"Greater Dubbo" is one of two Australian sites chosen for a trial aimed at helping people living with dementia get the services and information they need.
Dementia Australia will run the Dementia Care Navigator Trial in Dubbo and district until June 2020.
A specialised support worker, or "navigator", has been appointed. Sharon Doyle will conduct seminars and provide individual support to people in Dubbo, Narromine, Trangie, Condobolin, Tullamore, Trundle, Tottenham, Warren and Wellington.
Dementia Australia chief executive officer Maree McCabe said navigating available dementia and aged care support services could be confusing and difficult.
"That's because everyone's needs are different," she said.
"Having a dedicated support person who can provide tailored information and assist to navigate what can be a very complex system to get to the right services is so important.
"When people get a diagnosis of dementia it can be very confronting and we know accessing support and services as early as possible can make an enormous and life-changing difference."
The Dementia Care Navigator Trial is also being conducted in Perth. It is part of the Aged Care Navigators Trial led by COTA Australia and funded by the federal government.
Dementia Australia reports that the Aged Care Navigators Trial is "testing different types of services and activities" to help people learn more about government-supported aged care programs, and how to access them.
"There are 62 trial sites in Australia across many different locations and population groups," Ms McCabe said.
"Regional and rural centres, such as a Dubbo, have been chosen to ensure there is adequate representation from all areas across Australia."
In 2018 an estimated 3300 people in the Parkes electorate were living with dementia, among 149,000 in NSW.
In the absence of a medical breakthrough, the NSW figure may rise to 345,000 by 2058.
The trial is based at the Dementia Australia Dubbo office, which has relocated to 2 McGrane Place.
To make an appointment or find out more, call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or go to dementia.org.au/support/services-and-programs/dementia-care-navigator.