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National Dementia Conference

Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care

12 – 13 June 2024 | Crown Promenade Melbourne

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Running for the 15th year, the National Dementia Conference 2024 will continue to bring together many leading experts to discuss best-practice strategies and initiatives for improving quality person-centered care for people living with dementia.

Today, more than ever, there are so many pressing issues related to dementia, but yet at the same time, there are so many new cutting-edge innovations and care strategies available to foster dementia-friendly communities. The conference aims to provide a unique opportunity to discuss these breakthroughs, challenges, and promising practices, all aimed at improving the lives of those affected by dementia.

We will not only cover a wide range of themes, but the conference also aims to be a platform of information exchange, creating relationships, and developing a common commitment to improving dementia care. Don’t miss this tailored made event for people that are genuinely interested in improving dementia care and support in Australia. Are you one of them?


  • Latest Emerging Trends in Dementia Research
  • Dementia Diagnosis and Early Intervention Strategies
  • Innovations in Dementia Care and Support
  • Person-Centered Approaches in Dementia Care
  • Building Dementia-Friendly Communities
  • Assistive Devices and Digital Solutions
  • Dementia Caregiver Support and Resilience
  • Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Interventions in Dementia
  • Addressing Depression, Anxiety, and Behavioral Symptoms
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Dementia Care and Decision-Making
  • Cultural and Diversity Perspectives in Dementia Care
  • Nutrition and Lifestyle Interventions for Dementia Prevention and Management
  • Managing Multiple Health Conditions
  • Dementia in Indigenous Communities
  • Policy and Advocacy for Dementia Awareness and Support
  • Community Engagement and Education Initiatives
  • How to Integrate Palliative Care with Dementia Care

Concurrently held with this event is the Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum, offering a seamless engagement on a single platform and maximizing the exploration of key topics in aged care and dementia.


Isabelle Meyer

Executive Director, Dementia Training Australia

Cathy Roth OAM

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

Dr Denise Keenan

Psychologist, Managing Director, Cognition

David Cox

Managing Director, Curtin Heritage Living

Camilla Rowland

Chief Executive Office, Palliative Care Australia

Abiola Akinbiyi

Director, NWMPHN & Board Director, Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria

Dr Michelle King

Research Fellow, Queensland Aphasia Research Centre, University of Queensland

Dr John Russell

Retired Urologist / Living with dementia

Dr Beatriz Cardona

Senior Research Fellow, 3 Bridges & Associate Researcher, Macquarie University

Amal Madani

General Manager - Aged Care, Disability & Allied Health, 3 Bridges

Naomi Moylan

Younger Onset Dementia Project Coordinator, Brightwater Care Group

A/Prof Mark Yates

Dementia Care in Hospitals Program, Grampians Health, Clinical Associate Professor, Deakin University

Katrina Crump

Dementia & Behaviour Specialist, Uniting NSW/ACT

Dr Beth Nolan

Chief Public Health Officer, Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care®

Bobby Redman

Dementia Advocate, Chair, Dementia Australia Advisory Committee

Nan Yu

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, My Dementia Companion

Dr Anita Goh

Clinical Neuropsychologist and Principal Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute

Olivia Geary

Graduate, Deakin University

Amelia Sloan

Health Ambassador, Down Syndrome Australia

Lindsay Bent

Clinical Lead, Communications Centres, Operational Communications Division, Ambulance Victoria

A/P Margaret MacAndrew

Associate Professor, Faculty of Health, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology

Fallon Forbes

Service Manager (Environments), Dementia Training Australia

Dr Tanya Petrovich

Business Innovation Manager, Dementia Australia

Chloe Hannigan

Nurse Manager/Coordinator - Behavioural Escalation Support Team (BEST), Sydney Local Health District

Dr Rebecca Kelly

Chair, Down Syndrome Australia

Marg Rae

Carer Connect Coordinator, GreenConnect Dementia Respite

Angela Mucic

Chief Allied Health Officer, NeuroRehab Allied Health Network

Yuki Wakamatsu

Music Therapy Clinical Manager, Neurological Music Therapist, NeuroRehab Allied Health Network

Dr Paul Yates

Deputy Director of Aged Care Research, Austin Health

Loren deVries

Senior Practitioner, Behaviour Support and Restrictive Practice Unit, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission



11 June 2024 | 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Crown Promenade Melbourne

Positive Approach to Dementia Care Workshop

Workshop Facilitator:
Dr Beth Nolan, Director of Research and Policy, Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Dementia Care

