DAI’s May Webinar: The Kiama DFC Project update

Today, for the fourth day supporting Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week, we are publishing the recording of our May Webinar. This was an update on the progress of the Kiama Dementia Friendly Communities initiative, including its successes and challenges, and fits Scotlands theme of a better word for people with dementia and their families, by make sure nobody faces dementia alone.

Thanks again to our three presenters for giving up their time and expertise to support the global dementia community, and out DAI members and their families.

The Kiama Dementia-friendly Project has been at the forefront of placing people living with dementia at centre stage in the ‘dementia-friendly communities’ movement. The project’s Advisory Group (made up exclusively of people living with dementia and/or their care partners) from the start identified the priority issues that needed to be tackled and the way they should be tackled. A partnership project between the University of Wollongong, Kiama Council and Dementia Australia, the project has used participatory action research to measure its impact. 

To date, this initiative is the only one to have been recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Challenges & successes in improving the dementia-friendly features of a small community and their replicability to other communities.”

Presented by:

Dr Lyn Phillipson: NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellow, School of Health and Society | Faculty of Social Sciences and Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong NSW 2522 Australia.

Dennis Frost: Chair Southern Dementia Advisory Group, Member Dementia Australia Dementia Friendly Communities Advisory Group & Dementia Advisory Committee

Nick Guggisberg: Manager Community & Cultural Development, Kiama Municipal Council.