8.50am Welcome

Agent Houston Reports from the Field Agnes Houston MBE and A/Prof Colm Cunningham (via video link)

Plenary: Preventing Dementia: False Promise or True Progress? Professor Craig Ritchie
Plenary: CDC: Fact or Fantasy Jane Halton and Dr Stephen Judd chaired by Leigh Hatcher

Morning Tea and Exhibition

Plenary: The Devil is in the Detail – The True Cost of Care Professor Maria Crotty and Dr Emmanuel Gnanamanickam
Plenary: The Power of Choice Professor Sheena S. Iyengar

Lunch and Exhibition

Concurrent sessions: Choose your session

arts engaged

Arts Engaged

  1. Home delivered participatory art to support wellness in dementia caregiver and care recipient dyads A/Prof Roslyn Poulos
  2. Holding the Story – Digital storytelling for happiness, resilience and inclusivity Michelle Royce and Christine Dacron
  3. Horticultural Therapy – Improving health and wellbeing through gardening and a connection with nature Cath Manuel 

leaders in the field

Leaders in the Field

  1. Dementia and Human Rights – Rising to the challenge Sue Pieters-Hawke
  2. We Are The Champions – Transforming dementia practice through a Dementia Change Champions Program Jason Burton
  3. Making dementia care a career of choice for millennials and non-clinicians James Flood
  4. Enabling Positive Risk Taking – A framework for supporting choice and an active lifestyle within the care home setting Joanne Croft

home truths

Home Truths

  1. Pathways to Community Living Initiative: a new choice Maryann Matikainen
  2. Implementing a new model of care or is it a new model of service? Deborah Muldoon
  3. Admiral Nursing – Working across borders to support people with dementia Rachel Thompson


responsive behavioursResponsive ‘Behaviours’ and other Labels – Decoding the DSA Files!

In this concurrent you will hear from clinicians and consultants across Australia.

Led by Janine MacDonald (Head of Operations), Marie Alford (Head of Implementation) and A/Prof Stephen Macfarlane (Head of Clinical Services), this session will include on-the-ground experiences and learnings, capacity building programs and lessons from rural and remote Australia. 

design blueprintThe Design Blueprint

  1. Living Well with Dementia – Summerset’s award-winning memory care centre Lynda Irvine
  2. Design Case Study – Things of Stone and Wood by SPH Architecture + Interiors Ali Devellerez
  3. Material Metaphors – Interpretations of people with dementia’s lived experience towards designed environments Hui Ren
  4. Strategic improvements to residential aged care buildings Nick Seemann


gathering the intelGathering the Intel

  1. Simply Knowing is Not Enough – Innovative leadership in building workforce capacity and capability Ruth Greene
  2. Dependent Independence – A new paradigm in the care and support of people living with dementia Dr Julie Christie
  3. Stronger Together – Culture change through a partnership approach Caroline Horlock



Afternoon tea and Exhibition

Plenary: Making the Impossible Possible; Palliative Care and Dementia Professor Luc Deliens, Baroness Ilora Finlay, Professor Rod McLeod and a panel member living with dementia

‘Making the Impossible Possible; Palliative Care and Dementia’ brings together a panel quite literally from across the world, with Professor Luc Deliens from Belgium and from Wales, Baroness Ilora Finlay, Professor Rod McLeod from New Zealand and from Australia our panel member with dementia (to be announced).

The panel will consider the realities of current palliative care for people with dementia. What does good palliative care actually mean, where is it happening well for people with dementia and what can we learn from this? From insights and innovations in practice to the challenges that people with dementia and their families have faced when the right support is not in place, we will address misconceptions and debate what autonomy and decision making really mean at the end of life.

4.45pm day one close

Cocktails & Canapés at Zeta Bar from 5:15pm (Additional event)