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National Dementia Conference

National Dementia Conference Australia aims to improve the outcomes for people living with dementia and their families, caretakers & service providers.

15-16 May 2018 | Rendezvous Melbourne

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Early Bird Rate $1,195 (Save $400) - Expires on 16 March 2018


Now in its 9th year, the National Dementia Conference has become a crucial national gathering for health professionals from a range of settings (i.e. acute, allied health, residential aged care, community health etc), carers, researchers, aged care workers and policy makers involved in the care of people living with dementia. The conference brings together senior level experts to network and discuss the challenges, opportunities and strategies for dementia care and provides a unique platform for sharing experiences and exploring examples of best practice.

The agenda features high level keynotes, in-depth presentations, interactive panel discussions and Q&A sessions which will explore new research, effective dementia care initiatives, emerging technologies, ongoing funding, developments in staff education, and overall improvements to supporting people living with dementia, their carers and families and service providers.


8:30 am

Registration & Morning Coffee

9:00 am


9:20 am

Early Recognition and Diagnosis of Dementia

9:45 am

  • Incorrect perceptions of behavioural expression
  • Reassessing attitudes and the need to deepen our understanding of dementia to create approaches based on empathy and compassion
  • Negative labelling is undesirable and harmful, not only to how we perceive people living with dementia, but to how they perceive themselves.
  • Addressing the unmet need

10:10 am

The Role of the GP in Diagnosing Dementia

Speaker to be advised,

10:35 am

Morning Tea

11:10 am

Managing Pain in Older People with Cognitive Impairment

Professor Susan Kurrle, Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Director, NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Clinical Director, Northern Sydney LHD Aged Care and Rehabilitation Network & Senior Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service

11:35 am

  • ‘She’d be better off dead!’ How to transform a hope-less comment into hope-full care
  • Ethical care is person-centred: based on contemporary research
  • Dignity in death and dying derives from evidence based clinical care
  • Watching our words: dehumanising language for dementia is unethical
  • Benefit or burden: the two ‘big b’s’ in ethical decision making for death and dying

The paper concludes with a real-life story of transformation at life’s end

12:00 pm

  • Chemical restraint & elder abuse
  • How can we evaluate methods of identification and prevention of chemical restraint?
  • Non-pharmacological interventions

12:45 pm

Networking Lunch

2:10 pm

  • Increasing numbers of older population within Medical Division
  • Lack of knowledge/understanding of the appropriate management and care requirements of this high risk group
  • Dementia and delirium education gap identified
  • Development of a program to address gaps and improve care

2:35 pm

  • Development of Directed Action Response Team (DART)
  • Identification of suitable care recipients
  • Development of individualized therapy based strategies
  • Interdisciplinary Team approach for improved care recipient outcomes
  • Ongoing evaluation of strategies

3:45 pm

Networking Break

4:15 pm

  • Small group outings
  • Volunteer program
  • Supporting independence and
  • Maintaining community engagement

4:40 pm

  • Understanding the true experience of caring for someone with dementia
  • The need for respite
  • Current initiatives for carer support
  • What is needed now and in future

5:00 pm

  • A brief summary of the study in which family carers of people with dementia, hospital staff members, and the research team worked together to develop the Focus on the Person form.
  • Findings from piloting of the form with 31 family carers of people with dementia.
  • Final refinements made to the form after 30 hospital staff members reviewed the information contributed by carers.
  • The form as it is now and how to access it.
  • Recommendations for implementation.

5:25 pm


9:00 am

Opening Remarks from Chair

9:10 am

International Keynote Address

9:40 am

  • Overview of the dementia landscape
  • Basic findings of what causes and drives Alzheimer’s disease at a molecular and cellular level?
  • Introduction of ultrasound in the medical space
  • Development of therapeutic ultrasound as a new treatment modality for Alzheimer’s disease

10:10 am

Latest Research – Predictive Factors for Memory Performance

Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke, Consultant Neurologist, Centre for Medical Research at The Royal Melbourne Hospital; Director, Healthy Ageing Program, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne

10:40 am

Morning Tea

11:10 am

  • The consequences of weight loss, undernutrition and malnutrition
  • Energy and nutrients for brain integrity and metabolism
  • The importance of easing the nutrition burden on caregivers
  • Nutrition support as an integral part of disease management

11:40 am

  • Using technology as a powerful tool to engage with audiences e.g. using Virtual Reality (VR) to create immersive learning experiences
  • The Virtual Dementia Experience™ – the way game technology has been used to engage our audience in understanding dementia
  • Successful education outcomes through experiential learning, which allows carers to see and feel from another’s perspective.
  • For people living with dementia these technologies have been used to create ‘The Virtual Forest’ a calming and relaxing experience that has been designed to specifically engage people living with dementia.

