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National Dementia Conference

Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care

23-24 June 2022 | Crown Melbourne

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Returning for 2022, the 13th Annual National Dementia 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 2022 event presents a unique opportunity to explore what’s possible and embrace change within this critical and growing sector. The National Dementia Conference will continue to bring together those from the home and community aged care setting, as well as those working within the acute and allied health sector.

Join the discussion this year on how we can work together to improve access to quality Dementia care for those living with Dementia in Australia.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Memory and the self: Implications for person-centred Dementia care
  • Workforce: Why hasn’t this been addressed since the Royal Commission?
  • Behaviour Support Plans
  • Early Dementia Detection in Younger-Onset Dementia
  • Should I stay in residential aged care or go home for Dementia care in a pandemic?
  • Cognitive disorders in the era of COVID- double jeopardy
  • Creating a Dementia-friendly society
  • Strategies and initiatives for improving quality, person-centered care for CALD communities living with Dementia
  • Creating the Capacity & Capability Clinic
  • Supporting Carers to support people living with Dementia
  • The importance of co-design in Dementia research
  • Life is not over after Dementia diagnosis
  • The use of technology in retaining independence and confidence for a person living with dementia to stay in their own homes
  • The impact of Dementia on relationships
  • Implementing Dementia risk reduction evidence in routine care
  • Speaking the unspoken: the corporate world and dementia
  • Advanced Care Planning & Palliative Care: what could Australia be doing better?
  • ADNeT Registry: Australia’s first clinical quality registry for People diagnosed with Dementia and Mild-Cognitive Impairment
  • Protecting the personal legal rights of people living with Dementia
  • Understanding delirium’s relationship with Dementia: benefits from improving person-centred care


Dr Brigid Ryan

Chair of the Younger Onset Dementia Aotearoa Trust, Leader, New Zealand Genetic Frontotemporal Dementia Study

A/Professor Michael Woodward AM

Director of Ages Care Research, Director Memory Clinic, Director Wound Clinic, Austin Health

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty

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

Cathy Roth OAM

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

Kay Hughes

Songwriter and lived experience

Bobby Redman

Dementia Advocate, Chair, Dementia Australia Advisory Committee

Professor Muireann Irish

Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney

Tamar Krebs

Founder & Executive Director, Group Homes Australia

Dr Stephanie Ward

Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, UNSW, Geriatrician, Prince of Wales Cognitive Disorders Clinic

Tony Varcoe

Director Community Programs, Community Engagement and Inclusion, Parks Victoria

Dr Anita Goh

Senior Research Fellow and Clinical Neuropsychologist, National Ageing Research Institute (NARI)

Dr Jane Lonie

Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist, Wellview Consulting

Megan D’Elton

CEO, NoosaCare Inc

Dr PK Loh

Adjunct Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University

Professor Nicola Lautenschlager MD, FRANZCP

Professor of Psychiatry of Old Age, Director, Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age, Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Aged Persons Mental Health Program, NorthWestern Mental Health, Royal Melbourne Hospital

Kali Godbee

PhD Student, Department of General Practice, Melbourne Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne

Michael Perkins

Lawyer, Autonomy First

Dr Craig Sinclair

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Psychology, UNSW

Professor Frances Batchelor

A/g Director, NARI

Lisa Tribuzio

Manager, Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing

Danijiela Hlis

D A Advocate, Bi Cultural Social Support/Diversional therapist, Member, OPAN/NOPRG, Member, Council of Elders

Kevyn Morris

Member, National Older Persons Reference Group, Member, Dementia Australia Advisory Committee

Professor Gideon Caplan

Geriatrician, Prince of Wales Hospital

Belinda Curtis

National Manager, Dementia-Friendly Communities, Dementia Australia

Caroline Gibson

Hospital Admission Risk Program. Cognitive Dementia and Memory Clinic, Ballarat Health Services, Project Lead - Timely Care of the Older Person, Grampians Region Health Services Partnership

Sandra Leone

Dementia Carer Consultant, Merri Health

René Wise

Executive Manager of Aged Care and Clinical Governance, Glenview Community Services

Rodney Lewis

Senior Solicitor, Elderlaw Legal Services

Gwenda Darling

Home Care Package Recipient, Advocate for Rural Seniors, Retired Social Worker, Member, Council for Elders, Dementia Australia Advocate

Natalie Ive

Living with Younger Onset Dementia primary progressive Aphasia

Dubhglas Taylor

Isabelle Burke

Dementia Advocate, Dementia Australia

Garrie O’Toole

Dementia Consultant & Facilitator, Dementia Australia



The National Dementia Conference was brilliant with a very well-balanced and informative programme. Every session was extremely informative from the lived experiences of PLWD to latest research, legal considerations with mandatory reporting, charter of aged care rights, updates on person-centred care, dementia friendly green spaces, co-design and what that means and how COVID affects decision-making living in a RACF. There was so much more! The venue was excellent with excellent catering and opportunities to meet old acquaintances and make new ones.

It was so refreshing to see representation of people with a lived experience of Dementia included in this conference and their voices heard. In addition, I was excited by the discussion surrounding early detection and capacity so that the person with dementia is supported to make their own decisions about their own life throughout their entire journey

Very helpful event organisers.

Listening to people with lived experience with dementia was incredibly powerful.


How to better care for people living with dementia

Should you keep someone living with Dementia in an aged care facility during a pandemic?

Australian Journal of Dementia Care complimentary issue for delegates

Craig Gear OAM: “The New Human Rights-Based Aged Care Act Will Form the Bedrock of Change.”
The aged care sector is built for older people, so it should proactively take its direction from them. As my fellow panel members continue to tell me: “Nothing about us…without us!” Read more >>

The more we talk about the importance of quality aged care, the better

Co-design and person-centred care keep me, as a clinician researcher, accountable to those I am to serve

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 >>

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23 - 24 Jun 2022

Crown Melbourne
8 Whiteman St
Southbank VIC 3006
(03) 9292 8888

Book prior to June 7th to take advantage of the Crown’s special rates for the National Dementia Conference attendees.

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