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Intouch : In Touch Issue 78
Contents It was really good to see the Queen's Birthday Honours list and it was especially delightful to see the name of Professor Maree Gleeson there. Maree is one of the Directors of Alzheimer's Australia NSW (AlzNSW) and is a source of good advice and good sense; we like to think that some of her award is for her service to this organisation. Maree's award will soon be conferred by our Patron the Governor of NSW Marie Bashir. Retiring Directors Maree is also now standing down as a Director of AlzNSW, and we are very grateful for her wonderful contribution to the Board. Robert Yeoh will also retire from the Board at the upcoming AGM. Robert's position is a little different in that he is also a member of the Board of Alzheimer's Disease International. Robert has been a Chairman of AlzNSW as well as National President of Alzheimer's Australia. We thank him for his wonderful, lengthy contribution and wish him well. Our brand We have a really exciting new marketing strategy. It has been developed by Interbrand, coordinated by Andrew Mills from AlzNSW. Congratulations to the National Communications and Marketing team who have worked so hard on this. We have been fortunate to have generous and expert support from professionals in the area and we are most grateful. It is our intention to roll out the new branding in October. Publicity Our new National President Ita Buttrose AO OBE has been working hard on wonderful publicity in the short time she has been in the position. For example, at the National Conference she got a lot of publicity with some necessary and forthright speeches. She comes from the Advisory Council in NSW and people should be aware of the high quality of the people who sit on that Council and assist us under the chairmanship of Barbara Cail. The Productivity Commission Report has now been released. It is of great importance to us. Six months ago, the Draft Report did not mention dementia very much. We thought this was an enormous oversight, as ageing in Australia is associated with dementia far too often. It is necessary that opinion leaders understand just how serious the dementia challenge is and the report of the Productivity Commission is a perfect opportunity for this. We held a function for the commissioners a couple of months ago and emphasised the importance of dementia. Many of our activities are important but are not what any government funds us for, so we have to pay for them out of monies that you help us raise. The activities are vital for our success and must go on in spite of a lack of government funding. One such activity is planned for later this year: to provide the many first-time NSW parliamentarians with electorate-specific information about the impact dementia will have on their own constituencies. Events and speakers Baroness Susan Greenfield, a neuroscientist from Oxford University, has been an exciting and welcome visitor. She spoke to dementia specialists in Sydney, visited every state and territory and addressed the National Press Club. See page 8 for more information about Baroness Greenfield's visit. We also had a successful lunch with Graeme Samuel AC in Parliament House on 30 June. Graeme, whose brother is Vice- President of Alzheimer's Australia, spoke emotionally about his mother's dementia, and we all enjoyed his talk. The Hon. Prof. Peter Baume AC Chairman Chairman's message 2 Chairman's message 3 CEO's message 4 News Dementia Awareness Week and more 8 What price health? Leading neuroscientist calls for increased funding 9 Memory Vans On the road with the AlzNSW Memory Vans 10 Memory Walks 2011's record-breaking fundraising event 11 Younger Onset Dementia Research and resources 12 Volunteers Awards for volunteers and a Memory Van road trip 13 Q&A 14 AlzNSW Services 10 ways we can help you 15 Fundraising news 16 Courses 17 Campaign AlzNSW lobbies for government support 18 A day in the life of... Educator Michelle Basic 19 In memoriam 20 Library Reviews of new resources 2 In touch Spring 2011 www.alzheimers.org.au
In Touch Issue 77
In Touch Summer 2011-12