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EXCITING TIMES AHEAD
The past few months have seen the
continuation of our hugely popular
Memory Walk & Jog series hosted
across New South Wales, with
around 5500 people participating so
far, raising $230,000 and counting.
I echo Paul’s comments here in
highlighting the importance of and
expressing our gratitude to everybody
who has supported this event.
Those who have participated in
Memory Walk & Jog can be confident that the money they
raised will have a direct and positive effect on the members
of our community who are living with dementia. Planning is
already underway for the 2018 series, and we hope to be
able to build on this year’s excellent result.
Funds raised during two of the Memory Walk & Jog
events will go towards the development of our hugely
exciting dementia-friendly gardens at our sites in North Ryde
and Port Macquarie.
Using best-practice guidelines and research from
around the world, along with feedback garnered through
consultation with consumers and health professionals,
the gardens are being developed in conjunction with
landscape architects at Sym Studio to provide multi-purpose,
We are incredibly proud of this project. A few features
of the gardens include contrasting colours to enable easy
separation of items, lots of signage to aid navigation and
accessibility aids including hand-rails and ramps.
We are also continuing to move towards the national
unification of our organisation and remain excited about the
fantastic opportunities this will present. We are keen to hear
from you to ensure we understand and can respond to any
concerns you might have. If you have questions or feedback,
please email: Dementia.Australia@alzheimers.org.au.
As usual, we will host Dementia Awareness Month
throughout September and are busy developing a diverse
and exciting program.
I would like to remind our readers that the 17th Biennial
Alzheimer’s Australia National Conference is set to take
place 17–20 October 2017 at the Melbourne Convention and
The conference will bring together national and
international thought leaders in dementia research and
practice, and aims to provide opportunities for us to consider
how we can ‘be the change’ when it comes to improving the
lives of people effected by dementia. We hope to see many
of you there!
I hope you find this edition of interest, and thank you for
your continued support.
The Hon. John Watkins AM
CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
Alzheimer’s Australia is currently
working with the Australian
Government Department of Health
to continue to provide the National
Dementia Support Program (NDSP).
This program funds the delivery
of the bulk of our support and
education services to people
with dementia and their families
and carers. Services such as the
National Dementia Helpline and the
Living with Dementia program are the cornerstone of our
connection to new consumers. We are working tirelessly to
provide greater certainty for people with dementia who rely
on our many services and supports.
The NSW Board of Directors and I continue to be
inspired by the great work carried out by our wonderful
staff and many volunteers. Autumn has been the season
for several large Memory Walk & Jog events around NSW.
I am particularly proud of the way our NSW fundraising
team assisted colleagues in Victoria, South Australia and
Queensland to successfully manage Memory Walk &
Jogs in their regions.
This is a wonderful example of the collaboration that
underscores the principles of the new national entity:
Dementia Australia. These events are very important
to our fundraising efforts and would not be possible
without the help of hundreds of volunteers who
generously give their time.
This year two of the NSW Memory Walk & Jog events
are raising funds to create new dementia-friendly gardens
for our Port Macquarie and North Ryde facilities.
These new spaces will showcase some best-practice
features and construction that aim to demonstrate how
people at home can help create more dementia-friendly
gardens, as well as be exemplars to community and
residential care providers.
In the last edition of In Touch magazine, I talked about
the National Dementia Helpline promotional campaign.
The campaign and the staff attending to callers have
performed brilliantly, and we are very pleased that we
have achieved our call-volume target ahead of schedule.
The Helpline is a vital entry point to our many services and
support networks, and we were amazed by the number of
people who did not know where to get help. Well done to
everyone involved in this campaign!
On the national scene, we congratulate Ms Maree
McCabe, who has been appointed the National Chief
Executive Officer for Alzheimer’s Australia. Maree was
previously appointed as the Interim CEO at the end of
2016, and prior to this was the CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia
VIC. Maree will work closely with our National Board and
especially our National President, Graeme Samuel, to
establish the new governance model for Dementia Australia.
We welcome Maree as she sets about the important task
of shaping the direction of our new national entity.
Paul Robertson AM
Chair, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
25/5/17 2:47 pm
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