Kiama Municipal Council, NSW, for Kiama Dementia Friendly Project—Transcript

[Music plays and text appears: National Awards for Local Government. Kiama Dementia Friendly Project, Kiama Municipal Council, NSW, Disability Access and Inclusion. Category Winner]

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Millions upon millions of people already live with dementia, but in many regards we are still approaching the issue of dementia.

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There is a global movement to try and build dementia friendly communities, which really means communities that have both a physical environment and a social environment that support people with dementia to participate in community life.

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We've been running a lot of community education sessions, both in terms of just putting on some training sessions about general awareness about dementia,

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about how you can support an individual who has dementia.

It appears the most valuable part of our project is the involvement of people with dementia at the heart of the project.

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We need to move away from this model where the professionals have all the answers, because we're addressing the social in particular, and you know it's people with dementia who know what they need and what's going to support them.

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A recent publication by Alzheimer's Disease International has a quote where the Dementia Alliance International is nominating Kiama as the gold star globally in doing this work.

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We've been the facilitators, we haven't been the drivers. We've worked with our local Advisory Group, and with our partners, whether they be organisations, residents; let them identify what is important and then we support pursuing that.

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Our goal has been to really lift that awareness of dementia, and the various pathways that people can travel to access both information, but support.

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And to have this national award, to be able to say, “See, we are doing great work,” it's not just about Council, it's about our community.

[Music plays and text appears: National Awards for Local Government. Kiama Dementia Friendly Project, Kiama Municipal Council, NSW, Disability Access and Inclusion. Category Winner]

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Last Updated: 27 June, 2016