SPEAKERS

    Plenary speakers

    Dr 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.

    Maggie Beer AO

    Maggie Beer AO

    Australia

    Cooking up a storm for change at the aged care kitchen table

    Maggie Beer is an Australian food icon. In 2014 she established the Maggie Beer Foundation with the belief that beautiful, seasonal food that gives pleasure and goodness is the key to the wellbeing of residents in Aged Care.

    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.

    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.

    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

    The Brain Health Movement: A paradigm shift to cure Alzheimer’s disease?

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

    Tony Armstrong

    Tony Armstrong

    Australia

    Changing the game: Minimising head trauma in sport (Panel)

    Tony Armstrong grew up in rural NSW and is a proud Gamilaroi man. He played AFL for Adelaide, Collingwood and Sydney, and has established an award-winning career in Australian sports media.

    Angela Deacon

    Angela Deacon

    Australia

    Changing the game: Minimising head trauma in sport (Panel)

    Angela Deacon has a grounding in elite combat sports, having an extensive athletic career over two decades. She is the Director of Combat Australia.

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    Professor Susan Kurrle

    Australia

    The world transformed by my dementia diagnosis: In conversation with Prof Sue Kurrle

    Prof Susan 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.

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    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.

    Bobby Redman

    Bobby Redman

    Australia

    Brave new world in the age of AI technology

    Bobby Redman is a retired psychologist. After being diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia in 2015, she became a dementia advocate, taking every opportunity to educate the public and professional community in her quest to improve the lives of those living with dementia.

    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.

    Susan Ryan

    Susan Ryan

    USA

    Covid and the cottage model of care

    Susan Ryan is the Senior Director of The Greenhouse Project, a not-for-profit organisation that seeks to destigmatise aging and humanise care through the creation of radically non-institutional eldercare environments that empower the lives of people who live and work in them.

    Angela Raguz

    Angela Raguz

    Australia

    Covid and the cottage model of care

    Angela Raguz is an Australian leader in dementia care, both in residential and ‘at home’ care. As Chief Operating and Risk Officer for the Dementia Centre, Angela is involved in the planning and start-up of new services, and oversees Quality Safety and Risk across the organisation.

    Prof Chris Poulos

    Professor Chris Poulos

    Australia

    Covid and the cottage model of care

    Prof Chris Poulos is a consultant physician in rehabilitation medicine and Head of Research & Aged Care Clinical Services for HammondCare.

    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.

    A/Prof 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.

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    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.

    Lynne Sewell

    Lynne Sewell

    Australia

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

    I am the wife of Rick Sewell, married for 48 years. He is now diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia and Fronto Temporal Dementia. I am his primary carer and advocate.

    Prof Andrew Cole

    Professor Andrew Cole

    Australia

    Cooking up a storm for change at the aged care kitchen table

    Prof Andrew Cole is the Chief Medical Officer and Rehabilitation Medicine Senior Staff Specialist at HammondCare.

    Concurrent SPEAKERS

    William Yeates
    AUS

    William Yeates was diagnosed with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease in 2019 at the age of 59. He shares his experience competing in swimming and surf lifesaving, and finding a new perspective on life along the way.

    Donna Lee
    Western Sydney Dementia Alliance, AUS

    Donna Lee is an active member of the community and her Church, and an advocate for people living with dementia.

    Diane Cross
    Anglicare Community Services, AUS

    Diane Cross is a social worker who has nine years' experience working with people living with dementia and their support persons.

    Janet Mitchell
    Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, AUS

    During her PhD candidature, Janet Mitchell cared for her husband with younger onset dementia. Janet's primary research interests are relational person-centred care and reablement.

    DAY 1  |  CONCURRENT STREAM B

    Facing the future through innovation and change

    Dr Meredith Gresham
    University of New South Wales, AUS

    Dr Meredith Gresham is an Occupational Therapist with 35 years of clinical and research experience focusing on improving the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

    Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton
    University of Salford, UK

    Dr Natalie Yates-Bolton is a senior lecturer in Nursing. Her PhD study explored enhancing meaning and purpose in care home life. Natalie teaches post-graduate and under-graduate nurses. 

    Kym Torresi
    Speech Pathology Australia, AUS

    Kym Torresi is the Senior Advisor Aged Care at Speech Pathology Australia, the national professional association for speech pathologists in Australia. 

    Tom Gauci
    Dementia Support Australia, AUS

    Tom Gauci is a Team Leader with Dementia Support Australia. Tom has a clinical background in speech pathology with over 9 years’ experience working with people living with dementia.

