Over the years, Kirsty has spent much time with people living with dementia, their families, staff and managers of residential aged care facilities, seeking to understand the issues they face. Kirsty has undertaken a number of study tours in Australia, Europe, Japan and Canada, meeting with older people, staff and architects to explore design and management issues.
Kirsty is the co-author of a number of environmental assessment tools, including the EAT, EAT-HC, EAT-DFC and the Indigenous EAT. She has written or co-authored a number of publications on designing for people with dementia, and has given guest lectures at Swinburne University, RMIT and the University of Melbourne. The Environmental Design Resources that she co-authored is the key resource for the new Aged Care Quality Standard 5.
Kirsty Bennett is a Consulting Architect, and Lead of Dementia Training Australia’s Designing for People with Dementia Service, University of Wollongong. She is also a co-founder of the Evoke Collective Australasia, which is committed to creating enabling environments for older people that support their way of life. Kirsty is currently enrolled in a PhD at Swinburne University exploring the topic: ‘What role does design have to play in encouraging and supporting older people in residential aged care to spend more time outdoors?’