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National Dementia Conference

Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care

15-16 May 2019 | Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne

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Special rate available for people with dementia and their carers


Over the past 10 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.

With the announcement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, this year’s event presents a unique opportunity to explore what’s possible and embrace change.

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.

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:

  • Predictive cognitive decline and diagnosing dementia
  • Ethical decision-making in established dementia
  • The imminent therapeutic approach to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s – what will it be and what will it mean?
  • Managing risks within acute hospital environments
  • The use and abuse of medication in dementia
  • Managing pain for people with cognitive impairment
  • Novel therapies and interventions and assessing their impact i.e. music therapy
  • Understanding the experiences and needs of LGBTI people living with dementia – how to provide inclusive care and services
  • Supporting the transition between nursing homes and acute care facilities
  • Younger onset dementia
  • Effective communication and engagement strategies
  • Caring for carers – the need for respite and support
  • Dementia in rural communities
  • The impact of nutrition in outcome, disease, and caregiver burden
  • Legal issues in dementia
  • Dementia and indigenous populations
  • Advanced care planning for people living with dementia
  • Plus, much more


Dr David Sykes

Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

Dr John Roth

Cathy Roth

National Chairman, PALZ - Professionals with Alzheimer's

Professor John Pollaers OAM

Swinburne University

Professor Constance Dimity Pond

Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle

Toby Commerford

Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Course Coordinator for Geriatric Medicine, University of Adelaide

Caroline Gibson

Practice Nurse, Ballarat Community Health

Associate Professor Mark Yates

FRACP, Consultant Geriatrician, Ballarat Health Services, Director of Clinical Studies, Deakin University

Dr Wendy Kelso

Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Dr Sarah Farrand

Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Melbourne Health

Pauline Crameri

Co-ordinator – Val's LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care @GLHV Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

Faye Dean

Karajarri Traditional Owner, Bidyadanga Community

Ryan Hammond

Community Care Support Worker, Bidyadanga HACC

Monita Mascitti-Meuter

Cultural Diversity Program Coordinator, St Vincent's Melbourne

Karen Thode

Cultural Diversity Officer and Residential Support Program Clinician, St Vincent's Hospital

Associate Professor Poh Kooi Loh

Edith Cowan University & President, ANZSGM West Australia

Dr Ami Kamdar

Head of General Medicine (Consultant Physician) and Consultant Geriatrician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Toni Simpson

Nurse Practitioner Dementia Outreach Service, Gold Coast Health, Queensland Health

Associate Professor Michael Woodward

Director Memory Clinic and Director Aged Care Research, Austin Health

Dr Daniel Blackmore

Neuroscientist, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland

Professor Felicity Baker

Director, International Research Partnerships, Creative Arts and Music Therapy Research Unit, University of Melbourne

Roseanne Hogarth

Clinical Research Coordinator, RACS Research Unit, Rehabilitation & Aged Care Service, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital

Conjoint Professor Carmelle Peisah

UNSW, Sydney University, Lead, Empowered Project, President, Capacity Australia

Dr Suzanne Dyer

Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care, Flinders University

Elizabeth Oliver

Senior Occupational Therapist, Catholic Homes Inc

Claire McNamara

Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

Dr Barbara Hayes

Clinical Leader - Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health

Dr Terence Ahern OAM

GP, Moreland General Practice

Workshop & Site Tour


The workshop will provide evidence-based practice and show case real life experiences from BlueCross.
STARLife represents Living, Independence, Fulfillment and Engagement. This workshop tells the story of STARLife from 2014-2019, includes research undertaken by The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), commissioned by BlueCross.

Workshop Outline:

  • Learnings from research undertaken by NARI, interviews with staff, families, external stakeholders and residents and a literature review identifying that there is not a “one size fits all” model for dementia care.
  • Findings: that staff wanted more education, that the built design and environments were of importance, that residents and families wanted meaningful engagement and life style choices and that dementia expertise was of value.
  • BlueCross have a dedicated Dementia Care Specialist, in-house occupational and physio therapy, life style leaders and nurse practitioners.
    • The team will present and demonstrate some of the innovative ways of supporting people living with dementia, embracing innovation and applying design principals
  • Members of the BlueCross team will explain how they support people living dementia and offer a tour to the residence to show case these activities. BlueCross Ivanhoe has:
    • a memory environment with a bespoke nostalgia kitchen
    • a men’s shed
    • a resident gym
    • other enabling spaces and activities
  • The Human Room at BlueCross
    • BlueCross Ivanhoe have a dedicated Human Room, providing a sophisticated multi-sensory experience. Artist and Designer Efterpi Soropos will demonstrate the room and discuss resident benefits
  • The impact: interviews with staff, families and residents about their experiences

Workshop Leader:
Bridget Howes, Dementia Care Specialist, BlueCross Community & Residential Services
Guest speaker:
Efterpi Soropos, Creative Practitioner will present The Human Room

Date: 17 May 2019
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm

BlueCross Ivanhoe
250 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe, Victoria, 3079

About BlueCross:
BlueCross have over 30 residences and home care services in metropolitan Melbourne, Philip Island and Kilmore. BlueCross Ivanhoe is a 178-bed aged care residence with a dedicated memory support environment for people living with dementia. The residence has been carefully designed and opened about 18 months ago. The residence has, a café, movie theatre, private dining room, men’s shed, gym and hairdressing. BlueCross Ivanhoe also provides day respite to clients living in their own homes and provides a range of activities providing opportunities for engagement.


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 May 2019

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 on 02 8585 0808.


Still have a question?

Francesca Brewer
Conference Manager
0439 780 927

Danielle Newman
Business Development Executive
+61 2 9080 4432

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