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National Dementia Conference | Virtually Delivered Event

Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care

15-16 October 2020 | Virtually Delivered Event

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Early Bird Rate expires 7 August 2020


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:





8:50 am

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


9:00 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


9:40 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
  • Clinical Trials and FLOREY’s involvement
  • Where do we go from here? What is the cause? What’s next with the research?

10:15 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


11:30 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

12:10 pm

  • What can providers do?
  • What can the government do?
  • What can the Aged Care Quality Commission do?
  • How do we ensure that the improved capability is sustainable and universal?
  • What can the workforce do to build upon capacity when it’s not just the responsibility of the government and providers?

1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking Break

2:00 pm

2:40 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’


3:10 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.

3:45 pm

Stretch & Afternoon Tea Break

4:15 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

4:50 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

5:30 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

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

5:35 pm


8:50 am

Opening Remarks from the Chair

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


9:00 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


10:25 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?

11:10 am

Stretch & Networking Break


11:40 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

12:15 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

12:50 pm

  • Providing a better understanding of the important role that oral health plays in those living with dementia
  • Working with medical practitioners and geriatricians to improve knowledge and education
  • The direct link between dental infections, delirium, falls and premature death

1:20 pm

Lunch and Networking Break


2:20 pm

  • The brief: from a medical unit to an acute geriatric ward
  • Challenging behaviours. Younger Onset Dementia and significant behavioural changes
  • Working with the environment and creating dementia friendly space that is about the patient
  • Integrating care into the community
  • The Royal Commission and forming partnerships with the facilities outside of the ward

2:45 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

3:20 pm

Stretch & Afternoon Tea Break


4:25 pm

  • When does more choice become more confusing?
  • Smart Homes and the IoT
  • Staying at home for longer through assistive technologies
  • Technology for engagement
  • Adoption and the journey towards integrating assistive technology
  • The effects on the carers and family
  • Accepting the technology and learning how to integrate this effectively with all stakeholders involved

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair


Packages Price
Virtual Pass$1295$995+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass + Workshop$1790$1390+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate

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.
  • If your company is not based in Australia, check the GST box on the next page as you are not required to pay GST.

Early Bird Rate expires 7 August 2020

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


Groups of 3 or more delegates can register for $895 + GST per person
Groups of 10 or more delegates can register for $795 + GST per person

To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or
Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.


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

Associate Professor 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

Professor Ashley Bush

Director, Melbourne Dementia Research Centre, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

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

Dr Juanita Breen PhD

Senior Lecturer, Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University of Tasmania

Ms Alison Davis

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Mrs Jayne Littledike

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Professor Rajesh Vasa

Head of Translational Research, Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, Deakin University

Paul Yates

Deputy Director of Aged Care Research, Austin Health

Dr Peter Foltyn

Conjoint Senior Lecturer UNSW, CSU, St Vincent’s Hospital Dental Department

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

Dr Janet Sluggett BPharm (Hons), GDipClinEpid, PhD, CertiVTAE, FSHP, AACPA

Senior Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty

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

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:


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 >>

Pre-Conference Workshop

14 October 2020

2pm-5pm | Ensuring Appropriate Use of Psychotropics in Dementia Care

Dr Juanita Breen from the University of Tasmania and Dr Janet Sluggett from Monash University, pharmacists who have testified at the Aged Care Royal Commission public hearings, are pleased to be hosting an interactive workshop on what it actually means to deprescribe and how to ensure appropriate medicines use to support best possible outcomes for people living with dementia.

Key aspects:

  • Highlighting recent research that is relevant for dementia care and exploring strategies to support person-centred care among people living with dementia
  • Discussing the broader scope of psychotropic use, and summarising both the evidence for use and risks associated with use of these medicines
  • Understanding why psychotropic medicines are prescribed for older people, especially those living with dementia
  • Identifying and addressing the barriers and enablers for quality use of psychotropic medicines
  • Exploring the use of psychotropic medicines in the community (home) setting, particularly prior to entering a residential aged care facility, and examining use after entry to residential aged care
  • Exploring the appropriate use of psychotropics, strategies to support best possible use of these medicines and identifying situations when pharmacotherapy may no longer be appropriate
  • Discussing the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the information that we presented and implications for appropriate medicines use among people living with dementia

Dr Juanita Breen PhD MSc(Dist) BPharm GradDipComPracPharm, Senior Lecturer, Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University of Tasmania
Dr Janet Sluggett BPharm(Hons), GDipClinEpid, PhD, CertiVTAE, FSHP, AACPA, Senior Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

when & where

15 - 16 Oct 2020

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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