Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander groups

Alzheimer's Australia is committed to ensuring that the needs of people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are met in all aspects of service provision, information, support and education.

Alzheimer's Australia aims to improve equity in access to services and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia and their carers through consultation and an all of life approach to risk reduction and successful ageing.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) provides Alzheimer's Australia with ongoing consultation and advice to improve services and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Background

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) was established in 2006 as a result of a two-day National Indigenous Dementia Workshop held in Adelaide.

Over 30 participants attended the workshop to discuss whether the issue of dementia was a sufficient priority for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to take action and to determine what that action might be.

The attendees agreed that dementia needed to be addressed to enhance community Elder’s capacity to age successfully into the future.

The report from this workshop can be read here: ‘Beginning the Conversation: Addressing Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities’.

The participants of the workshop nominated six key action areas which the NATSIDAG continues to target:

  1. Community Awareness and Prevention,
  2. Care and Support,
  3. Research,
  4. Diagnosis, Referral and Treatment,
  5. Workforce Issues and
  6. Partnerships and Collaborations.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG)

Vision

Improving equity and access to culturally safe services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia, their carers and families, and community using a wellness approach to successful ageing.

Terms of reference

For further information about National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) contact Dewi-Inala Zulkefli on dewi.zulkefli@alzheimers.org.au or (03) 9816 5780.


Related information

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Group (NATSIDAG) was initiated from a National Consultation, and paper Beginning the Conversation- addressing Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities in November 2006.

Want to find out more, download the paper Beginning the Conversation now!


Resources and publications

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources.