PlenarY SPEAKERS

    More exciting speakers are added every week. Sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear as we announce our full program.

    Chris Nowinski

    Dr. Chris Nowinski

    USA

    Changing the game: Minimising head trauma in sport

    Dr. Nowinski is a neuroscientist, former professional wrestler and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. He is leading a global conversation on concussions, CTE and the future of sports.

    Nova Peris

    Nova Peris OAM OLY

    Australia

    First Nations and dementia: A voice for spiritual and cultural well-being

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

    Jason van Genderen

    Jason van Genderen

    Australia

    Letting go bravely with love

    Jason is a creative agitator and digital storyteller. He is a Director of Treehouse Creative, Oma’s Applesauce Productions and Founder of his new storytelling training arm, StickyStory.Co.

    Maggie Beer AO

    Maggie Beer AO

    Australia

    Maggie Beer is not just an Australian food icon, she’s an essential ingredient in any discussion about food and flavour. In 2014 she established the Maggie Beer Foundation with the belief that beautiful, seasonal food that gives pleasure and goodness is the key to well-being of residents in Aged Care.

    Dr. Makarena Dudley

    Dr. Makarena Dudley

    New Zealand

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

    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

    Canada

    First Nations and dementia: A voice for spiritual and cultural well-being

    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.

    Prof Craig Ritchie

    Professor Craig Ritchie

    Scotland, UK

    Prevent dementia: The latest global thinking and research

    Prof Craig Ritchie is the Chair of the Psychiatry of Ageing and Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh.

    Dementia Conference_Professor_Susan_Kurrle

    Professor Susan Kurrle

    Australia

    Prof Kurrle is a geriatrician and Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People at the University of Sydney, and Geriatrician and Clinical Director of the Division of Rehabilitation and Aged Care at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Health Service.

    John Sutherland speaking at an event

    John Sutherland

    Australia

    Brave new world in the age of AI technology

    John was recognised as the Australian Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Year in 2020, acknowledging his role leading Ramsay Health Care through the COVID-19 pandemic response. He is currently CIO of HammondCare.

    Tom Stevens

    Tom Stevens

    USA

    Brave new world in the age of AI technology

    Tom Stevens is the CEO and Co-founder of Tombot, Inc., a company creating hyper-realistic robotic companion animals that people living with dementia around the world love.

    Tully Smyth

    Tully Smyth

    Australia

    Hope in a world of goodbyes: Why palliative care in dementia is unique

    Tully is a social media influencer, journalist and podcast host.

    Mike Baird

    Mike Baird

    Australia

    Hope in a world of goodbyes: Why palliative care in dementia is unique

    Mike is the CEO of HammondCare. He has previously held leadership roles at National Australia Bank and served as the 44th Premier of NSW from 2014 - 2017.

    Professor John Swinton

    Professor John Swinton

    Scotland, UK

    What does it mean to be present with someone?: Time, care, love and homefullness

    Professor Swinton is a Scottish theologian and a leader in the field of disability theology. He is a Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care at the University of Aberdeen.

    Kate Hawkins

    Kate Hawkins

    Australia

    When behaviour changes our terra firma: What has the Australian experience taught us?

    Kate is the Group Manager of Residential Aged Care and Retirement Living for Anglicare Southern Queensland.

    Associate Professor Steve MacFarlane

    Associate Professor Steve Macfarlane

    Australia

    When behaviour changes our terra firma: What has the Australian experience taught us?  

    A/Prof Macfarlane is Head of Clinical Services for Dementia Support Australia.

    Dementia Conference_Robert Day Web

    Robert Day

    Australia

    When behaviour changes our terra firma: What has the Australian experience taught us?  

    Robert is Assistant Secretary responsible for the Dementia, Diversity and Design branch at the Commonwealth Department of Health.