

Services for people with dementia, their families and carers:

  • 24 hour telephone advice and support
  • Confidential information, support and counselling
  • Early intervention programs for people with dementia and their families
  • Education courses and workshops
  • Library and information service
  • Group based therapeutic and social activities
  • Carer support groups

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Services for people working in health and aged care:

  • Dementia specific workshops and courses
  • Education and support for leaders of support groups
  • Library and information service

Services for the general community:

  • Free public seminars and workshops about dementia
  • Information and awareness sessions