Communities in action

Alzheimer’s Australia is working with a number of pilot dementia-friendly communities

More information about each pilot community is below.

Around Australia

Our First Steps booklet, has some examples of dementia-friendly communities around Australia.


Alzheimer’s Australia, Kiama Municipal Council and the University of Wollongong are working together to make Kiama dementia friendly. There are five key activities in this pilot. These are:

  1. Listening to what is important for people living with dementia in the Kiama community
  2. Establishing a Local Dementia Alliance that will work together to make Kiama dementia friendly
  3. Supporting local organisations and businesses to become dementia friendly through testing the Guidelines for Dementia friendly organisations in Kiama
  4. Raising awareness about dementia across the community
  5. Working with organisations to promote volunteering, employment and social engagement opportunities for people with dementia

Read a project update about the Kiama pilot.

Free training for Dementia Friends.

Activity Group & Peer Support.

Get Involved! Attend a dementia education session.

If you have any other questions or want to tell us about actions happening in your community, please contact

The Kiama dementia-friendly community pilot is being supported by a grant from the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Project. 

Port Macquarie, NSW

Port Macquarie is on its way to becoming a dementia friendly community with: a clear sense of urgency, a united team of influential local people, a vision for what they want to achieve, ongoing communication of that vision to a broad range of people, identified areas that need to change and having success with these, successes promoted to the community, and a plan for ongoing action informed by extensive consultation with people with dementia.

The NSW MP for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams, undertook a study tour of the UK and Ireland and returned with a desire to make Port Macquarie dementia-friendly. In December 2013, Leslie formed a Steering Committee comprised of people and organisations who were interested in supporting this vision and making things happen. Alzheimer’s Australia NSW conducted focus groups with people with dementia and their carers to understand what needed to improve and areas of good practice already in place. This information helped the Steering Committee focus their efforts, develop a plan and quickly achieve success. The local media has been very supportive in telling the story of the project and the good things that are happening within Port Macquarie.

The Steering Committee continues to work on items on their plan and engage with people with dementia and their carers to know whether it is making a difference in their lives and to identify new actions to be added to the plan. If you would like to know more about what Port Macquarie has done and how you can learn from their approach, read Port Macquarie: Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community.

For more information and tips on how to create a Dementia-Friendly Community, read A Guide to Becoming a Dementia-Friendly Community