First Nations and dementia: A voice for spiritual and cultural wellbeing

    Day 2  |  PLENARY  |  9.30am - 10.15am*
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    First Nations people around the world have unique needs related to their culture, beliefs, their communities and their connection to place. These nations’ voices have rarely been heard and services have not always been developed with them in mind or tailored to their needs and perspectives. There is significant learning to be made from our global First Nations communities that will both challenge and focus us back at the core of what it truly means to be in relationship-based care.

    We bring together a global panel with experience and learning both shared and diverse, as we hear voices from Canada, New Zealand and Australia and bring the words, meanings and challenges facing these communities to our conference.


    Tony Armstrong grew up in rural NSW and is a proud Gamilaroi man. He played AFL for Adelaide, Collingwood and Sydney, and has established an award-winning career in Australian sports media.

    A/Prof Steve Macfarlane
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    *Please note that session timings may be subject to change.


    Nova Peris

    Nova Peris OAM OLY

    Nova Peris OAM OLY is an Olympic Gold Medalist, a Commonwealth Champion and the first Aboriginal woman elected to Federal Parliament.

    Makarena Dudley

    Dr Makarena Dudley
    New Zealand

    Dr. Makarena Dudley, (Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngati Kahu), is a Clinical Neuropsychologist and Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland conducting research with Māori, the Indigenous people of Aotearoa, and mate wareware (dementia).

    Wendy Hulko

    Dr Wendy Hulko

    Dr. Wendy Hulko is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University. She has worked with older adults for over 25 years as a care aide, hospital social worker, government policy advisor, educator, and researcher.