Media Releases

The overuse of physical and chemical restraint and the lack of dementia specific training within the aged care workforce continue to be significant issues within the residential aged care sector, according to Dementia Australia.

Speaking at the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, Dementia Australia called for greater scrutiny of the overuse of antipsychotics as a form of chemical restraint and the confusion surrounding the roles and responsibilities of providers, prescribers, consumers, families, carers and highlighted the ongoing confusion around restraint. Workforce training and education in understanding dementia and avoiding restrictive practices is vital given more than half of people living in residential aged care are diagnosed with dementia.

Friday 16 August 2019

Dementia Australia is delighted to announce Anthony Carbines MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and The Hon Nick Wakeling MP, Shadow Minister for Ageing as the new Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Co-convenors for Victoria. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Co-convenor role is important for bridging the gap between government and everyday Australians living with dementia. 

Monday 12 August  2019

The importance of informal care and the difficulties that carers experience was under the spotlight this week during the Mildura hearings of The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe believes that it is important the role of informal carers is recognised by the Royal Commission.

Friday 9 August 2019

The PainChek® app, initially funded by the Dementia Australia Research Foundation in 2012 has recently received a $5 million investment by the Morrison government.

The investment by government makes provision for a universal PainChek® access license for the more than 1,000 Residential Aged Care Providers in Australia and their 100,000 residents living with dementia for a one year period.

On Aged Care Employee Day, Dementia Australia acknowledges the hundreds of thousands of people working in the industry across Australia. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the day, which serves to thank, honour and celebrate aged care employees, is an important opportunity to recognise the important role they play in the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers. 

Friday 26 July 2019

On Saturday 7 September 130 riders will take off from Bondi Beach to Berry on the annual bike ride to raise funds to support the work of Dementia Australia. 

Organisers Nick Young and Pierre Sullivan have first-hand experience of the disease. Both of Mr Young’s grandmothers passed away after living with dementia and his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011. Mr Sullivan’s mother was diagnosed with dementia in 2015.

Thursday 25 July 2019

Dementia Australia today delivered a Communique, Our Solution: Quality care for people living with dementia, to the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, outlining what quality aged care means to people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Written from the perspective of people with lived experience, the Communique marks the first turning point in Dementia Australia’s Quality Dementia Care initiative, which seeks to develop baseline and ‘gold’ standards of care and link them with the new Aged Care Quality Standards which came into effect 1 July 2019.

Tuesday 23 July 2019

American dementia expert, Teepa Snow, will be in Australia this August for a series of seminars.

Designed for aged care professionals, the seminars will explore a positive approach to dementia care and the effective engagement and support of people living with dementia. They will focus on the cognitive, behavioural and physical aspects of dementia care and the related practices that can be easily adopted to stimulate positive improvements within each aspect. 

Thursday 18 July 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the federal government’s announcement to provide $21 million to 13 research projects that focus on risk reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was inspiring to see the total investment under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) Boosting Dementia Research Grant scheme reach its $200 million allocation. 

Friday 12 July 2019

Innovative Dementia Australia technology solutions helping to improve the lives of people living with dementia will be showcased at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles next week. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) is the world’s largest forum for the dementia research community and will provide Dementia Australia with the opportunity to demonstrate two of its technology-driven initiatives. 

11 July 2019

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) has officially been recognised as a ‘Working Towards Dementia-Friendly Organisation’ by Dementia Australia.

EMHS is the first metropolitan health service in Australia to be given this recognition.

11 July 2019

A total of $210,000 has been awarded in grants across 20 organisations to make their services and community more dementia-friendly and deliver local, tailored change appropriate to their communities.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the grants have the capacity to significantly and positively impact people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Tuesday 2 July 2019 

Dementia Australia welcomes the announcement by the Andrews Government that an additional 5,000 carers in Victoria will be able to access 100,000 hours of respite each year. 

Dementia Australia CEO Ms Maree McCabe said that the role of a carer is often critical for a loved one with dementia to continue to live in the community and is becoming increasingly important as dementia prevalence rates continue to rise. 

Monday 1 July 2019

Dementia Australia congratulates Robert Fitzgerald AM for his appointment as New South Wales’ first Ageing and Disability Commissioner. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see the New South Wales Government’s commitment to this new appointment, especially as the number of people living with dementia continues to rise. 

Monday 1 July 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the new Charter of Aged Care Rights and Aged Care Quality Standards, both come into effect as of today, as a reinforcement of the commitment by governments and the aged care industry to focus more strongly on consumer choice and engagement.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the new Charter and Standards would benefit people living with dementia, their families and carers. 

Friday 28 June 2019

Dementia Australia has urged the Federal Government to take action to better support the more than 129,000 older Australians who are waiting to receive home care packages. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said as the prevalence of dementia continues to increase so does the need for home care packages.

Monday 24 June 2019

Dementia Australia is calling for the findings of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to reflect the need for culturally appropriate, person-centred care, where the services provided are sensitive to, respectful of, and responsive to, the preferences, needs and values of people from diverse backgrounds including those who care for them. 

Friday 21 June 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the South Australian Government’s budget announcement to allocate $537 million in additional funds to build a better health system.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it was excellent to see $69.1 million over the next four years allocated to the reactivation of the Repatriation General Hospital site, where planning continues for dementia care and older persons mental health services.