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International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
International Dementia Conference
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Tully Smyth

Podcast, Journalist and Social Media Influencer


Professional Bio

Tully is a social media influencer, journalist and podcast host with 15+ years communications experience in the journalism, advertising, PR and marketing fields. Visual content creator, media personality and writer, Tully has previously written for Marie Claire, FHM and She now pens her own travel and social commentary blog at Young Blood Runs Wild. As a TV personality & writer translating the world of pop culture through a social media lens. She has appeared on Big Brother, been a “Generation Y panelist” on Channel 9’s Mornings as well as a presenter for various online travel series. Tully has a Bachelor of Communication, Journalism and print from Charles Sturt University. She also has studied Strategic Planning Principles and Advertising at AdSchool.

Tully was 14 years old when her mother, Kay, was diagnosed with younger onset dementia. Her brothers were only thirteen and nine. Kay was 51 at the time, and had become increasingly forgetful and distressed. Eventually she was diagnosed and Tully’s father quit his job to become her full time carer. Tully speaks openly about the impact the diagnosis, dementia, and her care had on her and the family. Up until her death in July 2019, Tully’s mother hadn't recognised her since she was 19, which is something Tully says made her feel incredibly alone. Because Tully was so young when her mum fell ill, a lot of her memories are of her with the disease. In a blog on her website Young Blood Runs Wild, Tully gives an insight into what caring for her mum in her final days was like.

Dementia is currently the second leading cause of death in Australia – and raising awareness and money for the disease has become Tully’s focus as her family grieves.

Tully's Presentations

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22 September 2020 1:45 pm
Plenary Room
Carers in conversation: Tomorrow might be better

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