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BUSINESS AS USUAL
The process of unifying the states
and territories into Dementia Australia
is moving ahead steadily, with the
new national Executive appointed.
Meanwhile, here in NSW, our
commitment remains on ensuring
business as usual for our normal
services and advocating for the needs
of people living with dementia, their
families and carers.
This is evident with the amount of
activities planned in September for Dementia Awareness
Month. In addition to our keynote lecture by Professor Sabat
on 13 September, there are a number of activities being held
throughout the state on various topics, including living well
with dementia, healthy brain ageing and reducing your risk of
dementia, strategies for carers and families, and community
support and services. You can read more on page 4.
Our traditional and social media campaigns will be ramped
up during this month, dispelling myths, raising awareness
and most importantly letting people know they are not alone.
The results of a national survey we conducted in July
will be released during Dementia Awareness Month, and
it’s hoped this will stimulate very important discourse on
dementia and stigma.
We will also be expanding our radio and social media
advertising during Dementia Awareness Month to let as
many people as possible know about how our National
Dementia Helpline can assist them.
Last month, the Helpline celebrated its second birthday
as a national program. For two years our team of Helpline
advisors and counsellors have been offering an exceptionally
important service – helping so many people with dementia,
their families and carers at all stages of their journeys.
The quality of our offering is exceptional, our staff
compassionate and enthusiastic, and the service is unique
and professional, which is making a real difference to
I hope you enjoy this edition and as always thank you for
your continued support.
The Hon. John Watkins AM
CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
As this edition went to press we
were looking forward to the Special
General Meeting of members
called to adopt a new constitution
that will enable the establishment
of Dementia Australia, the new
national entity and name for
Alzheimer’s Australia state and
A tremendous amount of work
has been done here to bring this
long-held aspiration to reality, with the NSW team and
board of directors championing the cause.
Becoming a single, national organisation will result
in better outcomes for people living with all forms of
dementia. Dementia is the umbrella term used to describe
a wide range of illnesses, including Alzheimer’s disease,
fronto -temporal dementia, vascular dementia, Lewy Body
disease and many more. It is a name that is far more
inclusive, and we believe the change will make it easier for
people to find us.
The key drivers for unification are: the increasing
prevalence of dementia and the ageing population; changes
in funding policy from the government, who prefer to deal
with single national organisations that can demonstrate
economies of scale and operate under a unified purpose;
and consumer- directed care reforms that give consumers
more say over the types of services they choose and where
they purchase them from.
As a unified entity, Dementia Australia will be striving
for appropriate services to be available to all Australians
regardless of where they live. You should see no change to
the services we currently provide for the foreseeable future.
Maintaining continuity of services for people with dementia,
their families and carers is our upmost priority. Although
services might be organised and managed under a new
structure, people will still be able to access services through
their local offices, and we will be working to improve the
range and quality of services provided.
We expect that the new organisation and name will be
publicly launched at the National Dementia Conference in
On a more local front, we are preparing for a massive
Dementia Awareness Month with visiting dementia expert
Professor Emeritus Steven Sabat from Georgetown
University, who will be delivering the keynote address at the
Prof. Henry Brodaty AO Dementia Awareness Month Public
Lecture on 13 September. We invite you to join us for this
important event. Turn to page 4 for more information.
Paul Robertson AM
Chair, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
A UNIFIED FRONT
WILL BE STRIVING FOR
APPROPRIATE SERVICES FOR
ALL AUSTRALIANS REGARDLESS
OF WHERE THEY LIVE.
THE QUALITY OF OUR
OFFERING IS EXCEPTIONAL,
OUR STAFF COMPASSIONATE AND
ENTHUSIASTIC, AND THE SERVICE
IS UNIQUE AND PROFESSIONAL,
WHICH IS MAKING A REAL
DIFFERENCE TO PEOPLE’S LIVES.
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