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September is Dementia Awareness Month. Dementia Awareness Month is the national flagship month for Alzheimer's Australia's community awareness activities. There will be events and activities held around the country to broaden understanding of dementia-friendly communities during Dementia Awareness Month.

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Can Do Musos – Disability Musicians 



A Can-Do Muso is a musician with challenges who is very passionate about their music.


Can Do Muso’s was established to promote and support musicians with disabilities from all over the world. 



Mission Statement


Can Do Muso’s want to provide guidance and hope to all musicians with challenges. Music is empowering and has no limitations and everyone should have a chance at their dreams.


Having a “Can Do attitude” is the first step toward success!


Andrew Hewitt presented at last year’s DTA conference and is doing so again this year.





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NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.





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The OzHealth App available on the Apple (IOS) platform has recently been updated to include the latest statistics and information from the Australia's health 2014 report.

Features include:
• Fact sheet format exploring different topics 
• User favourites page, enabling

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea www.biggestmorningtea.com.au This website allows you to register your event, donate, be inspired through the...

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Two websites that link into this month’s journal article are the University of Wollongong http://globalchallenges.uow.edu.au/living/UOW182473 ...

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Information Kit and details of the newly developed site, the Great Australian Story. http://www.greataustralianstory.com.au It is open for anyone to write and share to it, and as we are just starting to reach out it would be a great help if you are able to distribute it to people in your network and beyond, we would love to include their stories.

The attached Introduction addresses most questions, but the story guidelines are: 
1. Written by an Australian about a real-life experience.
2. The stories to be presented in a story-telling context ie a personal perspective. 
3. Up to 1800 words.

The main points are the authors retain

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This month’s web watch was submitted by our behind the scenes man Scott Holmes. The web link goes into an article on A recent research study which found that those suffering from moderate to severe dementia did particularly well singing show tunes from movies and musicals. 

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Outdoors Families Magazine

This magazine has had its first release. The magazine is collaborative effort to engage everyone to participate in a life spent outside. Each month there will be new stories or you are welcome to contribute your own. They have 37 outdoor industry leaders and educators on board across the globe. They also have a facebook page to participate in discussions as well.

The Idea Box

A activity website that can be used for all ages it includes craft, cooking, music, games and seasonal activities. 

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Australia Day is more than just a public holiday. Whether you’re in the city, on the coast or in a regional area, there are lots of events that celebrate everything that’s great about being Australian. 

The main link provided is based in NSW followed by all the relevant state and territory information. 

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