Northern Territory

Dementia Australia NT provides support, information and education to help people living with dementia, their families, their carers, and health professionals working in the dementia care field.

To access the services offered by Dementia Australia NT call the National Dementia Helpline.

Our services include:

National Dementia Helpline

We have professional staff available to provide up-to-date information about dementia and other associated issues. Further information about all of our services (listed below) can be obtained by calling this number: 1800 100 500 

Advice and Counselling

Counsellors are available to provide advice, support and advocacy, on an individual basis or as a family group. We can provide this over the phone, or as an office visit or at your home.

Programs for the Community

We conduct 2 hour sessions to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle and to stimulate cognitive functioning.

Recreational and Therapeutic Activities

These activities for people with dementia and their carers include art therapy, pet therapy, music therapy and a social group. 

Day Respite Services

Our Stepping Out Club provides up to 5 hours of stimulating and meaningful activities every week for people with dementia, so their carer can take a regular break.

Carer Support Groups

We facilitate regular meetings where carers of people with dementia can meet to discuss common issues, or to just chat with other carers.

Safe Return Program

Safe Return, runs in conjunction with the NT Police, provides an identity bracelet for the person with dementia, and lists all their relevant details on the police data-base, to facilitate a speedy return home if they have wandered.

Life Memories Albums

Life Memories Albums encourage individuals to construct an album representing their life history through recollecting and retelling memories. Photographs, artwork and memorabilia can be displayed in the album. Albums travel through a person's childhood, young adulthood and special occasions. Albums can be passed onto family members and friends acknowledging the heritage of that special individual. They can be a valuable tool for other caregivers in the future, and focus for reminiscence.

Dementia Monitoring Program

This program provides individualised practical help for people with memory problems who live alone, or who have minimal family or other social support. This assistance can be very flexible, and may include transportation, help with budgeting and bill-paying, an occasional outing or visit to the home. It also includes a weekly exercise group for those who are physically active and keen to maintain their fitness. A major benefit of this scheme is that we can subtly maintain a regular check of the client's needs, and report back to family or doctor if there is a problem.

Information and Public Awareness

Staff are very willing to meet and talk with community and other groups, install a temporary display, provide brochures about our services, contribute articles to organisations' newsletters, etc.

Counselling and Individual Support

Individual support and practical advice available to people with dementia, their families and carers from professional staff located in Darwin and Alice Springs offices.

Support Groups

Support Groups provide a great opportunity for people to be able to share their experiences and skills with others while learning new ones.

Safe Return Program

The Northern Territory Safe Return program gives carers of people with Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia, peace of mind if the person in their care wanders. The Safe Return program is run in conjunction with NT Police in Darwin, Alice Springs and Katherine. It allows carers to start a search for a person who has dementia and who has wandered from home.

DMCC Activities

Come & join us for some social, recreational or therapeutic sessions. These sessions are held every Friday of each month. The Social Group and therapy activities (eg Tai Chi, scrapbooking and Wii Connect) are for people with early stage dementia and their carers. Memory Matters and Health & Wellbeing are offered to members of the general public. For more information, please call Annette on 1800 100 500.

Living with Memory Loss

Memory loss and confusion can be the most striking initial symptoms of dementia related illnesses. This national program is available to people dealing with a recent diagnosis of dementia.