Support Groups

Share your experiences with others who understand in our counselling and support programs.

Dementia Australia currently offers a range of support options to help people living with dementia and their families.

You can also attend a range of information sessions and courses especially designed to support, inform and educate people who live with dementia, and those who care for them.


Living with Dementia Program

The Living with Dementia Program is an information and support program for people living with early stage dementia and their support person.

  • Living with Dementia is a flexible group program held as either four or six weekly sessions (depending on need), or as a residential or semi-residental retreat.
  • In each program the opportunity to separate and discuss relevant issues is provided for people living with dementia and their family member or friend.
  • Programs are run in both metropolitan and regional locations and are free of charge.

Click here to download and print the referral form.

You can always call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.


Memory Lane Café

The Memory Lane Café program is available for people with dementia and their family members or friends.

The Australian and Victorian governments, under the Home and Community Care Program, have provided funding for Café Style Support Programs that are offered throughout Victoria.

These cafés provide an opportunity for people with dementia and their family members to enjoy time together with some refreshments and entertainment, in the company of people in a similar situation to themselves. Dementia Australia Vic counselling staff and trained support volunteers also attend.

To find your nearest Memory Lane Café, please call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. You can join a Café by yourself or through an agency referral. Join by contacting the National Dementia Helpline, or by completing our referral form. Click here to download and print the referral form.


Informational Opportunities and Dementia Education Courses

Dementia Australia Vic offers a broad range of sessions and education courses for people living with dementia, their friends, family, and carers. Please click the links below to browse our range of events.

All Melbourne sessions and group programs are held at our Hawthorn information and support centre. Regional sessions and group programs are held in a variety of locations - click on the 'regional' link for details.

We do our best to accommodate requests for training in other areas, including rural locations. Topics can be adapted to suit the needs of the group.

For more information please contact Lisa Reed on 03 9815 7822 or contact us by email.


FTD Carer Support Group

Dementia Australia and Ballarat Health Services are pleased to announce the launch of the the Ballarat FTD Carer Group. This group is modelled on the successful FTD Carer Group in Geelong, which came about following a pilot research study on supporting the needs of local families caring for individuals with FTD.

Findings from the study highlighted that being part of a support group with guidance from health professionals supported caregiver specific challenges in caring for someone with FTD.

The Ballarat FTD Carer Group will meet monthly, facilitated by a neuropsychologist and a dementia counsellor. The group offers two different areas of knowledge and expertise about FTD and the impact of brain function, the latest research, local support and services, as well as practical strategies to manage behaviours.

Referrals to the Ballarat FTD Carer Group require a face to face meeting with the facilitators prior to joining.

The aim of this face to face meeting is to provide an opportunity to discuss the diagnosis, explore expectations of the group as well as some of the stages and variants of FTD.

Ballarat FTD Carer Group dates for 2019:
10:30am - 12:00pm

  • Tuesday 6 August
  • Tuesday 3 September
  • Tuesday 8 October
  • Tuesday 12 November
  • Tuesday 10 December

For more information: Please contact Kerri-Ann on 1300 526 576 or Kerri-Ann.Batchelor@dementia.org.au


Not comfortable to attend group support sessions?

You may prefer to talk to one of our professional counsellors in a private and confidential setting. Read more about our counselling services.