Annual
Report

2015/16

About
Alzheimer’s
Australia

Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing more than 353,800 Australians living with dementia and their families and carers. Our vision is for a society committed to the prevention of dementia, while valuing and supporting people living with the condition.

I would like to thank everybody who has been involved with Alzheimer’s Australia over the past twelve months for their dedication and commitment to our organisation as we strive to lead the way towards a world that is inclusive of people living with dementia.

Maree McCabe, Interim CEO

CEO's Report

This year has seen Alzheimer’s Australia successfully rise to the challenge of finding new and innovative ways of undertaking our business to better support people impacted by dementia.

  • Ongoing Government discussions to advocate for people with younger onset dementia
  • Ensuring consumer involvement in setting research priorities
  • A National Consumer Summit at Parliament House
  • A national campaign in the lead-up to the 2016 Federal election to advocate for people living with dementia and their families and carers
  • The development of over 17 policy proposals to Government
  • Strengthening and promoting the voices of people living with dementia and their families and carers through our National Dementia Consumer Network

Maree McCabe, Interim CEO Alzheimer’s Australia

Consumer
Involvement

We acknowledge that all our work and achievements this year have been made possible thanks to the invaluable strength and contribution of our consumers. Thank you to all those people who have been the voice of people living with dementia and their families and carers

  • Consumer Advisory Committee
  • Consumer Dementia Research Network
  • National Cross Cultural Dementia Network
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group
  • National Dementia Consumer Network

I have an important contribution to make to the discussion around the funding for dementia and the way in which we are supported by the government and the community. It’s about improving the future situation for people who have been diagnosed with dementia.

Mike Bryan, living with dementia

Dementia
Friendly
Communities

Alzheimer’s Australia is committed to working with people living with dementia and their families and carers to develop dementia-friendly communities, where people living with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

Dementia Freindly Communities

Election
Campaigns

In the lead up to the 2016 Federal election, Alzheimer’s Australia called on all political parties to commit to taking action against dementia, resulting in funding pledges from the Coalition, Australian Labor Party and the Greens.

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Community Awareness

Community
Awareness

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomed Gill Ayling, Head of Global Action Against Dementia (GAAD) from the UK Department of Health to conduct a national speaking tour, visiting every state and territory in the country. Gill’s presentation focused on international initiatives to combat dementia and create dementia-friendly communities.

Creating a dementia-friendly nation starts with you. We all have a role to play in helping people with dementia sustain their independence, dignity and sense of purpose in our communities. By making small changes, we can make a big difference.

Gill Ayling, Head of Global Action Against Dementia with the United Kingdom’s Health Department

Media/Web

Alzheimer’s Australia aims to raise awareness in the community by being involved in the dementia conversation in the media. This year we have continued to be considered a knowledge leader and a credible source of information on all areas relating to dementia. This year Alzheimer’s Australia generated 929 media items which reached a cumulative audience of over 34 million people, amounting to a total advertising space rate of over $8 million dollars.

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Younger Onset
Dementia Key
Worker Program

The Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program (YODKWP) continued in the 2015 and 2016 financial year. This flagship program provides individualised support to people living with younger onset dementia, their families and carers.

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NDSP

This was the 10th year Alzheimer’s Australia has continued to provide vital support and services to assist people living with dementia and their families and carers while also increasing awareness of dementia in the community, through the National Dementia Support Program.

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Research

This year dementia research has remained a top priority for Alzheimer’s Australia, with the main focus centred around partnerships and consumer involvement in setting dementia research priorities.