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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.
23-24 February 2017 | Stamford Plaza Adelaide

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Informa Australia are pleased to announce the 8th Annual National Dementia Conference in February 2017 which will be held on the 23rd and 24th February 2017 at the Stamford Plaza Adelaide.

Dementia is currently the single greatest cause of disability in older Australians. Of course, dementia is not exclusive to any age bracket and according to the AIHW, there are currently more than 353,800 people living with dementia in Australia. With this figure expected to reach almost 400,000 by 2020, and around 900,000 by 2050 – the need to invest more funding into both research and support is greater than ever.

The 8th Annual National Dementia Conference will bring together senior level experts to discuss the future challenges and opportunities which relate to the implementation of an ongoing national framework for dementia services.

Click here to view last year’s presentations.



8:30 am

Registration and morning coffee

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Aged Care Complaints Commissioner– We listen to you…

Rae Lamb, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner

9:50 am

Consumer address: Living with dementia

Kate Swaffer, Author, Consumer Advocate; MSc (Dementia Care 2014), BPsych, BA, Grad Dip Grief Counselling, SA Australian of the Year 2017

10:30 am

Morning tea

11:00 am

Navigating the System

Maree McCabe, Interim CEO, Alzheimer's Australia

11:40 am

The NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research is a key element of the Australian Government’s $200 million boosting dementia research initiative. Its mandate is to develop and deliver a targeted research and translation strategy addressing five priority areas: prevention; assessment and diagnosis; intervention and treatment; living with dementia; and care. The opportunity offered by the establishment of the NNIDR and its ability to support a national approach to dementia research and translation is unique. Through supporting high-quality, high-impact research and translation initiatives the NNIDR aims to produce genuine, positive outcomes for people living with dementia, their families, carers and the broader community.

12:20 pm

Accreditation standards in Australia

Ann Wunsch, Executive Director Programs, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

  • Strategy and governance
  • Diagnosis and ongoing management across the spectrum of cognitive impairment
  • Timely access to the service in the clinic or community
  • Multi-disciplinary care (Medical, Nursing and Allied Health)
  • Carer and family support
  • Education provision to other organisations

2:40 pm

Delirium is common in older hospital patients and is associated with serious adverse outcomes. Despite this, and despite delirium often being preventable, it is frequently not recognized in the hospital setting, which may be partly due to hospital nurses not having received adequate education in the recognition or management of delirium or dementia. The aims of this project, conducted in 2015-2017 at PAH, were to redress this by implementing a raft of practice improvement initiatives for nurses.

3:20 pm

Afternoon tea

3:50 pm

  • Interdisciplinary approach to staff education and training and carer support
  • Executive buy in and support to drive change
  • Follow up care

4:30 pm

This session will bring together key representatives to discuss unmet needs in relation to dementia care, and explore possible solutions.

5:10 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:20 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

9:10 am

Tackling stigma around dementia is a global challenge, with decades of fatalism and misunderstanding surrounding the condition. Engaging society to think differently about dementia, to better understand its impacts and to rally to help tackle the condition is crucial. Developing the messaging and arguments to achieve these aims is one thing, but how can we deliver them in a compelling way in such a noisy world? New technologies provide opportunities to re-think how we might change attitudes, and this session explores successful case studies developed in the UK for international audiences.

9:50 am

  • An experiential dementia education package has been trialled across hospitals and Multi-Purpose Services in NSW.
  • People with dementia and their cares have had significant input into the package
  • An update of the project and evaluation will be provided.

10:30 am

Morning tea

11:00 am

Predictive Factors for Verbal Memory Performance Over Decades of Aging: Data from the Women's Healthy Ageing Project

Associate Professor Cassandra Szoeke, Director of the Women's Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP), The University of Melbourne

11:40 am

  • This research examined the impact of the provision of a lifelike baby doll as a therapeutic tool, on behavioural expression of a person living with dementia.
  • Results demonstrated doll therapy was positive, indicating significant reduction in behavioural expression, extensive ongoing improvement in social interaction, self-worth and communication.
  • We need to build upon this evidence to promote therapeutic interventions demonstrating valuable ways forward in the provision of person-centred dementia care.

