Media Releases

10 July 2018

Dementia Australia today joins the rest of the country in supporting National Diabetes Week. This year’s theme “It’s About Time” aims to raise awareness about the importance of early detection and early treatment for all types of diabetes.

There are an estimated 1.7 million Australians who have diabetes[1] and Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said medical research showed possible links between type 2 diabetes and the development of dementia.

21 May 2018

Dementia Australia in support of National Palliative Care Week is today reminding Australians of the importance of discussing your future health care decisions with family and friends to ensure your palliative care and end-of-life wishes are honoured.

In line with this year’s theme “What matters most?” Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe is encouraging Australians to reflect on what is most important for you, if you became seriously ill, and could no longer speak for yourself.

21 May 2018

To coincide with National Volunteer Week May 21 – 27 Dementia Australia today joined the country in celebrating more than 6 million Australians who volunteer their time, energy and commitment to support various causes, organisations and charities.

11 May 2018

Dementia Australia acknowledges the Leader of the Opposition, Bill Shorten MP, for his continued commitment to keeping dementia on the agenda as a national health priority.

Last night in his Budget Reply speech Mr Shorten stated “tackling dementia and delivering better aged care will be a national priority, backed by real resources”.

11 May 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Western Australian Government’s investment of $37 billion for health services in the state.

8 May 2018

Tuesday 8 May 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s $5 billion dollar commitment to the aged care sector in its budget, which will ensure better access, better quality and overall better ageing for all Australians.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the budget included many measures that would significantly improve the aged care experience of millions of Australians.

2 May 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Northern Territory Government’s investment of $1.56 billion for health services in the Territory.


Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said an investment in the primary healthcare system goes some way towards benefiting people living with dementia by helping to provide a more timely diagnosis and early intervention.

2 May 2018

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said that with more than 107,000 people in Victoria living with dementia, it was important to have a strong acute care system that has the capacity to ensure people impacted by dementia were supported appropriately.1

“As the risk of dementia increases with advancing age, people with dementia, including those living at home and living in residential care, are frequent users of hospitals and other health care services.

1 May 2018

Noeline Brown, Logie award-winning actor, comedian and Australia’s first appointed Ambassador for Ageing, will today launch the Southern Highlands 2018 Tulip Festival, by planting the first bulb for this acclaimed event in New South Wales. 

The planting of the first bulb is an important milestone as it signals the countdown to the festival and the beginning of months of preparation work, from the dedicated team of gardeners and horticulturalists that help make the festival a perennial crowd favourite.

30 April 2018

Dementia Australia and Carers NT Alice Springs office will provide a more convenient and accessible option for clients when they officially open a new collocated premises tomorrow, Tuesday 1 May 2018.

The shared premises will cater for people impacted by dementia and their carers, and carers who provide care and support to a family member or friend who has disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or is frail aged.

24 April 2018

Dementia Australia welcomes new funding targeted at improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities living with dementia released by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the $14 million allocated by the government, as part of the $200 million Boosting Dementia Research initiative, would help to tackle the rising challenge of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

19 April 2018

A new book launched today, Cooking For Charity, celebrates the life and work of Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Tan and takes readers on a journey from Jeffrey’s childhood in Malaysia to the founding of his multimillion-dollar charity initiative.

Dementia Australia Board Member Neil Samuel officially launched the book today at the Perc Walkley Dementia Learning Centre with Chef Jeffrey and book co-author, John Kumnick.

18 April 2018

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to create an independent Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission that will provide a single point of contact for dealing with claims of sub-standard care.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the plan to merge the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner and the aged care regulatory functions of the Department of Health into a single commission would benefit people living with dementia, their families and carers.

16 April 2018

This Advance Care Planning Week 16 – 22 April Dementia Australia is reminding Australians about the importance of discussing their future health care decisions with family and or friends to ensure their palliative care and end of life wishes are honoured.


Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said advance care planning is essential planning for everyone and especially important for people living with dementia.

12 April 2018

Experts wanting to move into dementia research in Australia have an opportunity to access a $1 million research grant that could transform the landscape, Dementia Australia Research Foundation and The Yulgilbar Foundation announced today.

The $1 million Innovation Grant is jointly funded by the two foundations and will be administered through Dementia Australia’s research arm. Key components of the grant include highly innovative approaches, the involvement of early career researchers and ongoing engagement with those directly affected by dementia, including people living with dementia and their families and carers.

11 April 2018

When Collingwood Football Club’s star half forward Ben Crocker’s father Paul was diagnosed with younger onset dementia in late 2014 aged just 59, it had a life changing impact on the whole family.

And now his personal connection has led Ben to sign up as Dementia Australia’s latest Ambassador, fuelled by a desire to assist in raising awareness about the condition in the community.

In his new role Ben will quite literally hit the ground running, with his first official outing as Dementia Australia Ambassador at the Melbourne Memory Walk & Jog at Westerfolds Park, Templestowe on Sunday 22 April.

5 April 2018

Dementia Australia has released two online resources developed with assistance from the New South Wales Government’s Family and Community Services to improve support, care and knowledge of services available for people living with younger onset dementia.

The resources will improve awareness around complex issues that follow a diagnosis for a young person, the impact it may have on their family and how to best support carers, while also encouraging health professionals to gain a better understanding of the specific needs for people living with younger onset dementia.

28 March 2018

Dementia Australia would like to thank Adelaide Crows midfielder Bryce Gibbs who ‘lost his locks’ and raised almost $30,000 for the Crow’s Children Foundation and Dementia Australia.

Bryce was inspired to take-up the challenge after both he and his fiancé Lauren each lost family members to the condition, which is now the second leading cause of death in Australia. 

27 March 2018

Cycling enthusiasts Nick Young and Pierre Sullivan, together with 80 cyclists, are preparing to undertake Dementia Australia’s biggest national community fundraising event – the Bondi2Berry Ride to Remember.

Established in 2016, the Bondi2Berry Ride to Remember has raised more than $131,000 for Dementia Australia. This year the ride will take place during Dementia Awareness Month in September. Riders will take off from Bondi on Saturday 8 September with a target to raise more than $100,000.