Our Advocacy

 Towards a dementia-friendly New Zealand

One of Alzheimers New Zealand's core goals is to create a dementia-friendly New Zealand, a nation that caters well for the many thousands of people who are - and who will be affected by dementia.

As part of working towards this goal, we focus on four key streams of work:

  • Strengthening the voice of people affected by dementia
  • Supporting people affected by dementia to live well
  • Lifting the quality of care and support
  • Building resources, readiness and capability

At Alzheimers New Zealand, we advocate nationally on behalf of people affected by dementia - that's two out of three New Zealander's, and many thousands more will develop the condition over the next 30 years.

This will create significant challenges for families and for New Zealand as a whole. Dementia is one of our nation's biggest healthcare challenges and it will have major personal, societal and fiscal impacts on the years ahead.

This is why the work of Alzheimers New Zealand is so important. Our focus on people - on actively advocating for and supporting people living with dementia - is central to our mission.

One of our primary tasks is to provide high level policy advice and to ensure government, policy makers, key influencers and the country as a whole, know about the issues associated with the growing dementia burden - and the solutions to those challenges.

We are assisted by our consumer advisory group, and our professional, evidence-based approach to developing policy is why we are so well regarded by government and sector stakeholders. 

Ours is an organisation with a national voice that can proudly say it is making a real difference to those people we care about most - those New Zealanders affected by dementia.

Preparing for the 2017 Election: Making dementia a priority

With the upcoming NZ Election in September, now is the time to ensure dementia is a priority for the NZ government. Over the coming months, we'll be meeting with political parties, hosting events and continuing our advocacy work. 

View our Election Briefing documents which provide details on the impacts of dementia, and our calls to the government. 

Also check out our suggestions of how you can use the briefing to raise awareness of dementia with your local candidates. 

Responses to the challenge of dementia in NZ

Pre-election political debate: Wednesday 2 August 2017

Representatives from major political parties will put forward their responses for addressing the growing dementia challenge in NZ. You are invited to attend the debate at 5.30pm Wednesday 2 August at the James Cook Grand Chancellor on The Terrace, Wellington. RSVP your attendance to comms@alzheimers.org.nz.

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