Terms of reference for The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group (NATSIDAG) provides Alzheimer's Australia with ongoing consultation and advice.

Objective of NATSIDAG

To assist Alzheimer’s Australia and its member organisations develop a capacity to ensure dementia related information, programs and services are accessible, appropriate and well regarded by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and representative agencies. The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Strategy will provide the framework for the activities of The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group. 

Terms of Reference

That The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Dementia Advisory Group will;

  1. Provide advice and guidance to key stakeholders including Alzheimer’s Australia and its member organisations to consult with and develop partnerships with relevant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies to develop and implement programs consistent with the cultural requirements of the communities in which they are delivered.
  2. Provide advice on dementia related research and successful ageing that addresses the social and cultural requirements of diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, groups and communities.
  3. Develop principles to underpin best practice, training and care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families affected by dementia.
  4. Implement and evaluate select programs and resources to raise community awareness and reduce the risks of dementia.
  5. In partnership with Alzheimer’s Australia promote the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through developing partnerships and supporting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers to advocate the efforts of the organisation in the field.
  6. Develop ways to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family carers, extended families and community to access education, resources and support to maintain their own health and quality of life.