    Holly Markwell
    The Dementia Centre, AUS

    Holly Markwell is a National Program Manager for The Dementia Centre, HammondCare with an extensive background in learning and development.

    Leanne Emerson
    Dementia Australia, AUS

    Leanne Emerson is the Executive Director Services and Business Development at Dementia Australia, following 22 years of service to the organisation including various leadership roles.

    Kirsty Burkinshaw
    DSA, AUS

    Kirsty Burkinshaw is National Program Manager at Dementia Support Australia (DSA). 
    She is a registered Occupational Therapist with a Master of Public Health (Research).

    Dr Madeleine Healy
    DSA, AUS

    Dr Madeleine Healy is a geriatrician and general physician in Victoria, Australia. Madeleine has a special interest in supporting people living with dementia, and works clinically across Monash Health and HammondCare.

    Jason Burton
    Dementia Training Australia, AUS

    Jason Burton trained as a Mental Health Nurse in the UK where he specialised in post diagnostic pathways and younger onset dementia. He has specialised in supporting people living with dementia and their families for over 30 years.

    Dr Mustafa Atee
    HammondCare, AUS

    Dr Mustafa Atee is a Research and Practice Lead (Team Leader) at The Dementia Centre/HammondCare. His PhD led to the development, validation, implementation and commercialisation of PainChek®, an artificial intelligence-powered pain assessment medical device for people living with dementia.

    Erin McKellar
    University of Sydney, AUS

    Erin McKellar is an Australian vocalist, songwriter and composer. She is currently undergoing her Doctorate of Musical Arts at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

    Tanya Atkinson
    Wintringham, AUS

    Tanya Atkinson has a Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice, with a background in psychology, and has worked with older people experiencing homelessness for over 16 years.

    Louise Devereux
    Wintringham, AUS

    Louise Devereux is a Division 1 Registered Nurse with a Masters of Health Administration. Louise has broad health care experience in public health, state government and the not for profit sector.

    Ella Modini
    Swinburne University, AUS

    Ella Modini is a Provisional Psychologist and a Doctor of Psychology (clinical and forensic) candidate. Ella has over 8 years' experience working with people living with dementia and carers.

    Theresa Flavin
    Older Persons Advocacy Network, AUS

    Diagnosed with dementia in her mid-forties, Theresa Flavin has used her lived experience to help clinicians, researchers and the community better understand dementia.

    DAY 1  |  CONCURRENT STREAM E

    Partnering for the better: University of Sydney

    Dr Mouna Sawan
    University of Sydney, AUS

    Dr Mouna Sawan is a registered accredited pharmacist and researcher with a passion for improving the care of older people. 

    Professor Simon Lewis
    University of Sydney, AUS

    Prof Simon Lewis is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sydney and an NHMRC Leadership Fellow. 

    Professor Yun-Hee Jeon
    University of Sydney, AUS

    Prof Yun-Hee Jeon is a registered nurse, academic and leading Australian researcher in psychogeriatrics and gerontology.

    Professor Sharon Naismith
    University of Sydney, AUS

    Prof Sharon Naismith is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, NHMRC Dementia Leadership Fellow and holds the Leonard P Ullman Chair in Psychology at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.

    DAY 2  |  CONCURRENT STREAM A

    Shaping the workforce in a new world

    Dr Frankie Greenwood
    University of Edinburgh, UK

    Dr Frankie Greenwood has a strong interest in how connections develop in creative ways between people with and without the ability to use words to communicate.

    Professor Brendan McCormack
    Queen Margaret University, UK

    Prof Brendan McCormack's work focuses on person-centred practice, gerontological nursing, and practice development, with a special interest in arts and creativity in healthcare research.

    Linda Justin
    University of Technology Sydney, AUS

    Linda Justin has held a variety of senior management and executive roles in health and human services, in the NGO, public and private sectors. Linda is currently a Doctoral Student in Health Service Management.

    Pat Garcia
    Catholic Healthcare, AUS

    Pat Garcia is the CEO of Catholic Health Australia, the largest not-for-profit grouping of health and aged care services in Australia. He is a lawyer, policy expert and political strategist who has worked in all three levels of government.

    Sarah McLelland
    Aged Care Workforce Industry Council, AUS

    Sarah McLelland has over 15 years’ experience in the Australian Public Service, working across aged care, disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. She is currently Interim CEO of the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council.

    Paul Sadler
    Aged & Community Care Providers Association, AUS

    Paul Sadler is Interim CEO of Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), the national peak body representing providers of residential and home care services and retirement living.

