People with Dementia & Carers

Our International Dementia Conference provides support to enable people with dementia and family carers to attend. People with dementia have informed the ways we support their conference experience over many years, and this will be no different in 2018 when we will have a number of supports in place.

For example, delegates with dementia and carers have requested a second room in addition to the 'Chill-Out Room' that we have offered at previous conferences. Consequently, in 2018 we are delighted to be able to also offer the 'What’s Happening Room' which will enable people with dementia and carers to catch up with friends and plan your conference activities.

We are also aware that conference venues can be challenging to navigate for everyone, including people with dementia. We are therefore pleased to offer a ‘How Can I Help’ person available to support you at all times during the conference.

We welcome any questions you may have about attending our conference, but some commonly asked questions are:

Can I submit a paper?

Yes! In addition to invited speakers with dementia and speakers who are carers, we encourage you to submit a paper under our themes. Your paper can be about research, or about experiences, stories and your views. Sometimes people don’t submit papers because they need a little help to develop their thinking and concepts on a paper. You may also find the submission process too complicated. If you need help in any way, including development and upload of your submission, just give us a call and one of the team will be happy to help.

Will people with dementia and carers be presenting?

Yes! Although you may not always hear about all our speakers in advance of the advertised program. That is because we recognise that a person with dementia may not want to be promoted as a presenter until nearer the time of the conference. Respecting privacy and confidentiality is also important, and as such we do not always identify if a person has dementia in the program.

How can I get support to attend?

Our conference includes a significantly discounted rate to enable people with dementia and carers to attend. We recognise that this may still be a barrier to attending, and if so, the most important thing is to contact us. We do have a budget available to support people to attend which is determined on an individual basis, but some things to note are:

  • We seek to support delegates coming from different parts of Australia
  • We prioritise support for people who have not attended a conference of this type before

A ‘How Can I Help’ person will be available at all times to ensure we provide additional support to enhance your experience as a delegate or speaker.

If you have any questions at all about how we can support you as a person with dementia or family carer to attend the International Dementia Conference, please don’t hesitate to phone our conference team on +61 2 8437 7355, or send us an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..