This website was initially developed by the Illawarra Dementia Services Network to support the local community of people with dementia and their carers. The project originated with a University of Wollongong Community Engagement Grant (2011) in partnership with the Illawarra Forum and the Illawarra Dementia Services Network (DSN). A number of members described the need to have a central online public information source that was shared with other stakeholders such as health professionals working in this sector and the community.
With the support of a grant from the University of Wollongong Global Challenges Program, the website has grown to provide a portal of key information, contacts and links for people living with dementia in the Illawarra as well as their carers. We hope the website will continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of people living with dementia, their carers and health professionals.