Connecting Peers is one-to-one peer support for people impacted by dementia


Thank you for your interest in Peer Support.  

Peer support is one of the most powerful and empowering forms of support available; it's an opportunity to be heard and understood by someone who has experienced similar circumstances.

Dementia Australia's peer support program Connecting Peers:

  • Is delivered by volunteers
  • Brings people together with similar experiences and interests
  • Connects participants by phone or Zoom
  • Is the only program of its type in Australia

Volunteer as a Peer Leader

Peer Leaders are living with dementia - or have experience as a carer of someone living with dementia - a good ear and lots of empathy. The minimum time commitment is just one hour per month over six months to make a call to your peer.  

There are many reasons why someone might become a Peer Leader: to help others on a similar path; to give back to the community; or to honor a loved one.

Here's a quick video of Peer Leader, Dominique, explaining her reasons for joining the program:

Dominique: I'm doing this in honor of my dad

Peer Leader, Ann, who is living with dementia, says she 'gets more than she gives' from being a Peer Leader:

Ann: 'I get more than I give'

Completion of a short online induction course is required, plus an Australian Criminal History Check, funded by Dementia Australia.

Once you submit your application, you will receive an automatic email with links to the online training. A member of the Peer Support team will be in touch soon after to talk about next steps. 

Click the Fill in an application button in the top right hand corner of this page to get started. 

Or are you newly diagnosed with dementia - or new to a carer role - and would like to speak with a Peer Leader for support?

Please click Here to complete a short application form to tell us about you and your situation. A member of our team will then contact you to talk abut next steps. 

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