WHO ARE Dementia Australia?
Dementia Australia are “a unified, national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.”
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 “436,366 Australians living with dementia and almost 1.5 million Australians involved in their care.”
Dementia Australia has a vision of being “a leader in the prevention of dementia, while valuing and supporting people living with dementia.”
WHAT DO THEY DO?
advocate on behalf of their consumers and represent their interests at a national level to the Commonwealth Government and with organisations that have similar interests;
coordinate national projects, promotion and policy advice to Government; and
disseminate information about all forms of dementia and dementia research.
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?
Dementia Australia are a legally registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. They show basic indicators of trustworthiness; they describe how they are governed and are transparent with their finances. Similarly, they demonstrate that they might be effective; Dementia Australia describe their mission and activities in depth, are clear about their achievements, and present a strategic plan.
However, I need further information before I can recommend them with confidence. To build trustworthiness, I would like to see more on how they manage conflicts of interest; how the organisation is structured (who makes up the executive team and staffing body), and; how funding is allocated across different program streams. To demonstrate their effectiveness, I would like to know if/how they are evaluating the success of each program stream.
After assessing both their strengths and their weaknesses, my recommendation for Dementia Australia is neutral. They demonstrate that they are somewhat trustworthy and effective, but I need further assurances before being able to recommend them with confidence.
In order to improve my confidence with Dementia Australia, I would like to see:
a policy that outlines how they manage conflicts of interest;
more on how the organisation is structured (who makes up the executive team and staffing body);
a breakdown of how funding is allocated across different program streams; and
more on how they are evaluating the success of each program stream.
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.
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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 our evaluation.