Currently, we have about 300,000 people living in Australia with dementia and because of the aging of our population, by 2050 that'll be almost a million people. Hi, my name is Lynne Phillipson. I'm an NHMRC Dementia fellow. If we're going to make a community more dementia-friendly, it's not going to be something that happens because of a single person or because of a single discipline. A program like Global Challenges was really important to address a complex sticky problem like improving a community environment. We need to be able to work with researchers and people with expertise about how we engage the community members, how we work to improve knowledge and attitudes around dementia. So the disciplines that we engaged to help us see if we could make Kiama dementia-friendly were engineering, psychologists and designers, human geographers and public health researchers.
My name is Richard Fleming. I'm a Professorial Fellow here in the School of Nursing at the University of Wollongong. My speciality is Environmental Design for people with dementia. So within the dementia-friendly communities project, I've been working on developing a way of evaluating public buildings. One of the real strengths of this project