Media Releases

Friday 27 March 2020

At this unprecedented time, Dementia Australia is encouraging all people impacted by dementia to reach out for support and information when they need it. 

Dementia Australia Acting CEO Anthony Boffa said as the health, social and economic consequences of coronavirus (COVID-19) play out, it is important to stay connected. 

Tuesday 24 March 2020

In response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia has released four Help Sheets outlining tips for people living with dementia, carers, families and friends of people living with dementia, residential care providers and home care providers.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said people living with dementia are one of the most vulnerable groups in society at this time.

Friday 20 March 2020

In response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Dementia Australia will be modifying the way we approach our service delivery and activity for the time being

The wellbeing of our community, including people living with dementia, their families and carers, clients, volunteers, supporters and staff, is our priority. We have been following the situation closely and implementing the advice from Government and Health authorities and in some instances ensuring additional safeguards with the postponement of events as discussed below.

Tuesday 17 March 2020

The needs and capacity of people living with dementia must be a priority in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

Hospitals, GP clinics, community health centres, community care and aged care homes are all currently responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak with various methods of urgent communication to their patients and clients. 

Thursday 12 March 2020

Racing legends Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and Allan Moffat OBE have committed to raising awareness and funds for dementia through their newest roles as Dementia Australia Ambassadors.

Sir Jackie, a British former Formula 1 racing champion, founded ‘Race Against Dementia’, a global charity, to fund pioneering research into the prevention and cure of dementia.

Wednesday 11 March 2020

People in the earlier stages of dementia are being urged by experts to make a plan for their future medical treatment so they can continue to have a choice in the care that they receive. 

Dementia Australia, the peak body for people living with dementia, their families and carers, and Advance Care Planning Australia have released a joint position statement outlining recommendations to improve choice, control and wellbeing for people affected by dementia. 

Wednesday 4 March 2020

Leading local and international experts on dementia care will convene in Sydney on 24 March for the Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020 - Dementia care is quality care. 

The National Symposium will be the culmination of the Dementia Australia Quality Care Initiative, a project that has focused on raising the quality of dementia care. 

Thursday 27 February 2020

Dementia Australia is proud to launch The Dementia Guide, a comprehensive resource to support people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Updated figures show that in 2020 the number of Australians estimated to be living with dementia has increased to 459,000. Without a medical breakthrough the number of Australians with dementia is expected to be more than one million by 2058. 

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Federal parliamentarians, government officials and dementia advocates will tomorrow convene with the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia to be presented with some practical solutions for transforming dementia care in Australia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said while the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety will release its much-anticipated recommendations in November this year, urgent action is needed now.

Thursday 20 February 2020

Dementia Australia acknowledges Leader of the Opposition, Hon Anthony Albanese MP, for prioritising the urgent need to improve dementia care in his speech yesterday.

Mr Albanese’s address in Brisbane outlined the Labor Party’s vision for older Australians, highlighting the importance of dementia-friendly spaces in our communities and the impact dementia is having on almost half a million Australians.

Friday 7 February 2020

Clarifying the relationship between alcohol use and dementia is just one of 19 new projects that will share in $1.5 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research.

Dr Louise Mewton from UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) was awarded a $75,000 Dementia Australia Research Foundation Pilot Grant, sponsored by the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration, and will use the funding to clarify the relationship between low to moderate alcohol use and the risk of dementia.

Thursday 23 January 2020

Best known for saving lives on Network Ten’s Bondi Rescue, lifeguard Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid will be making a splash in Sydney Harbour on Australia Day in honour of his mother who is living with Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.

Mr Reid will host the Sydney Harbour Splash event on Sunday that will inspire thousands of swimmers, taking on a variety of distance challenges, to raise money and make a difference to the lives of people impacted by dementia.

Wednesday 22 January 2020

Dementia Australia thanks outgoing Secretary of the Department of Health Glenys Beauchamp for her service to the sector over her 21 year career in the Australian Public Service. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said Ms Beauchamp had been a committed leader of the Department of Health. 

Dementia Australia is pleased to announce its annual awareness week - Dementia Action Week - will be held from 21-27 September 2020 and is encouraging people to ‘save the date’ and register online for more information.

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Dementia Australia will be hosting internationally-renowned dementia expert, Prof Dawn Brooker, for an Australian masterclass tour on person-centred care this March.

Prof Brooker, Director of the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies UK, will embark on the tour following her keynote presentation at the ‘Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020 – Dementia care is quality care’ to be held in Sydney on 24 March 2020.