Dementia Australia ACT represents the interests of people living with dementia and those who care for them. Dementia Australia ACT is making a difference for those impacted by dementia by using our knowledge and expertise to provide leadership in quality services, and to be a strong and credible voice for the creation of a dementia friendly ACT. Our range of services include information, advice, counselling, support groups and education.
We are committed to the prevention of dementia while valuing and supporting people living with dementia. Dementia Australia ACT is the peak dementia body within the ACT.
National Dementia Helpline
The National Dementia Helpline is a telephone information, support and referral service staffed by trained and experienced advisors.
The National Dementia Helpline can be contacted by phoning 1800 100 500 during business hours.
We are here for people affected by all forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, Lewy body disease, frontotemporal dementia, younger onset dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
Key worker programs dementia advisors
Our key worker programs dementia advisors are a primary point of contact for people who are living with dementia, their carers and families.
Our staff work with clients to develop comprehensive strategies that optimise their engagement with support and care options.
Carer support groups
Carer support groups provide support and offer practical help and information for carers in a variety of settings.
Carers are encouraged to socialise, share thoughts and ideas and form friendships while enjoying the company of those who understand.
Monthly support groups are held in a range of locations across Canberra.
Dementia Australia provides education programs and sessions for people living with dementia, their family carers and family members, the general public and health professionals. As the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers, we offer learning opportunities covering a broad range of topics around all forms of dementia. Delivered by highly experienced facilitators, our programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals, support groups, communities and care providers with various levels of dementia knowledge. Please select the type of education you require.
Living with dementia program
This program provides an overview of dementia and how to proceed after a diagnosis including coping with change, relationships and communication, planning for the future and staying healthy. Suitable both for people living with dementia and their carers and families, these sessions are delivered interactively and you will be encouraged to share your experiences with other participants.
Dementia network hosts national and international experts speaking on the latest research, care and optimal environments for people living with dementia.
These sessions provide a valuable opportunity for carers, health, aged and community care staff to network and gain information and knowledge about dementia.
Community information and events
Community information and events provide up-to-date courses and information sessions to raise awareness of dementia in the community.
We partner with a range of providers including multi-cultural and multi-interest groups to extend our reach into community.
The Connections newsletter is our quarterly newsletter and provides information about support services and events, lived experience stories, interesting topics and the latest research findings in dementia.
Social support is provided through a range of activities and programs that encourage social engagement and participation in the community.
These programs are available for people living with dementia, their carers and their families.
Clinical and consultancy services
Clinical and consultancy services support provides expert advice and practical support for clinical and care coordination including:
- ‘Best Fit’ care and accommodation solutions
- aged care extras, and
- person centred care assessments.
Psychological and counselling services
Psychological and counselling services provide an opportunity for family carers and the person with early stage dementia to explore their concerns with an experienced counsellor.
Dementia and the Arts program
This is the first of its kind within the ACT. The program’s aim is to support people living with dementia and their carers through all stages of the disease, regardless of a person’s physical or cognitive capacity.
The program aims to inspire the lives of people with dementia and their carers and increase their opportunities for enhanced well-being, quality of life and social interaction.
Our national library service provides access to a comprehensive collection of print and digital resources about dementia. The service supports people living with dementia, family carers and friends as well as people working in dementia care practice and allied health areas.