Wendy Hall has worked in the areas of health and aged care for over 25 years and is the Director and founder of Dementia Doulas International. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing, a Diploma of Applied Science (Ambulance Studies), a Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training and a Certificate IV in Celebrancy. Wendy has worked within a diverse range of settings including the acute care, pre-hospital, community & residential sectors. Having worked as a Registered Nurse and Paramedic and within her current roles in dementia education and Celebrancy, Wendy has seen the impact of dementia in a diversity of settings. She has spent many years supporting individuals, their families and staff with the effects this impact brings. Her passion for advocacy ensures that she is driven to be the voice for those without one. This passion is her driving force behind the development of the Dementia Doula role.
Through a unique set of circumstances, the creation of the Dementia Doula role evolved. A long overdue role that would stand by the side of family or friends and ultimately the person themselves. A role that would give passionate people an opportunity to do more. A role through which to educate, support, influence and create a community of connection and compassion. A role that ensures the final months or years are experienced in true comfort and peace – and that no one dies alone. Her role in the development of training for emerging Dementia Doulas utilises her interactive approach by challenging mindsets and encouraging a different way of thinking. Her goal is to influence the palliative care space so that no one goes it alone.