31 October 2017
We are proud to announce that we have officially changed our name to Dementia Australia. With more than 100 types of dementia – Alzheimer’s disease being one – our new name reflects that, as the peak body, we are here for people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.
To coincide with the name change, Alzheimer’s Australia state and territory bodies have joined together to become one single organisation.
From a grassroots community of passionate carers around Australia, we have evolved into the leading organisation providing a voice for people impacted by dementia.
We have a challenge ahead of us. We know that awareness and understanding about dementia is still alarmingly low. We know the prevalence of dementia is growing. We know too that many Australians do not know we are here for them. We know that dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death of women in Australia. Sadly, we know it is fatal and there is currently no cure.
Over the next few months we will be rolling out our new, national Dementia Australia structure, but at all times, the individuals we are here to serve will remain paramount. We will be keeping our local teams and building on our invaluable community relationships. Dementia Australia – in its new form – will be a more agile and responsive entity, while seamlessly and sustainably continuing to deliver crucial support services tailored to local needs.
The benefits of unification will enable the delivery of consistent support services, strengthen our capacity for advocacy and enhance the organisation’s ability to raise awareness, fundraise, and facilitate research and education into the prevention, delay and cure of dementia.
Behind every decision we make, every change we make and every person we work with or support, every process we develop or program we introduce – our purpose will remain solidly that we are here to empower and enable people of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.
At our hearts we are the same organisation that you know, as Dementia Australia we will be bigger, stronger and bolder.
Check out this video which gives a great overview of our organisation’s achievements to date, and a look to the future.
Hi Martin Thank you for your comment. Dementia Australia draws upon a strong and proud history of federated organisations that have always worked together to provide much-needed advocacy, support services, education and information to people living with dementia, their families and carers, as well as the wider public. To coincide with the name change, Alzheimer's Australia state and territory bodies have joined together to become one unified organisation, representing the next chapter in a journey that has seen the organisation grow from a grassroots community of passionate carers throughout Australia into the leading voice for people all over the country who are affected by dementia. All the best Leanne - Dementia Daily team
This article says that Dementia Australia will be ‘a more agile and responsive entity’ than Alzheimer’s Australia. It also says that ‘unification’ will ‘strengthen our capacity for advocacy’, and that Dementia Australia will be ‘bigger, stronger and bolder’. Larger organisations are not necessarily more forceful advocates than smaller ones. So it would be good to have an explanation of just how Dementia Australia plans to become better at advocacy.
A good move to improving public awareness of the existence and impact of dementia in our community. Hopefully it will strengthen and improve the support provided to carers, who carry a heavy and frustrating burden.