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stakeholders and the community as a single, unified voice,
to elevate the issue of dementia to the position it deserves
as one of the biggest – and growing – health issues facing
Trevor Crosby, who has Lewy body disease, is a
committed advocate for the dementia cause and says
the new direction of the organisation is welcome and
“The announcement will deliver new life into the
dementia battle, which already affects so many Australians,
including me,” he says.
“There is no time to waste in the search for a cure, for a
way to prevent dementia and to ensure a better quality of
life for everyone living with this condition. The name change
also has great significance to me and many other people
who have different types of dementia. It makes clear the
organisation is here for everyone who has a diagnosis of
every form of dementia, not just people with a diagnosis of
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We’ve been on quite a journey over
the past 12 months in Australia on
the path to unification, something
that has been discussed as a
possibility within governments
both federal and state, and among
consumers and our partners for
quite a few years. This has intensified recently to become
a reality, and all have welcomed and applauded our move
towards unification, and significantly our name change to
I wish to thank the Federal Government for its support
and their genuine excitement about the change, as they
too are partners in our cause to serve all people who are
affected by dementia.
The support we have had from Board members around the
country, from CEOs and from their leadership teams, who
have demonstrated a professionalism and a commitment
focused solely on better outcomes for the people we are
here to serve, has been exemplary. This includes all the staff
and volunteers around Australia. I know that through this
momentous change process, at our grassroots level, the
day-to-day services and programs that make a difference to
the lives of so many people have been at the forefront of our
attention and the transition has been seamless in this regard.
This is also what I and my colleagues have been conscious
of all along – never losing sight of what is at our core – to be
here for all people affected by dementia.
What stands out for me is that the formality of
unification has preceded functionality. It is early days, but
we are now well on the way to developing the functional
element of the process.
As a result of unification, there will be boundless
opportunities for partnerships. With the 3500 residential
aged-care providers and 2500 retirement villages, 6000
providers of services to the aged-care and healthcare
sector, Primary Healthcare Networks, clinical practitioners
and health professional networks, unimaginable
partnerships are awaiting us.
We’re already working closely with some, and as Dementia
Australia we will be inviting all to work with us to build
programs to improve care, bring about timely diagnosis and
elevate awareness of the supports that are available. We are
aware that better and more coordinated services are needed.
We know more and more people are wanting to stay
at home where they are comfortable and familiar, can
have their families and friends around them, and maintain
their lifestyles and what’s important to them as much as
possible. We know with good support that this contributes
to better health outcomes for all, as well as to healthier
communities in general.
We will constantly be a strong advocate for and with
consumers in the process, while also working alongside
our research community as we all work together towards
improving care, delaying the onset and finding a cure for all
forms of dementia.
Our name change is about bringing all the dementias
together, making sure no one feels left out; it’s about
everyone knowing we are here for them – for you.
Dementia is everyone’s business and Dementia Australia
is for everyone.
Graeme Samuel AC
Chair, Dementia Australia
7/12/17 5:00 pm
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