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National Dementia Conference
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Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care

Dates for 2021 TBC

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Over the past 11 years, the National Dementia Conference has grown to become a critical national platform for medical professionals, carers, researchers, aged-care workers, and policy makers involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of people living with dementia.

The comprehensive, two-day program will bring together a host of leading experts to discuss best-practice strategies and initiatives for improving quality person-centered care across multiple settings, and will also detail the latest research, therapies and treatments, innovation, and technologies from around the world. The 2020 event presents a unique opportunity to explore what’s possible and embrace change.

Don’t miss this exceptional networking opportunity and chance to share your ideas, knowledge, and experience with leaders from across the sector.

Key topics to include:

  • Transforming dementia practice
  • Building the dementia capability of the Aged Care workforce
  • Dementia, Delirium and Depression and how to avoid misdiagnoses
  • Dementia in rural communities
  • Predictive cognitive decline and diagnosing dementia
  • Accessibility to the NDIS & Aged Care Scheme
  • Best practice for supporting people in their own home
  • Supporting family/carers of people with dementia
  • Younger Onset dementia
  • Legal issues in dementia
  • Dementia and Indigenous populations
  • Latest research
  • The use and abuse of medication in dementia
  • The Royal Commission on Aged Care – what’s next?
  • Getting the Quality of Care
  • Ethical decision-making in established dementia

With the health and safety of our delegates, speakers and staff as our top priority, the National Dementia Conference 2020 will now run as a Virtually delivered event.

You will still have access to the same great content, hear from leading experts, unique networking and business development opportunities with key decisions makers including the ability to directly ask questions and engage virtually all from the safety and comfort of your own home or workplace. If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Service team on 02 9080 4307 or email:


Professor John Pollaers OAM

Executive Chairman, Leef Independent Living Solutions and Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology

Dr David Sykes

Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

Polly Devine

Chief Executive Officer, MOYOLA Aged Care Inc.

Dr PK Loh

Adjunct Assoc Prof, Edith Cowan University

Professor Dimity Pond

Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle

Dr John Roth

Cathy Roth OAM

National Chairman, PALZ – Professionals Living with Alzheimer's and related diseases

A/Prof Michele Callisaya

NHMRC Boosting Dementia Leadership Fellow, Monash University

Eileen Taylor

Living with Dementia

Dubhglas Taylor

Carer for Eileen Taylor

Nicole Ledger

Nurse Unit Manager, Acute Geriatric Ward, Shoalhaven Hospital

Garrie O’Toole

Dementia Consultant and Facilitator, Dementia Australia

Dr Abraham Kuot

Research Fellow & Project Manager for the 'Harmony in the Bush' Dementia Study, Flinders University Rural Health South Australia, College of Medicine & Public Health University

Gregg JJ Murray

Remote Care Coordinator, Kimberley Aged Care Services, Kimberley Aged and Community Services, WA Country Health Services

A/Prof Juanita Breen PhD MSc(Dist) BPharm GradDipComPracPharm

Associate Professor of Dementia Studies & Research, Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University of Tasmania

Ms Alison Davis

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Mrs Jayne Littledike

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Paul Yates

Deputy Director of Aged Care Research, Austin Health

Professor Kon Mouzakis

Co-Director of the Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) and Director of the ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hub for Digital Enhanced Living, Deakin University

Sharonne Pearce

Dementia and Mental Health Practice Lead, Scalabrini Village LTD

Professor Peter Garrard

Neurologist, St George's, University of London

Scott Taylor

CEO & Co-Founder, Perx Health

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty

Co-Director for the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney

A/Prof Yen Ying Lim

The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University and Primary Investigator, The Healthy Brain Project

A/Prof Scott Ayton

Head of the Translational Neurodegeneration Laboratory, Deputy Director, Melbourne Dementia Research Centre, University of Melbourne, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

Dr Meredith Gresham

Research Fellow CHeBA, UNSW, Sydney. Coordinator, the COGNISANCE Project


Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

9:00 am

OPENING | Dr David Sykes, Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia


9:10 am

Eileen was diagnosed at aged 59 with Alzheimer’s and unable to receive NDIS as the scheme was currently unavailable in her area. Once the NDIS became available, Eileen was then deemed too old to meet the criteria for NDIS and was put onto the Aged Care Scheme, but this provided them with less support. Eileen and Dubhglas will share their experience of navigating the NDIS & the Aged Care Scheme


9:45 am

  • The current upheaval in Alzheimer’s research and how the main theory of cause is now much more complicated than originally thought
  • Challenging the last 20 years of Alzheimer’s research
  • The myths around Amyloid – is this just a marker or a cause
  • Where do we go from here? What is the cause? What’s next with the research?

10:20 am

  • How can this be done quickly and efficiently for early detection?
  • Can education help with recognising symptoms and how do we educate families?
  • What is the new research within this scope?
  • Standardising the journey from a memory clinic – how do we overcome this?

