Dementia currently affects more than 332,000 Australians and is the second leading cause of death in Australia with no cure. Victoria had approximately 96,789 people living with dementia in 2016, with 4 of the 7 eastern region local government areas ranked within the top 10 in regards to prevalence of dementia in 2016: Monash (3), Whitehorse (4), Boroondara (5), and Manningham (10) (NATSEM 2016).
The Journey Begins
In 2016, a working group formed to pilot a dementia friendly community project in Forest Hill, located within the City of Whitehorse. Key partners are the Inner East Primary Care Partnership, City of Whitehorse and Carrington Health.
Forest Hill has:
- a high proportion of older residents with 13.9% of people aged 70-84yrs & 4.3% of people aged 85 years and over (City of Whitehorse, Community Demographics, Fact Sheet 9-Older Adults)
- is in close proximity to potential project partners such as Carrington Health, Uniting AgeWell Strathdon Community, and Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre
- and has an estimated 1,380 people currently living with dementia (Alzheimers Australia 2016, Prevalence by Victorian State Electoral District).
The aim is to work together to create a community where people living with dementia feel supported to participate in their local community and live their life in the way they choose.
The project will involve people with dementia, their family and carers with the aim of developing an alliance in the future to guide the work.
Phase one of building a dementia friendly community in Forest Hill involved consultation with the general community and people living with dementia and their family and carers. You can learn about what we found here: Consultation Summary
If you would like to be involved in the project, please complete the Expression of Interest form