Dementia Awareness Month: the latest news and events nationwide

The theme of Dementia Awareness Month is Creating a Dementia-Friendly Nation. The goal? To encourage Australians to become dementia-aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value.

Nationwide events 

Event: Global Action Against Dementia - Building a sustainable future 
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW has announced the details of the Dementia Awareness Month free public seminar with international guest speaker Ms. Gill Ayling (from the UK). The theme of Dementia Awareness Month is Creating Dementia-Friendly Communities, and Gill’s talk will provide insights into changing attitudes in the community about dementia, as well as case studies of dementia-friendly communities from the UK.

Location: Sydney - Dementia Awareness Month signature event - free public forum
Date: Tuesday, 1 September 2015 10am Registration; Session: 10:30am-12pm
Venue: NSW Parliament House – Theatrette, Macquarie St, Sydney, NSW  
Who should attend? General public, people with dementia, family, carers, service providers, businesses and local government representatives are invited to attend this lecture. 
RSVP: Bookings are essential. Click here to RSVP.


Event: DCRC Forum: ‘Science and Practice – The Big Questions’
The National Dementia Research & Knowledge Translation Forum is the ninth forum organised by the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, and 2015 is a two-day event on the theme ‘Science and Practice – The Big Questions’.
Day 1: focuses on “Knowledge Generators” - what are the latest dementia research findings?
Day 2: focuses on “Knowledge Users” - how is dementia research informing practice and policy?
The 2015 Forum promises to be a stimulating exchange for anyone with an interest in dementia. What are your big questions? Please share them as we plan the program.

Venue: The Wesley Conference Centre, 220 Pitt Street, Sydney
Date: Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th September 2015
RSVP: Bookings are essential. Click here to RSVP.

Event: Homelessness & dementia
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW in partnership with Homelessness NSW is hosting this seminar to raise awareness of dementia and cognitive decline among those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It aims to highlight the vulnerabilities of this population in terms of risk of dementia and increase understanding and learn more about:

  • recognising and supporting cognitive decline & encouraging risk reduction
  • understanding the diverse nature of homelessness
  • recognising and addressing barriers to service access & navigating support for people with complex care needs
  • connecting with services that are flexible and appropriate 

Tweed Heads, Homelessness & Dementia
Tuesday, 8 September 2015 9am-3pm
Venue: Tweed Civic Centre Auditorium, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485

Orange, Homelessness & Dementia
Thursday, 10 September 2015 9am-3pm
Venue: Environmental Learning Facility, Orange Showground, Orange NSW 2800
RSVP: E: | T: (02) 8875 4682 

Event: Let's Talk About Sex Conference 2015 Melbourne: Alzheimer’s Australia VIC and COTA
The inaugural Let’s Talk About Sex Conference aims to challenge many of the assumptions, taboos and stereotypes when it comes to older people and sexual intimacy. Alzheimer’s Australia Vic and COTA Victoria invite academics, health care professionals and policy makers, as well as older people and their carers to share their experiences and insights. 

Dates: 8 & 9 September 2015
Venue: Pullman on the Park, Melbourne
RSVP: Visit E: 


Event: Living Well, Dying Well Sydney: A BaptistCare Dementia Forum 
Service providers from across Australia are invited to register now for our one day dementia forum. Featuring inspirational programs and the latest research from industry experts, our annual forum will increase your understanding and knowledge of how to help people with dementia to live well and die well.  Dementia-Friendly Communities need Dementia- Friendly Buildings. . . but how do we recognise them? 

Date: Monday 14 September 2015
Time: 8.30am - 4pm (8.15am Registration & Refreshments)
Venue: Waterview, Bicentennial Drive, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
Cost: $99 + booking fee
RSVP: Click here to RSVP

Event: Discussion presented by Professor Richard Fleming 
Professor Richard Fleming will discuss:

  • What has been learned from 30 years of research on the design of residential environments for people with dementia
  • How to meet the challenges that we are facing
  • Finding ways to help people with dementia live outside of residential facilities
  • The steps that are being taken across the world to make our towns and cities more dementia friendly
  • The introduction of a brand new tool that will help us to recognise a dementia-friendly building when we see one and to identify those things that need to be improved in buildings that don't support people with dementia. 

Date: Friday, 25 September 2015
Venue: The Glasshouse, Clarence St, Port Macquarie
Time: 10:00am check in, tea and coffee; session: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: Free
RSVP: For more information visit 

Event: Dementia Strategy Summit Sydney
Building capacity and quality frameworks for complex needs in a consumer-directed era. Discover how to respond to the growing needs of Australians living with dementia at the ground-breaking Dementia Strategy Summit brought to you by Akolade, in conjunction with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. 

Dates: 27-29 October 2015
Venue: Pullman Quay Grand, Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour, Sydney
Cost: For more information please visit 
Who should attend?: Health care professionals from residential aged care providers and home and community care providers.
RSVP: To find out more contact T: 02 9247 6000 E: or Click here.

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