Dementia Australia (formerly Alzheimer's Australia) is the peak body representing more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia and their families and carers. Our vision is for a society committed to the prevention of dementia, while valuing and supporting people living with the condition.
note: Alzheimer's Australia became Dementia Australia on 18 October 2017. In this report, the majority of references to Alzheimer's Australia remain unchanged because that name is factually correct for the time period covered.
I would like to thank everybody who has been involved with Alzheimer’s Australia over the past twelve months for their dedication and commitment to our organisation as we strive to lead the way towards a world that is inclusive of people living with dementia.
This year has seen Alzheimer’s Australia successfully rise to the challenge of finding new and innovative ways of undertaking our business to better support people impacted by dementia.
- Ongoing Government discussions to advocate for people with younger onset dementia
- Ensuring consumer involvement in setting research priorities
- A National Consumer Summit at Parliament House
- A national campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 Federal election to advocate for people living with dementia and their families and carers
- The development of over 17 policy proposals to Government
- Strengthening and promoting the voices of people living with dementia and their families and carers through our National Dementia Consumer Network
Maree McCabe, Interim CEO Alzheimer’s Australia
We acknowledge that all our work and achievements this year have been made possible thanks to the invaluable strength and contribution of our consumers. Thank you to all those people who have been the voice of people living with dementia and their families and carers
- Consumer Advisory Committee
- Consumer Dementia Research Network
- National Cross Cultural Dementia Network
- National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group
- National Dementia Consumer Network
I have an important contribution to make to the discussion around the funding for dementia and the way in which we are supported by the government and the community. It’s about improving the future situation for people who have been diagnosed with dementia.
Alzheimer’s Australia is committed to working with people living with dementia and their families and carers to develop dementia-friendly communities, where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.
In the lead up to the 2016 Federal election, Alzheimer’s Australia called on all political parties to commit to taking action against dementia, resulting in funding pledges from the Coalition, Australian Labor Party and the Greens.
Alzheimer’s Australia welcomed Gill Ayling, Head of Global Action Against Dementia (GAAD) from the UK Department of Health to conduct a national speaking tour, visiting every state and territory in the country. Gill’s presentation focused on international initiatives to combat dementia and create dementia-friendly communities.
Creating a dementia-friendly nation starts with you. We all have a role to play in helping people with dementia sustain their independence, dignity and sense of purpose in our communities. By making small changes, we can make a big difference.
Alzheimer’s Australia aims to raise awareness in the community by being involved in the dementia conversation in the media. This year we have continued to be considered a knowledge leader and a credible source of information on all areas relating to dementia. This year Alzheimer’s Australia generated 929 media items which reached a cumulative audience of over 34 million people, amounting to a total advertising space rate of over $8 million dollars.
This year an array of new print, video and online resources were developed focusing on issues identified as priorities by our consumers, including
- Dementia and your legal rights
- Preventing financial abuse of people living with dementia
- A guide for carers of people living with dementia
- A dementia friendly white paper to increase awareness about the simple steps communities can take towards becoming more dementia friendly
- A community café toolkit to encourage people with dementia to remain socially engaged in their communities
- An updated version of the free app BrainyApp that can help improve brain health
The Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program (YODKWP) continued in the 2015 and 2016 financial year. This flagship program provides individualised support to people living with younger onset dementia, their families and carers.
This was the 10th year Alzheimer’s Australia has continued to provide vital support and services to assist people living with dementia and their families and carers while also increasing awareness of dementia in the community, through the National Dementia Support Program.
This year dementia research has remained a top priority for Alzheimer’s Australia, with the main focus centred around partnerships and consumer involvement in setting dementia research priorities.