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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.

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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 brought together senior level experts to discuss the future challenges and opportunities which relate to the implementation of an ongoing national framework for dementia services.

The 2017 Speaker Faculty included:

  • Kate Swaffer, Author, Consumer Advocate; MSc (Dementia Care 2014), BPsych, BA, Grad Dip Grief Counselling, SA Australian of the Year 2017
  • Kathryn Quintel, CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia SA
  • Rae Lamb, Aged Care Complaints Commissioner
  • Maree McCabe, Interim CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia
  • Janice Besch, Director, NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research
  • Virginia Matthews, State Director SA, 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
  • Professor Graham Stokes, Global Director of Dementia Care, Bupa Care
  • Dr Lisa Kalisch Ellett, NHMRC – ARC Dementia Research Development Fellow, University of South Australia
  • Tim Parry, Director of Communications and Brand, Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • Judy Bartholomew, Educator & Group Worker, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
  • Professor Cassandra Szoeke, Director of the Women’s Healthy Ageing Project (WHAP), The University of Melbourne, Institute for Health and Ageing
  • 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
  • Caroline Grogan, S.H.A.R.E. The Care Program Co-ordinator, Centacare Enoggera
  • 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

All presentations that have been approved for release at this event are available on slideshare:

2017 Photo Gallery




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Lisa Hedlund
Conference Manager
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Samantha Lister
Sponsorship & Exhibition Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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