12:05 pm

  • Challenges and opportunities in delivering rural dementia care
  • Co-designing dementia care and support for carers in rural communities
  • Evidence on the role of technology to support carers in rural communities
  • Development of virtual dementia-friendly communities in Australia

12:30 pm

Capturing Memories for People Living with Dementia

12:50 pm

Networking Lunch

1:50 pm

Panel: Advanced Care Planning for People Living with Dementia

Wendy Walters, Warracknabeal Campus Manager - Aged Care, Rural Northwest Health, VIC

Senior representative, Advanced Care Planning Australia,

2:30 pm

Voluntary Assisted Dying – The Catch 22 For People Living with Dementia

2:50 pm

This scenario based talk will explore some of the legal and ethical challenges and considerations in working with people living with dementia and their carers. Issues to be discussed include: capacity, consent, substitute decision makers, restraint and discrimination

3:20 pm

Ensuring Person Centred Care

3:45 pm

What Does NDIS mean for people living with Dementia?

4:10 pm



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1595$1195+GSTEarly BirdEarly Bird

Early Bird rate:
– $1,195 + GST (Save $400) | Expires 16 March 2018

Book 3 delegates and receive the 4th delegate pass at no cost. To take advantage of this offer, call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email
Note: All delegates must be from the same company and register at the same time to qualify.


Professor Jürgen Götz

Director of Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research, QLD Brain Institute, University of QLD

Professor Susan Kurrle

Curran Professor in Health Care of Older People, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney, Director, NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Clinical Director, Northern Sydney LHD Aged Care and Rehabilitation Network & Senior Staff Specialist Geriatrician, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service

Associate Professor Chris Toye

Faculty of Health Sciences, Curtin University & Research Consultant, Centre for Nursing Research, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Meagan Hartley

Senior Occupational Therapist, Dementia Care (Dip). UTAS, Acute Care of Elderly (ACE) Unit, Queensland Health GCHHS (Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service)

Jayne Harris

Nursing Director Operations, Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Amanda Tuck

Clinical Practice Consultant, Flinders Medical Centre, SA

Sharon Lawrence

Site Senior Dietitian and Senior CHSP Dietitian, Lower Hunter Community Health Centre, Hunter New England Local Health District

Dr Elissa Burton

School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University

Caroline Grogan

S.H.A.R.E. The Care Program Co-ordinator, Centacare Community Services, Enoggera

Cherry Servis

Woodend Lifestyle Carers Group

Leah Bisiani

MHlthSc/Dip Bus/Dementia Consultant/RN.1, Managing Director, Uplifting Dementia

Frances Campbell

Advance Care Planning Facilitator. Dementia care (BA). UTAS, Leisure and Health Therapist (Dip). SCU, Queensland Health GCHHS (Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service)

Kylie Jacques

Marketing Manager, Anglican Care

Jane Meldrum

Lifestyle & Wellbeing Coordinator, Anglican Care

Associate Professor Irene Blackberry

John Richards Chair in Rural Ageing and Aged Care Research, Director, John Richards Centre, La Trobe University & Chair, Australian Association of Gerontology Victoria

Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke

Consultant Neurologist, Centre for Medical Research at The Royal Melbourne Hospital; Director, Healthy Ageing Program, Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne

Professor Elizabeth Manias RN

CertCritCare, BPharm, MPharm, MNurs, PhD, FACN (DLF), MPS, MSHPA, Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist (BCGP), Accredited Pharmacist for Medication Management Reviews, Research Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health, Deakin University

Associate Professor Rosalie Hudson

RN, Dip Arts, B App Sci, B Theol, M Theol, Grad Dip Geront., PhD Honorary Senior Fellow, School of Nursing & Social Work, The University of Melbourne, Adjunct Associate Professor, Charles Sturt University. Consultant educator palliative care, aged care, dementia and spirituality

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon

Wendy Walters

Warracknabeal Campus Manager - Aged Care, Rural Northwest Health, VIC

Nerida Pankhurst

Support Officer - Lifestyle, Blue Care Metro South

Dr Tanya Petrovich

Business Development Manager, Learning and Development, Dementia Australia Vic Division

Sue Mark

Trainer, Montessori Ageing Support Services

when & where

15 - 16 May 2018

Rendezvous Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9250 1888

Book Accommodation with Lido Group
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Conference Manager
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