Dr. Meredith Gresham is an Occupational Therapist with over 35 years clinical and research experience. Her practice has focused on dementia care in residential aged care, hospitals, community, rehabilitation and palliative care settings. She has particular expertise in the design of the physical environment and the use of assistive technology to improve the function and independence of people living with dementia. Her research interests span education and training with family carers of people living with dementia, reablement interventions for people with mild to moderate dementia, development of new service models for older people with very severe and persistent behavioural and psychological symptoms pf dementia, development of evaluation for signage for wayfinding for people with dementia and providing holistic interventions for the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
For 17 years Dr. Gresham worked at HammondCare and in a variety of service development and research roles, most latterly as head of Research and Design for the Dementia Centre. In 2019 she took up co-ordination of the University of NSW led COGNISANCE project, an international consortium aiming for global improvement in the communication of dementia diagnosis and post diagnostic support. Dr. Gresham has authored or co-authored 23 recent peer reviewed or industry magazine articles. She is a regular presenter at national and international conferences. Dr Gresham was called as an expert witness on issues relating to family carers for the Aged Care Quality and Safety Royal Commission.
She is passionate about improving the lives of people with dementia and those that provide support.