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.


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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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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New standards call for dementia-friendly design

The design of a building can change the way

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Dementia Australia and Dementia Alliance International to globally champion rights of people living with dementia

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Queensland State Archives Memory Lounge opens

A new dementia-friendly space at QSA was opened by Ms Sandra Nugent, Dementia Australia Regional Director of Western Australia and Queensland, this morning.

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'She Wears My Ring' - A Carer Story by Imelda Gilmore

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Kyneton District Health recently named a ‘Dementia Friendly Organisation’

Kyneton District Health was recently named a ‘Dementia Friendly Organisation’ and the lovely ladies at the Treehouse couldn’t be happier!

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A thank-you to the good people of Ballarat

PHOTO: GRATEFUL: Anne Tudor, pictured with Edie Mayhew, says Ballarat is well on its way to becoming a dementia-friendly city.

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