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As the peak body for people
living with dementia, one of
the key roles we play is raising
awareness of the disease.
While we do this all year
round, it is heightened during
Dementia Awareness Month
in September, when we roll
out a month-long program
of activities, focusing on
encouraging the community to
become Dementia Friends.
What excites me about Dementia Friends is it
provides people with practical ways in which they can
create a more inclusive environment for people living
with dementia. If you have not already, I invite you to
join us in becoming a Dementia Friend and help us
transform the way we, as a nation, think, act and talk
As well, on page 4 we have highlighted the range
of activities and events being held during Dementia
Awareness Month. The program includes our Small
actions Big difference Roadshow, along with a range
of other events held around the country. You can also
get involved and show your support or even host your
own event. You can find out more at dementia.org.au
In other news, we have wrapped up our 2018
Memory Walk & Jog series. I am pleased to report the
10 fundraising events proved a great success. Over the
years, Memory Walk & Jog has become our largest
This year, we were delighted to host events in
Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Queensland,
bringing together almost 10,000 participants and
spectators. I attended many of these events myself,
and it was great to meet fantastic people around the
country who enthusiastically showed their support.
Nationwide, we raised a total of $1,195,000. This is
an incredible achievement, and I would like to thank
everyone involved. Thank you also to the many people
who hosted a DIY and MY Memor y Walk & Jog event.
As mentioned by Graeme, I would like to thank
everyone who supported our Parliamentar y Friends of
Dementia events. We saw some fantastic engagement
from politicians across parties, and it is great to see
so many of them signing up to become Dementia
Friends. I ’m sure Australians living with dementia, their
families and carers will be heartened to hear this.
Thank you for your continued support, and I hope to
see some of you at our various Dementia Awareness
Month events during September.
CEO, Dementia Australia
We are looking forward to another
Dementia Awareness Month this
September, and we have a series of
activities scheduled nationwide.
Meanwhile, it has been a busy time
for Dementia Australia. In June, we
received support from MPs during our
Parliamentary Friends of Dementia
events in the NSW, Victorian and
Federal Parliaments. The theme was
‘ Inspiring your community to become
a Dementia Friend’, which prompted
many politicians in attendance to sign up and encourage
their constituents to do the same. I would like to take this
opportunity to thank each of them for their commitment.
Politicians involved include: Federal Minister for Aged Care,
The Hon. Ken Wyatt MP; NSW Premier The Hon. Gladys
Berejiklian MP; Tasmanian Senator Helen Polley; NSW
Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Co-convenors The Hon.
Leslie Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional
and Rural Health, Member for Port Macquarie and Kate
Washington MP, Acting Shadow Minister for Ageing and
Disabilities, Member for Port Stephens; The Hon. Martin Foley
MP, Victorian Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing;
Victorian Parliamentary Friends of Dementia Co - convenors
Gabrielle Williams MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health,
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers, Member
for Dandenong and Emma Kealy MP, Shadow Minister for
Senior Victorians, Member for Lowan.
We intend to introduce regular Parliamentary Friends of
Dementia events in other states and territories.
We are extremely grateful to our dedicated Dementia
Advocates and Ambassadors for sharing their powerful stories
and highlighting the ver y real challenges and experiences of
people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Our Parliamentary Friends of Dementia event in Canberra
also served as the platform to announce our newest
Ambassadors, Jessica and Lisa Origliasso from The
Veronicas. They marked their first official commitment of their
ambassadorship by participating in a Q&A session during
the event, led by Ambassador Ita Buttrose AO OBE. We are
delighted to welcome The Veronicas on board, and thank
them for their commitment.
Research grants are vital in bringing us closer to a
better understanding of dementia and finding meaningful
interventions to improve future outcomes.
The Dementia Australia Research Foundation recently
announced more than $1 million in funding as part of their
Dementia Grants Program – Round 2. Early and mid- career
researchers were invited to apply for a variety of grants and
fellowships, with the program aiming to build capacity in
Recently, we also welcomed the Federal Government’s
announcement of $1 million to support the continued
development of Dementia Australia’s world-leading dementia
care technologies. This funding will enable us to build on the
success of our award -winning innovations, which have long
been improving dementia care.
Professor Graeme Samuel AC
Chair, Dementia Australia
28/8/18 1:38 pm
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