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National Dementia & Aged Care Reform Conference

Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care

23 – 25 November 2021 | Crown Melbourne

We are excited to be moving back to face-to-face events but will continue to offer the option to attend the event virtually

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In 2021, the 12th annual National Dementia & Aged Care Reform Conference will provide a critical national platform to de-brief on the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality & Safety as well as the Federal Budget 20-21.

On the first two days of the event, the National Dementia & Aged Care Reform Conference 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.

On the third and final day of the event, we will provide a substantial conversation for improving care for older people in Australia – particularly in residential aged care. We believe it will be an important opportunity for a debrief after the findings come out, to take stock of how the industry is tracking with new standards implementation, and to spend time discussing areas for improvement, challenges, and next steps for reform.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Living with dementia: why improving dementia care is important
  • Quality dementia care: what it looks like, how we get there and how we measure it
  • Intergenerational Care: part of the future of aged care
  • Creating tools for co-design with consumers
  • Making co-design a reality
  • Improving the role of the GP in Residential Aged Care Facilities
  • Younger Onset Dementia
  • Checklist upon diagnosis in Primary Care
  • Providing support to the paid and unpaid carer and family
  • Discrimination and human rights for people living with dementia
  • Wellbeing & assistive technology: improving the quality of life for the elderly and those living with Dementia
  • Post-diagnostic care
  • Collaborative approaches to solution design
  • Implementing ways to reduce malnutrition of residents
  • Working together to reduce psychotropics misuse in Dementia & Aged Care
  • The key to Dementia & Aged Care reform is the community
  • How to respond to the risk of suicide amongst the older population
  • Aged Care Reform: a person-centred approach
  • 10 Strategies for Success Post Royal Commission
  • Preventing negligence and elder abuse: a community focused approach
  • Enabling the aged care sector to provide high-quality palliative care
  • Informed consent around antipsychotics
  • Delivering practical and targeted funding to ensure sector sustainability


Maree McCabe

CEO, Dementia Australia

Dr David Sykes

Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

Professor John Pollaers OAM

Chairman & Founder, Leef Independent Living Solutions, Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology

Janet Anderson PSM

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner

Dr John Roth

Cathy Roth OAM

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

Sue Kurrle

Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney, Clinical Director, Northern Sydney LHD, Aged Care and Rehabilitation Network & Senior Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai and Eurobodalla Health Services

Dr Anita Goh

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

Jennifer Daddow

Carer and Community Education Officer, Education Services, Carers Victoria

Jennene Buckley

former CEO, Feros Care, Aged Care Specialist & Strategist, Enkindle

Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty

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

Caroline Gibson

Hospital Admission Risk Program. Cognitive Dementia and Memory Clinic, Ballarat Health Services

A/Prof Mark Yates

Geriatrician, Deakin University, Topic Lead Aged Care, Ballarat Health Services

Professor Henry Cutler

Director, Centre for Health Economy, Macquarie University (MUCHE)

Professor Julie Ratcliffe

Mathew Flinders Professor of Health Economics and Head Health and Social Care Economics Group, Caring Futures Institute, Flinders University

Professor Muireann Irish

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, ARC Future Fellow, School of Psychology and Brain & Mind Centre, The University of Sydney

Dr Roderick McKay

Director Psychiatry and Mental Health Programs (Mental Health Portfolio), Health Education & Training Institute, Health NSW

Professor Elizabeth Beattie

Professor, Aged and Dementia Care, Director, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration, QUT, Director, Dementia Training Australia (QLD)

Ronnie Benbow

QLD Nominee Australian of the Year 2021, Founder, CEO & Director, The Carers Foundation

Dr Cherie Hugo

Founder, The Lantern Project

Gabrielle Prest

National Clinical Systems Project Manager & Palliative Care Project Lead, Opal Health Care

Professor Kon Mouzakis

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

Paul Yates

Geriatrician, Austin Health

Tamra Macleod

Nurse Practitioner, Executive Manager Clinical and Health Services, Goodwin

A/Prof Juanita Breen

Consultant Pharmacist, Aged Care Quality Safety Commission (ACQSC)

Craig Gear

CEO, Older Persons Advocacy Network

Sally Lambourne

General Manager and Consumer Engagement, Dementia Australia

Ged Kearney MP

Shadow Assistant Minister Health and Ageing, Australian Labor Party

Louise Biti

Co-founder and Director, Aged Care Steps, former Member, ACFA

Annie Butler

Federal Secretary, Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Margalit Lawyers

Michael Lye

Deputy Secretary, Ageing and Aged Care Group, Department of Health

Danijela Hlis

Member, National Older Persons Reference Group

Tamar Krebs

Founder & Executive Director, Group Homes Australia

Colin McDonnell

Dementia and Wellbeing Consultant, Calvery Care Group

Danah Wood

Facilitator, NoosaCare Inc

Megan D’Elton

CEO, NoosaCare Inc

Bobby Redman

Dementia Advocate and Chair, Dementia Australia Advisory Committee

A/Professor Anna Barker

Executive Director, Research and Innovation, Silver Chain Group

Anne Muldowney

Aged Care Policy Adviser, Carers Australia

Kevyn Morris

Member, National Older Persons Reference Group

Dr Katherine Clark

Clinical Director of Palliative Care, NSLHD Supportive and Palliative Care Network, Conjoint Professor, The University of Sydney, Honorary Professor, Faculty of Health, UTS

Rodney Lewis

Senior Solicitor, Elderlaw Legal Services




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 - 25 Nov 2021

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

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