Media Releases

Tuesday 19 March 2019

Dementia Australia today welcomed the Australian Greens policy release and their human rights based approach to aged care.  

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said as the peak body our purpose is to advocate for the autonomy, independence and human rights of people living with dementia. 

Thursday 14 March 2019

Dementia Australia is calling on all political parties in New South Wales to commit to tackling the dementia challenge ahead of the upcoming State election on 23 March.

The cost of dementia to the NSW economy is already significant and growing rapidly. In 2018, dementia was estimated to have cost NSW more than $4.9 billion, with an expected increase to more than $11 billion by 2026.

Friday 8 March 2019

Dementia Australia today acknowledged all women impacted by dementia for International Women’s Day.

Maree McCabe CEO Dementia Australia said today is an opportunity to honour the lifelong contribution of women of all ages, living with all forms of dementia and the many women involved in their care.

Friday 1 March 2019

Dementia Australia commends Palliative Care Australia and the Australian Government on the release of the updated National Palliative Care Strategy, which provides a road map for the future focus of palliative care services across Australia. 

Friday 22 February 2019

Dementia Australia is encouraging all Australians to bust a move and vote for comedian Denise Scott who has selected Dementia Australia as her chosen charity on the new series of Dancing With The Stars.

Dementia is a cause close to Denise’s heart having cared for her mother Marg.

“Caring for my Mum was truly life changing,” Ms Scott said.

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe addressed the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Adelaide today highlighting the impact of dementia in Australia - on Australians - and reinforced that dementia must be core business for aged care. 

“Dementia is the chronic disease of the 21st century,” Ms McCabe said.

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe will call for mandatory, dementia education for aged care workers in her appearance at the Royal Commission into Aged Care Safety and Quality in Adelaide today.

“With more than 50 per cent of people in residential aged care living with a diagnosis of dementia, it is essential that a minimum level of dementia specific training becomes a national prerequisite to work in aged care across all parts of the system,” Ms McCabe said.

Thursday 14 February 2019


Dementia Australia welcomes the launch of the Aged Care Diversity Framework action plans at Parliament House today by The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP, Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care. 

Thursday 14 February 2019

Supporting expression of sexuality by older people with dementia in long-term care is just one of 17 new projects that will share in more than $1 million in grants to conduct ground-breaking dementia research. 

Dr Cindy Jones from Bond University was awarded a $75,000 Dementia Australia Research Foundation Project Grant and will use the funding to develop the facilitation of care environments that are supportive of the verbalisation and expression of sexual preference, need and desire by people living with dementia. 

Sunday 10 February 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes this extra funding for aged care and today’s commitment by the Federal Government to increase the investment into home care packages and the dementia supplement in home care is a good step.

Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said while extra funding is always welcome we also need to apply the same focus on the allocation of resources along with a commitment to improving training and culture.

Thursday 7 February 2019

Dementia Australia is this month reminding Australians ‘What is good for your heart is good for your brain’ as part of Heart Research Month 1- 28 February – a time to love your heart and learn how to take care of it.

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Dementia Australia today welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of the phased approach to be taken with the introduction of the Specialist Dementia Care Program to ensure the service model can be appropriately tested, evaluated and improved before a broader rollout nationally.

Friday 1 February 2019

Dementia Australia has welcomed the Federal Government’s offering of 775 new Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) program places.

Acting CEO of Dementia Australia, Leanne Emerson, said the organisation welcomed the additional places, but would like to see more awareness of the benefits that this kind of program for people living with dementia.

Wednesday 30 January 2019

Dementia Australia welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of $22.9 million towards the Move It Aus Better Ageing Grants, which will focus on helping inactive people aged 65 and older to become more physically active and socially connected.

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Dementia Australia congratulates Lynette Chester AM for her inclusion in the Australia Day Honours as a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Saturday 26 January 2019

Dementia Australia congratulates author and dedicated dementia advocate, Tom Valenta OAM for his inclusion in the Australia Day Honours today receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division.

Mr Valenta has been honoured for his distinguished service to the community through charitable organisations, Dementia Australia*, Cystic Fibrosis Victoria, Task Force Community Agency and Odyssey House Victoria.

Friday 25 January 2019

Dementia Australia is reminding Australians to look out for older members of their community ahead of exceptionally hot weather predicted over the Australia Day long weekend.

Saturday 19 January 2019

The commencement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in Adelaide is welcomed by the national peak body for all people impacted by dementia. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe commends the Royal Commission and their intention to conduct extensive consultation around the country in the following months, with a focus on dementia and learning from mistakes of the past.

Wednesday 16 January 2019

Dementia Australia is very concerned to learn of further reported instances of the misuse of anti-psychotics and restraints in residential aged care as shown by ABC 7.30 today.

Monday 14 January 2019

Developing and managing a care plan for people living with dementia is a shared responsibility between health and aged care organisations.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said it provides an opportunity to demonstrate clinical leadership and evidence based practice in all aspects of care including minimising the use of antipsychotic medications and other forms of restraint.