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Intouch : In Touch Issue 75
2 In touch Summer 2010 www.alzheimers.org.au Contents We have had a busy and satisfying quarter. So much is happening and all of it is good. Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) was supported financially by Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services NSW, and Home and Community Care (HACC), and the active program included a national television campaign. During DAW we had a successful meeting of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Dementia; it is pleasing that interest in this important activity in Parliament House is increasing. We also released a discussion paper on stigma associated with dementia. Congratulations to Lisa Langley and Jo-Ann Brown who prepared this excellent paper on an important subject. September’s Memory Walk in Parramatta was a great day – numbers were up and it was financially successful. Advisory Committee The excellent Advisory Committee that meets each quarter has done some new and different things. They have had a ‘brainstorming’ session in which ideas for the Association are thrown around and they plan to have another such occasion. They are eminent and busy people and their ideas are most appropriate and welcome. New resources Our staff members have produced some new resources during the quarter. They include new resources on ‘Worried about your Memory?’, as well as information for GPs and pharmacies. Our Helpline is receiving an increasing number of calls, which pleases us because it is there precisely to help people. We are also taking steps to increase our activities in areas of high population growth, and therefore dementia growth – they are the Tweed, the Illawarra, the Central Coast and South-West Sydney in the first instance. Nationally the IT project continues to advance, although it has been delayed a bit, and we in NSW will derive benefit when it is online. One of our staff members, Amanda Allen, is helping drive it. Ministerial update Following the Federal election, we have a new Minister for Ageing, The Hon. Mark Butler MP from South Australia, with whom to liaise. We are also aware that change in our area is ‘on the table’. The first major event, we expect, will be a report by the Productivity Commission early next year. We are waiting for that report and will study it closely. Financial matters As the stock market continues to recover, so our investment portfolio becomes healthier and has more value. We maintain a model of a desirable asset balance between shares, cash and fixed interest investments. Since some recent bequests came to us in the form of shares, we have had to integrate those into our model. This has necessitated buying and selling. Board news The Board had the chance to meet regional staff at a picnic in September and we thank those who made this possible. We certainly appreciated it. John Watkins has accepted the position of Chair of the Little Company of Mary Health Care Limited, however he will remain CEO of our organisation. We expect that his new position will demand up to two days a week. Accordingly, his time at AlzNSW has been reduced and plans have been made for others to take up extra duties. John’s new position commenced in November 2010. The Hon. Prof. Peter Baume AC Chairman Chairman’s message 2 Chairman’s message 3 CEO’s message 4 News Care Symposium, Memory Lane Concert and more 8 People power AlzNSW launches Ambassador Program 10 Stigma survey results Reducing stigma with public education 12 Memory matters Seek help sooner for the best treatment: new campaign and publication 14 Launch of NSW Dementia Services Framework NSW Government improves services for those with dementia 16 Move to end dementia Dementia Awareness Week events around the state 20 Fundraising news Upcoming events 22 People Day in the life of a Library and Information Services Coordinator 23 In Memoriam 24 Resources What’s new on the bookshelf?
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