Day 1

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8:50   Dr Stephen Judd - Welcome and opening remarks

9:00  The Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP - Official Opening

9:20  A/Prof Colm Cunningham - Chair Opening

9:25  Agnes Houston MBE - Agent Houston Reports from the Field (via video link)

9:35  Professor Craig Ritchie - Preventing Dementia: False Promise or True Progress?

10:15 Jane Halton and Dr Stephen Judd - CDC: Fact or Fantasy (chaired by Leigh Hatcher)

10:45  Morning Tea (Levels 3 & 4)

11:15  Professor Maria Crotty and Dr Emmanuel Gnanamanickam - The Devil is in the Detail – The True Cost of Care

11:45  Professor Sheena S. Iyengar - The Power of Choice

12:30  Lunch (Levels 3 & 4)

13:45 Concurrent Sessions (Level 2)

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? Merridy Schofield
  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



15:15  Afternoon Tea (Levels 3 & 4)

15:45 Professor Luc Deliens, Baroness Ilora Finlay, Professor Rod McLeod and Merle - Making the Impossible Possible; Palliative Care and 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.

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.

16:30  Close

16:45  Cocktails & Canapes (Zeta Bar) - ticketed event