11:00 am

Stretch & Networking Break


11:25 am

  • What our approach should to be building the dementia capability of the aged care workforce
  • How to ensure that education is applied
  • Creating dementia practice leaders

12:45 pm

Lunch and Networking Break

2:20 pm

  • Best practice, person centred care
  • The shift from a traditional model of aged care to one that consistently and sustainably supported our vision
  • Inclusive and innovate change management approach
  • The ‘Birch Pathway’


2:50 pm

  • Provide information on system of delivery of memory clinic services to rural & remote areas.
  • Consider challenges of metro memory clinics which concurrently delivers outreach clinics over very long distances – example of Broome
  • How technology can help deliver memory clinics.
  • Range of memory clinic services in a large sparsely populated state.

3:20 pm

Stretch & Afternoon Tea Break

3:40 pm

  • KACS role and experiences and how this works in the community
  • Lived stories from people living with dementia, their carers/family on country
  • Revisiting the Community Care Workers and what they do on the ground in their Communities
  • How the Community Care Workers partner with Alzheimer’s WA / Dementia Support Australia and Clinics Allied Health

4:10 pm

  • Holistic Care Planning: clinical, functional health – all individually important
  • Care givers and care giver stress and strategies for carer inclusion
  • Improving support for people with dementia and their carers in various settings
  • The challenge around workforce planning and the provision around homecare and the issues are interfaces
  • The role of the carers and the aged care workforce

4:45 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

Dr David Sykes, Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

4:50 pm


Agenda timing is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT)

9:00 am

Opening Remarks from the Morning Chair

Paul Yates, Deputy Director of Aged Care Research, Austin Health


9:10 am

  • Social, intellectual, and environmental stimulation for dementia diagnosees through high-powered Board room presentations – who benefits? (Cathy Roth)
  • The impacts on diagnosees (John Roth)
  • From pilot to international: Taking PALZ to communities – the Why and How? (Cathy Roth)
  • You can play a significant role!
  • What’s next for PALZ?

9:45 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS| The Importance of Socialisation for People to Prevent Dementia, for People who have Dementia and in the time of Corona

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty, Co-Director for the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney


10:10 am

  • How do we select the right drug to deprescribe?
  • Creating person centred care and creating a smooth interdisciplinary journey
  • The role of the Royal Commission and what we have learnt. What’s next? What needs to be done? How can we do this best?
  • Does the workforce have the specific knowledge to dealing with behavioural problems? How can we work together to improve this?

11:05 am

Stretch & Networking Break


11:25 am

Walking is usually taken for granted as a simple and automatic daily function. However, this presentation will outline:

  • How walking is dependent on several brain networks functioning effectively together
  • Specific walking characteristics as biomarkers of cognitive decline
  • Implementing dual-task gait assessments into a memory clinic

12:00 pm

  • How we can detect Alzheimer’s disease earlier the diagnostic marker of language and the reliability behind this
  • How this can provide a window into the pre-symptomatic phase unlike any other marker


12:30 pm

Lunch and Networking Break

1:30 pm

Opening Remarks from the Afternoon Chair

A/Prof Yen Ying Lim, The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University and Primary Investigator, The Healthy Brain Project

1:40 pm

CASE STUDY | Leading the Way to Excellence in Palliative and Dementia Care: Dementia Australia's Nightingale Programme

Ms Alison Davis, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Mrs Jayne Littledike, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program


3:35 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

A/Prof Yen Ying Lim, The Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health, School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University and Primary Investigator, The Healthy Brain Project




Packages Price
2020 On-Demand Access$350+GST

Important • Virtual Pass bookings

For Virtual Pass bookings, please read below before proceeding:

  • All delegate registrations must use their own email address to ensure each delegate receives a unique password to join the digital event. You cannot use one email for multiple profiles.
  • The flash sale rate is only for new attendees and current bookings cannot be amended to the flash sale rate
  • If your company is not based in Australia, check the GST box on the next page as you are not required to pay GST.

Special rate available for people with dementia, their family and carers. Please contact for more information.

Virtually Delivered Event

How our digital platform provides a sophisticated and intuitive digital conference experience

The National Dementia Conference is now a digitally delivered event which provides an online platform which is not only a learning experience but a high-quality networking opportunity that encourages valuable interactions between attendees and their existing/potential customers and suppliers. This digital conference is hosted on a sophisticated, fully interactive platform that encourages communication through instant chat and video meetings. This event has a longer life span, having access to the excellent networking capabilities for one month after, but also access to the quality content after the event.

If you have any questions about the digital delivery, please contact to find out more.

See below a quick 3-minute video that showcases how the virtual platform works:


2020 Dementia Learning Guide

What does dementia feel like?
In Australia 342,000 people are living with Dementia – a pervasive collection of symptoms including memory loss, confusion and apathy. Read more >>

A new therapeutic for Alzheimer’s is imminent – what is it and what will it mean?
An ageing population could see global cases of dementia and its major form Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) almost double every twenty years. Read more >>

when & where

15 - 16 Oct 2021

Virtually Delivered Event


Still have a question?

Katrina Bowns
Conference Producer
+61 (02) 9080 4026

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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