Dementia-friendly communities in action

Dementia Australia is working on a number of pilot dementia-friendly community projects

More information about each pilot can be found below.

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Around Australia

Our First Steps booklet contains some examples of dementia-friendly communities from around Australia.


Dementia Australia grant helps Shoalhaven region become dementia-friendly

The Shoalhaven region, south of Sydney, has become an example of how communities can become more inclusive.

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Port Macquarie gets artistic with a Dementia-Friendly Communities boost

Last financial year, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council received a $15,000 Community Engagement Program grant from Dementia Australia to create a year-long series of dementia-friendly activities, themed around the change of seasons and focused on building greater community awareness, acceptance and understanding of dementia.

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East Metropolitan Health Service dementia-friendly plans recognised by Dementia Australia

East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) has officially been recognised as a ‘Working Towards Dementia-Friendly Organisation’ by Dementia Australia. EMHS is the first metropolitan health service in Australia to be given this recognition. 

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A shopping experience to remember – Westfield Tuggerah implements ‘Quiet Hour’

Forty retailers at Westfield Tuggerah are now participating in Quiet Hour every week. Read more

Creating dementia-friendly swimming experiences

Physical activity will become easier for people living with dementia, with access for tailored swimming classes in Adelaide. 

ACH Group in Adelaide is working with State Swim to create dementia-friendly swimming classes and resources to help get people living with dementia more connected with others, get active, and have some fun. 

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Linked in businesses focus on being dementia-friendly

Businesses across the Adelaide Hills are involved in a project to find ways to become more dementia-friendly. Led by the Adelaide Hills Council, a project team is exploring how to foster and promote tourism, social and retail destinations that are dementia-friendly.

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International recognition for dementia-friendly Kiama

Residents of Kiama, on the South Coast of New South Wales, have embraced the dementia-friendly concept, and their internationally-recognised model has recently been awarded a second Dementia Australia Community Engagement Program grant.  Read more

Songs of hope and inspiration in Canberra

Alchemy Chorus, Canberra’s dementia-inclusive choir gave the first of two public concerts for 2019 on April 13. Read more

Creating a Dementia-Friendly Brisbane: Community Forum Summary

On 2 April, Brisbane community members came together at the Queensland Brain Institute to learn about dementia and how Brisbane can work towards becoming more dementia-friendly.  

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Market Day

Dementia Friend, Tom Wattison is currently completing a Certificate 4 i

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Dementia Australia Bendigo and Treehouse-Kyneton District Health

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Community Industry Group News - Dementia Friends

From the Community Industry Group eNewsletter on 4th December 2018

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