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National Dementia Conference

National Dementia Conference Australia aims to improve the outcomes for people living with dementia and their families, caretakers & service providers.

15-16 May 2018 | Rendezvous Melbourne

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Now in its 9th year, the National Dementia Conference has become a crucial national gathering for health professionals from a range of settings (i.e. acute, allied health, residential aged care, community health etc), carers, researchers, aged care workers and policy makers involved in the care of people living with dementia. The conference brings together senior level experts to network and discuss the challenges, opportunities and strategies for dementia care and provides a unique platform for sharing experiences and exploring examples of best practice.

The agenda features high level keynotes, in-depth presentations, interactive panel discussions and Q&A sessions which will explore new research, effective dementia care initiatives, emerging technologies, ongoing funding, developments in staff education, and overall improvements to supporting people living with dementia, their carers and families and service providers.



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Blog articles

Using non-thermal ultrasound procedures to treat Alzheimer’s disease
Neurological disorders such as dementia and its major form, Alzheimer’s disease, are an ongoing and increasing challenge for our ageing population. Sadly, the disorders remain incurable as there are limitations in existing treatments such as drugs and surgical therapies, due to their difficulty in accessing the brain. But thanks to the pioneering work of Professor Jürgen Götz… Read more >>

What does a person with dementia look like?
Dementia is a pervasive collection of symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, personality change, multi-sensory challenges, and apathy, caused by a number of disorders affecting the brain. But as renowned dementia advocate John Quinn describes, it is often the stigma surrounding the condition that can be more disabling than the condition itself. Read more >>

Younger Onset Dementia | Caroline Grogan, Centacare
Carers play a pivotal role in supporting people living with dementia and yet they often don’t receive enough support for what can be a very challenging responsibility. We hear from Caroline Grogan about what support community services can offer and their Younger Onset Dementia Program. Read more >>

Examining Communication Processes, Medication and Patient Safety
At this year’s National Dementia Conference, one crucial theme is emerging – the importance of person-centred approaches to care. We speak to accredited pharmacist Professor Elizabeth Manias from Deakin University about the importance of medication safety and effective communication processes in the care of older people living with dementia. Read more >>

Patient Centred Care | Speaker interview: Meagan Hartley, Robina Hospital Read more >>

The Geriatrician in Practice Project | Speaker interview: Karen Shepherd, Shoalhaven Hospital

Leah Bisiani: Improving the Lives of People Living with Dementia

Highlights of National Dementia Conference 2016

Providing Care and Support for People Living with Dementia

Maree McCabe: Dementia in Australia


Professor Jürgen Götz

Director of Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, QLD Brain Institute, University of QLD

Professor Susan Kurrle

Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Director, NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Clinical Director, Northern Sydney LHD Aged Care and Rehabilitation Network & Senior Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service

Associate Professor Chris Toye

Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University & Research Consultant, Centre for Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Meagan Hartley

Senior Occupational Therapist, Dementia Care (Dip). UTAS, Acute Care of Elderly (ACE) Unit, Queensland Health GCHHS (Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service)

Jayne Harris

Nursing Director Operations, Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Amanda Tuck

Clinical Practice Consultant, Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Sharon Lawrence

Site Senior Dietitian and Senior CHSP Dietitian, Lower Hunter Community Health Centre, Hunter New England Local Health District

Dr Elissa Burton

School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

Caroline Grogan

S.H.A.R.E. The Care Program Co-ordinator, Centacare Community Services, Enoggera

Cherry Servis

Woodend Lifestyle Carers Group

Leah Bisiani

MHlthSc/Dip Bus/Dementia Consultant/RN.1, Managing Director, Uplifting Dementia

Frances Campbell

Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Dementia care (BA). UTAS, Leisure and Health Therapist (Dip). SCU, Queensland Health GCHHS (Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service)

Kylie Jacques

Marketing Manager, Anglican Care

Jane Meldrum

Lifestyle Wellbeing and Diversity Manager, Anglican Care

Professor Irene Blackberry

John Richards Chair in Rural Ageing and Aged Care Research, Director, John Richards Centre, La Trobe University & Chair, Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria

Professor Cassandra Szoeke

Consultant Neurologist, Centre for Medical Research at The Royal Melbourne Hospital; Director, Healthy Ageing Program, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne

Professor Elizabeth Manias RN

CertCritCare, BPharm, MPharm, MNurs, PhD, FACN (DLF), MPS, MSHPA, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP), Accredited Pharmacist for Medication Management Reviews, Research Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Associate Professor Rosalie Hudson

RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci, B Theol, M Theol, Grad Dip Geront., PhD Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Nursing & Social Work, The University of Melbourne, Adjunct Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University. Consultant educator palliative care, aged care, dementia and spirituality

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Wendy Walters

Warracknabeal Campus Manager - Aged Care, Rural Northwest Health, VIC

Nerida Pankhurst

Support Officer - Lifestyle, Blue Care Metro South

Dr Tanya Petrovich

Business Development Manager, Learning and Development, Dementia Australia Vic Division

Sue Mark

Trainer, Montessori Ageing Support Services

Dr Tabitha Hartwell

Geriatrician, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Ms Karen Shepherd

Dementia/Delirium CNC, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Janice Besch

Director, NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research

Michael Rossato-Bennett

Writer, Director and Producer of ALIVE INSIDE – winner of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival Audience Award for U.S. Documentary, Founder, The Alive Inside Foundation

Associate Professor Mark Yates

Geriatrician, Ballarat Health Services, Deakin University

Leanne Emerson

Executive Director Business Development & VIC Regional Director, Dementia Australia

Erica Johnstone

Lecturer Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, Australian Catholic University & Daughter of person living with Dementia

Dr Karen Detering

Medical Director, Advanced Care Planning Australia

Claire McNamara

Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate, Victoria

Ms Leanne Phillips

Practice Nurse, Shoalhaven Family Medical Centres, NSW

Dr Steven Savvas

PhD, B Hlth Sci (Hons), B Ma & Comp Sci, Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute

Dr Kaele Stokes

Executive Director Consumer Engagement, Policy and Research Dementia Australia

Dr Elissa Campbell

Geriatrician and Palliative Care Physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Jenne Perlstein MBBS

BSW Post Grad, AASW ( Accred), Grad OSIS, CPE 2, CMC, Educator & Counsellor, Awareness Health and Social Education

John Quinn

Hilary Doxford

Member, Alzheimer's Society & Former Vice-Chair, European Working Group on People with Dementia

when & where

15 - 16 May 2018

Rendezvous Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9250 1888

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
For your convenience Lido Group will manage your accommodation needs. Click here or call 02 8585 0808.


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Francesca Brewer
Conference Manager
0439 780 927

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