12:20 pm

  • AEP journey working with cognitive decline in residential facilities.
  • Development of targeted exercise programs matching client’s capacity & interests.
  • Staff & family involvement in understanding & encouraging client participation.
  • Ongoing evaluation to ensure optimisation of client outcomes & resource usage.

1:00 pm


2:00 pm

  • Identified need for increased support for the RACFs due to dementia care being moved more into Primary Care via the Dementia Pathways
  • Establishing a collaborative approach between the private & health sectors
  • Benefits to patients and families / Evaluation

2:40 pm

  • Unobtrusively reduce risk
  • Provide a human scale
  • Allow people to see and be seen
  • Minimise unhelpful stimulation
  • Optimise helpful stimulation
  • Support movement and engagement
  • Create a familiar space
  • Opportunities to be alone or with others
  • Valued links with to the community
  • Respond to a vision for way of life

3:20 pm

Afternoon tea

3:50 am

  • Implementation of a project within several acute hospital wards which aims to increase patient engagement in purposeful, individualised activities to maximise participation, reduce distress and minimise the risk of harm for patients with cognitive impairment
  • Integrate physical resources including music players and activity trolleys as non-pharmacological based interventions into behaviour management plans
  • Enhance the knowledge and skill of care providers in implementation of activity based therapy on acute wards to reduce the presence of behavioural expression associated with dementia or other cognitive impairment
  • Improve the sensory experience of patients on acute wards to promote engagement in tasks and activities that give individuals a sense of satisfaction, fulfilment and comfort, such as listening to music, writing a letter, knitting a scarf, doing their makeup

4:30 pm

  • Health issues affect men and women differently and men respond to health services differently from women
  • I will present a model for working with all men, which is relevant to working with men with dementia
  • Dealing with the growing numbers of socially isolated men and developing strategies for early dementia detection and support for men with early dementia.

5:10 pm

CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chair

5:20 pm



Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $1595+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days) $100+GST

Note: Concession Rate is for person with dementia, their family and carers.

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.


Rae Lamb

Aged Care Complaints Commissioner

Kate Swaffer

Author, Consumer Advocate; MSc (Dementia Care 2014), BPsych, BA, Grad Dip Grief Counselling, SA Australian of the Year 2017

Maree McCabe

Interim CEO, Alzheimer's Australia

Peter Schofield

Interim Director, NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research

Ann Wunsch

Executive Director Programs, Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

Sally Howe

Director of Business and Service Development, Cabrini Health

Luke Smith

Clinical Neurophyschologist, Cabrini Health Community Cognition and Dementia Service

Catherine Travers

Research Officer at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology

Fred Graham

CNC Dementia & Delirium, Princess Alexandra Hospital

Robyn Attoe

Cognition Clinical Nurse Consultant, Peninsula Health

Kirby Young

Cabrini Health Program Director, Allied Health and Ambulatory Services

Tim Parry

Director of Communications and Brand, Alzheimer’s Research UK

Judy Bartholomew

Educator & Group Worker, Alzheimer's Australia NSW

Cassandra Szoeke

Director of the Women's Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP), The University of Melbourne

Leah Bisiani

Managing Director, Uplifting Dementia

Gaynor Parifitt

Researcher, University of South Australia

Alison Penington

Exercise Physiologist, Helping Hand

Lesley Maskery

Nurse Practitioner Candidate, Capital & Coast DHB, Wellington, NZ

Ann Donaghy

Service Manager, Centacare -Brisbane

Caroline Grogan

Coordinator Carers Program, Centacare -Brisbane

Meredith Gardiner

Occupational Therapist, Gold Coast Hospitals and Health Service

Greg Millan

Men’s Health Consultant & Director Men’s Health Services, President Men’s Health Forum NSW Inc., Vice President Australian Men’s Heath Forum

when & where

23 - 24 Feb 2017

Stamford Plaza Adelaide
150 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
08 8461 1111

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