Who are Dementia Australia?
Dementia Australia is “the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. Their purpose is to transform the experience of people impacted by dementia by elevating their voices and inspiring excellence in support and care free from discrimination.”
They are a registered Australian charity. Their ABN is 79625582771.
WHY DO THEY EXIST?
According to Dementia Australia, dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians and the leading cause of death of women in Australia. There are “447,115 Australians living with dementia and almost 1.5 million Australians involved in their care.”
Dementia Australia have a vision of “an inclusive future where all people impacted by dementia receive the care and support they choose.”
WHAT DO THEY DO?
work with individuals and families, all levels of government, and other key stakeholders to ensure that people of all ages with all types of dementia, as well as their families and carers, are appropriately supported – at work, at home (including residential aged care) or in their local community
advocate for those impacted by dementia and provide input on policy matters and identify service gaps
collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, technology experts and providers
provide support services, education and information aimed at addressing the gaps in mainstream services.
Dementia Australia deliver the following national dementia programs and services funded by the Commonwealth.
The National Dementia Helpline
Early intervention programs such Living with Memory Loss
The National Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker program
Dementia and Memory Community Centres
Carer support groups
Education for family carers
Public awareness activities
A national resources program
HOW DO THEY EARN THEIR MONEY?
HOW DO THEY SPEND THEIR MONEY?
Should I Donate to Dementia Australia?
We believe that it is likely that your donation to Dementia Australia will be used as stated, that is, “to transform the experience of people impacted by dementia.”
We believe that Dementia Australia is likely to be trustworthy. It is clear who the charity is run by and how donations are used. Their financial model is presented. They show where donations go. It is clear who is in charge. Roles are described and performance is monitored. They have basic measures in place to prevent the misuse of funds.
Dementia Australia also demonstrate that they are likely to be effective. It is clear what they do and the benefit they deliver. They present overarching goals broken into strategic themes. They show the activities that they have delivered and results from the last financial year. Finally, they indicate that they try to understand their effectiveness.
However, in order for us to have complete confidence they are using money for its intended purpose, we recommend Dementia Australia present:
their policy for managing conflicts of interest
further detail on how they evaluate their effectiveness.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
We have looked into the finances, operations and results of Dementia Australia and present our evaluation in a report that you can download now. This evaluation shows you how your donation is spent, who is running the organisation and if there are any potential conflicts of interest. It also looks into whether the charity can demonstrate they are delivering meaningful results. Finally, it contains our recommendation on if you should donate to them and why.
Download our complete evaluation of Dementia Australia below to find out if they're the charity for you.
Find out whether Dementia Australia is the charity for you. In this evaluation we describe what this charity does and why, what you should know about them, how your money is spent, who is running the organisation and whether they deliver results. Last of all, we recommend whether you should donate to them based on the findings of our analysis.
 Dementia Australia Annual Report 2017–18