When supporting individuals who are living with dementia, it is not always easy to know the best approach. This session will provide learners practical strategies and methods of providing assistance to individuals living with dementia. Emphasis will be placed on helping learners to approach people with dementia safely and consistently, provide verbal support and responses that reduce distress, and improve social engagement. It will enable learners to recognize the remaining abilities of people living with dementia still have, and will offer ways to use these abilities for improved care interactions. The session will be very interactive with the goal of providing knowledge, skills and attitudes that will change daily outcomes of dementia care.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the important role that words and actions play in the behavior and responses of people living with dementia
  • Describe several of the critical factors for optimizing positive interactions
  • Identify several specific techniques that improve the potential for successful communication
  • Demonstrate use of positive communication strategies in an interaction

Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum

Running concurrently with the 1st day of the National Dementia Conference at the Crown Promenade in Melbourne, the Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum will provide an opportunity for discussion, sharing of best practice and networking between stakeholders.

Topics to be Addressed Include:

  • Understanding the funding – what does it and what doesn’t it provide funding for
  • What are the goals of having an onsite pharmacist?
  • Using quality indicators
  • Maximizing the role of medication advisory committees
  • Medication reviews
  • New guidelines e.g., new psychotropic guidelines
  • Case studies of aged care homes with aged care pharmacists – what are the experiences, what have they achieved, what are the benefits and how did they implement it?
  • Challenges with the supply of medicines to RACF
  • The role of the on-site pharmacist – what could, and should it be?
  • Perspectives of residential aged care on pharmacy in aged care

View Pharmacy in Aged Care Forum Website

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

There are many opportunities for networking including social events such as networking drinks, refreshment breaks and lunches, making this not just a conference… but an all-encompassing industry “experience”.

Event sponsorship or exhibiting will allow your organisation to:

  • Build relationships with potential and existing clients
  • Generate leads from a high-level, targeted audience
  • Close sales in a more personal manner than via phone
  • Demonstrate your product in person
  • Network with the industry
  • Build brand awareness

To see what is on offer please contact:

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
T: +61 (2) 9080 4318

2023 Testimonials

“This was a great opportunity to meet with others who share the same commitment to ensuring people living with dementia have a voice and are not defined by their diagnosis. It was also an opportunity to meet new people, develop networks and catch up with others we knew.”
Delegate 2023

“Personal stories and presentations were powerful and impacted my professional practice and personal experiences of dementia. My knowledge was increased by attending the National Dementia Conference.”
Delegate 2023

“Excellent collection of passionate people from a wide range of areas which was wonderful and very inspiring. It was great to not just focus on residental aged care”
Delegate 2023

“This is the second time I have attended this conference and not been disappointed. This year, the conference has built on last year’s presentations and exceeded my expectations. A fantastic balance of speakers from those living with dementia, carers of PLWD, health
professionals, researchers and others! Great to connect with people from many different backgrounds too! Well done to the organisers once again! I am excited for next year.”
Delegate 2023


How to manage Down syndrome and dementia
People with Down syndrome are living longer, healthier lives. Since the 1940s, life expectancy for people with this chromosomal condition has increased fivefold from just 12 to 60 years; and today, babies born with Down syndrome may live up to 80. Read more >>

Why Australia needs dementia friendly ambulances
Transport by ambulance can be a distressing experience for people with dementia. Noisy, enclosed, and unfamiliar, the environment can exacerbate symptoms, destabilise a person’s psychological health and, in severe cases, cause delirium. Read more >>

Beyond the amyloid hypothesis – how small molecules are giving hope to Alzheimer’s research
Ever since it was discovered in 1906, scientists have been rushing to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease – a form of dementia that affects 1 in 10 Australians aged over 65. Read more >>

How to manage incontinence in dementia
Incontinence is one of the most common health complaints among people living with dementia, affecting around one third of sufferers.

Thriving with dementia – how this man reinvented himself after an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

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 >>

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.


Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related healthcare events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.

Event Code of Conduct

We want everyone who comes to our events to have a great experience. This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour, and how to report anything witnessed or experienced that goes against them. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

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We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

12 - 13 Jun 2024

Crown Promenade Melbourne
8 Whiteman Street
(Queensbridge St end of Crown Complex)
(03) 9292 8888

We have secured a special accommodation rate from $255* per room per night, room only, for conference attendees at the Crown Promenade for the nights of the 11-12 June 2024 inclusive.

To book this rate, click here.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability and valid until 7 days prior to the event, unless sold out prior.
Book early to avoid disappointment.


Still have a question?

General Information & Registration
Customer Service
+61 2 9080 4307

Speaking Enquiries
Irene Amo
Senior Conference Producer
+61 415038730

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities
Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 2 9080 4318

Marketing & Media Enquiries
Libbie Sinclair
Marketing Manager

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