Dementia Friendly Communities


A group of organisations and community members is working together to make Forest Hill a place where people living with dementia, and their family and friends, feel supported to participate in their community.

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 metropolitan 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).

Forest Hill Dementia Friendly Community

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, and people living with dementia and their carers. Phase one included extensive community consultation. Phase two is co-designing actions with people living with dementia, their family and carers.

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).

Become Involved

If you would like to learn more or support this work, please contact Sharon Porteous at IEPCP on (03) 8843 2254 or email:

You can also join the national campaign to become a dementia friend by completing a free online learning tool and increasing your understanding of dementia.


Title Date Type Author Files
DFC Forest Hill What we know

A brief summary of the findings from our community consultation about becoming a dementia friendly community.

02/01/2019 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
Dementia Friendly Community Resource Hub

Dementia Australia’s Dementia Friendly Communities resource hub with online training, resources and information.

02/01/2019 Link Dementia Australia
DFC Forest Hill Story

Provides an overview of the Forest Hill Dementia Friendly Community work.

02/01/2019 Document Inner East Primary Care Partnership
We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

Sign up to IEPCP E-News