Act now for a dementia-friendly future

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Dementia impacts more than 400,000 Australians.

This week (18 – 24 September 2023) is Dementia Action Week, a national awareness-raising campaign to challenge common misconceptions about dementia.

This year’s theme is ‘Act Now for a Dementia-Friendly Future’, and is all about building awareness and acceptance of dementia.

Dementia can impact anyone – a family member, a neighbour, a colleague. For people living with dementia, performing daily tasks and maintaining social networks can sometimes be challenging.

This is why building communities in which people living with dementia feel understood, accepted and included is so important.

A dementia-friendly community means:

  • less fear and more understanding of what dementia means
  • less stigma and discrimination
  • people living with dementia are supported to live well.

How to get involved

For more information

National Dementia Action Plan – summary of consultation outcomes report released

Earlier this year the department sought your feedback on a consultation paper to inform the development of a new National Dementia Action Plan. This is a joint initiative between the Australian Government and state and territory governments and will put people living with dementia, their families and carers at the centre of all action on dementia.

A report on the outcomes of the consultation has been released, which summarises feedback on key elements of the consultation paper. To view the report and find out what we heard, visit the department’s website.

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The changes mean older Australians will have greater choice and control, services that respect and meet their needs, and support to stay independent as they age.

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