    DAY 2  |  CONCURRENT STREAM B

    Beyond complex care in dementia

    Cathy Wynn
    Garrawarra Centre, AUS

    Cathy Wynn is the Nurse Manager for Staff Education and Clinical Practice at Garrawarra Centre, a residential aged care home owned by NSW Health and part of SESLHD. She has a strong interest in education and dementia care.

    Dr Nicola Hogan
    Eastern Health, AUS

    Dr Nicola Hogan is a 2nd year Geriatric Medicine Advanced Trainee currently working in Victoria. She completed her Basic Physician Training and 1st year of Geriatric Training at Eastern Health.

    Melissa Reader
    Violet, AUS

    Melissa Reader is the Chief Executive Officer of Violet, an Australian not-for-profit providing free support through the last stage of life, and the grief that accompanies it.

    Professor Melanie Lovell
    HammondCare, AUS

    Prof Melanie Lovell is a Palliative Medicine Physician and Senior Staff Specialist with HammondCare. She currently works in the Greenwich Community Palliative Care service.

    Professor Josephine Clayton
    HammondCare, AUS

    Prof Josephine Clayton is a Palliative Medicine Physician at HammondCare’s Greenwich Hospital and Professor of Palliative Care, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.

    Jon San Martin
    HammondCare, AUS

    Jon San Martin is a Registered Nurse with experience working in residential aged care and the specialist palliative care services. He is currently working as the Clinical Nurse Consultant for The Advance Project.

    Dr Ineka Whiteman
    Batten Disease Support and Research Association (BDSRA), AUS

    Dr Ineka Whiteman is the Head of Research and Medical Affairs at BDSRA Australia, a not-for-profit organisation providing family support, education and research funding for Batten disease, one of the most common childhood dementias.

    Megan Donnell
    Childhood Dementia Initiative, AUS

    Megan Donnell is founder and CEO of the Childhood Dementia Initiative and is mother of two children who have childhood dementia caused by Sanfilippo Syndrome.

    Suzanne Nevin
    University of New South Wales, AUS

    Suzanne Nevin currently works as a researcher investigating the psychosocial impacts of paediatric neuro-genetic disease at the Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

    Professor Hisayuki Shimoyama
    DOHO University, JPN

    Prof Hisayuki Shimoyama is a Professor at DOHO University in Japan. Majoring in Sociology, Prof Shimoyama's research field examines long-term care facilities.

    Associate Professor Atsushi Ushida
    DOHO University, JPN

    A/Prof Atsushi Ushida is an Associate Professor at DOHO University in Japan. His major is care and welfare.

    Associate Professor Akiyo Itoh
    DOHO University, JPN

    A/Prof Akiyo Itoh is an Associate Professor at DOHO University in Japan. Her major is nursing care.

    Wendy Hall
    Dementia Doulas International, AUS

    Wendy Hall has worked in health and aged care for over 25 years. She is the Director and founder of Dementia Doulas International and author of Dementia can’t take everything! and The Dementia Doula.

    Mustafa Atee
    HammondCare, AUS

    Dr Mustafa Atee is a Research and Practice Lead (Team Leader) at The Dementia Centre/HammondCare. His PhD led to the development, validation, implementation and commercialisation of PainChek®, an artificial intelligence-powered pain assessment medical device for people living with dementia.

    DAY 2  |  CONCURRENT STREAM D

    Building a brave and engaging world

    Tara McDonald
    Tmac Support And Engagement, AUS

    Tara McDonald is a dementia advocate and is the Australian representative and mentor for Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care model.

    Dr Zara Thompson
    The University of Melbourne, AUS

    Dr Zara Thompson is a research fellow and music therapist at The University of Melbourne. Her clinical and research interest relates to using music to support people living with dementia and their care-partners.

    Professor Felicity Baker
    The University of Melbourne, AUS

    Prof Felicity Baker is Professor of Music Therapy and Associate Dean (Research) for the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne. 

    Daniela Kaiser
    Allen Jack + Cottier, AUS

    Daniela Kaiser is an interior architect working in the aged care sector. She has been closely affiliated with the Dementia Services Development Centre (University of Sterling), delivering DSDC accredited projects.

    Paul Huxtable
    Allen Jack + Cottier, AUS

    Paul Huxtable is a Registered Architect with over 40 years’ experience in the documentation and construction management of large-scale multifaceted projects.

    Jonathan Chew
    Bickerton Masters, AUS

    Jonathan Chew is an Associate at architecture firm Bickerton Masters. He combines strengths in people management and story-telling to create with a ‘design through understanding’ ethos.

    Adrian Rivalland
    Bickerton Masters, AUS

    Based in Melbourne, Australia, Adrian Rivalland leads an energetic, diverse studio that centres around a supportive and inclusive environment.