Cartoons offer an important message for carers

Thursday, 4 June 2015 - 4:00pm

A new animated series created by the University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW uses cartoons to deliver a serious message about how to care for loved ones with dementia.

The cartoons for carers, called ‘CareToons’, are designed to help carers manage issues related to behavioural change which is estimated to effect between 60 and 90 per cent of people with dementia living at home. Watch the short clip below which introduces the project.

NHMRC survey reveals key dementia research priorities

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 2:19pm

A survey commissioned by the National Health and Medical Research Council has revealed that finding ways to prevent dementia, improving diagnosis and better care are considered top priorities for future dementia research.

Released today, the survey sought views from consumers (people with dementia, their family and personal carers), researchers (new and established), medical practitioners and aged care providers around Australia.

Free Course - Living with Dementia: Impact on Individuals, Caregivers, Communities and Societies

Wednesday, 3 December 2014 - 10:11am

A free, five week online course is being offered by John Hopkins University in the USA for health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of and affected individuals, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care.

You can register here (closes January 12, 2015) -

World Dementia Envoy To Visit

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 2:02pm

Earlier this year the British Prime Minister David Cameron, on behalf of the G7, appointed a World Dementia Envoy, Dr Dennis Gillings, to take lead on a global task force that focuses on facilitating research, developing dementia friendly communities and awareness initiatives, and improving health and social care systems.

The Australian Government will welcome the World Dementia Envoy to Australia as he visits from December 1-3 to discuss how we can best contribute to the international effort to find a cure or disease-modifying therapy for dementia by 2025.

People with dementia need to stay physically active

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 - 11:35am

A new discussion paper released by Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is urging both health and aged care providers and governments to support people with dementia to remain physically active.

$2.4 million provided to new and early career dementia researchers

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 1:28pm

Twenty five of Australia’s best and brightest dementia researchers have been awarded a share in $2.4 million by the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation (AADRF), thanks to the efforts of community donors and fundraisers who have helped fund this year’s AADRF dementia research grants program.

The Foundation’s Chair, Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO said:

$18 million of new funds to support innovative dementia research

Thursday, 30 October 2014 - 3:56pm

On Friday 17 October, the Australian Government’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) announced $540 million new funding for health and medical research. Of this, $18 million was awarded to 29 dementia research projects and researchers.

According to the NHMRC, the grants cover a range of innovative research projects, from genetic studies of twins, to studying the effects of an intergenerational activity program.

Dementia Australia National General Manager Research - Career Opportunity

Monday, 27 October 2014 - 9:59am

Dementia Australia National Office, based in Scullin, ACT works closely with our member organisations to improve the quality of life for consumers, namely people with dementia, their families and carers. Our role is to provide leadership in dementia policy, research, risk reduction and support services.

Dementia Australia is seeking an outstanding senior manager with significant experience in the health and medical research sector to: