Applications have now closed for Decoding Dementia, the initiative to inspire technology ideas which break down the barriers for people living with dementia so they can remain socially-included, accepted, independent, able to access high-quality health care, and connected with the people and places they want.
Dementia Australia thanks everyone for their interest and we look forward to seeing what innovative ideas on how technology could enable people living with dementia to continue to live a high-quality life are out there.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia, the leading cause of death of women and an estimated 250 people are joining the population with dementia each day.
From here, we will be going through and selecting participants to progress through to a mentoring program, with support from individuals with lived experience, business, creative and technology skills. Shortlisted participants will then be asked to present at a pitch-a-thon on 11 October in Melbourne or 14 October in Sydney.
Dementia Australia, supported by the Australian Government Department of Health and in conjunction with Deloitte Australia, are offering a share of up to $200,000 in in-kind support for the development and commercialisation of ideas. Up to four ideas will be chosen for development by our expert panel.
The chosen solutions are expected to:
- help people living with dementia sustain their independence;
- improve the care and quality of life for people living with dementia in their own home or in residential care settings; and/or
- support families and carers to understand dementia, and to develop skills and strategies for caring.
- clearly link to one or more priority areas of the National Framework for Action on Dementia 2015-19;
- have the potential to scale and be readily transferable to broader settings; and
- be innovative in Australia or the way in which it will be applied within Australia.
The solutions chosen to progress to potential commercialisation will be announced by Dementia Australia after the pitch-a-thons have concluded.
Decoding Dementia 2019 is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.