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.

Please send your story and accompanying photo to dementiafriendly@dementia.org.au 

Around Australia

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


 

Festival fever helps Byron Bay become more dementia-friendly

Pictured: Jenni and Karen from the Byron Shire project, with photo credit to Aslan Shand from The Echo Newspaper

Byron Bay and the surrounding shire are renowned for their festivals, and a local health provider has used this as an opportunity to spread the word about dementia. 

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‘I Am Here’ - Alchemy Chorus sings for inclusiveness and acceptance

Where would you have found 80 excited singers, a cheery conductor, an audience of 300, a bunch of friendly politicians (put on the spot with toy trombones), two very accomplished musicians on keyboard, a super-cool bass player, a member of the Dementia Australia Board, a sumptuous morning tea spread thrown in, and all on a chilly Saturday morning? 

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Creating an 'any-time' dementia-friendly café in Forest Hill in Melbourne

The Forest Hill Dementia-Friendly Community Group has connected people and resources across the Forest Hill suburb in Melbourne to work towards an ‘any-time’ dementia-friendly café. 

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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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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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