Program Grid

Pre-conference workshops

Tuesday 17th October 2017

9.30am – 12.30pm Workshop 1 Creating MemoryCare Communities: a new model of dementia care Dr Cameron Camp, Director of Research, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Ohio USA

Workshop will cover:

  • creating resident-driven communities
  • creating culture change within memory care
  • creating family resource centres and training
  • organising productive and positive family engagement.
9.30am – 12.30pm Workshop 2 This workshop will introduce participants to use the VIPS framework of person-centred care to assist participants to develop excellence in dementia care. Prof Dawn Brooker, Director Association for Dementia Studies University of Worcester

It will demonstrate how the VIPS framework:

  • promotes best practice in dementia care in residential aged care facilities
  • facilitates reflection on current practice
  • encourages sharing of experience across different providers
  • supports planning for change.


Prof Dawn Brooker,
Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

Dr Sam Davis,
Senior Lecturer in Applied Gerontology, Flinders University, South Australia.

9.30am – 3.30pm Workshop 3 The Validation Breakthrough Naomi Feil, Developer of the Validation Method

This workshop will present Validation principles and techniques. Participants will learn how to recognise the four phases of Resolution. They are:

  • walk in the shoes of the older person living with dementia
  • restore dignity
  • increase verbal behaviours
  • decrease aggression and withdrawal inward.

You will learn how to prevent burnout, and some ways of preparing for your own old age.

1.30pm – 4.30pm Workshop 4 This workshop will introduce participants to use the VIPS framework of person-centred care to assist participants to develop excellence in dementia care. Prof Dawn Brooker, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

It will demonstrate how the VIPS framework:

  • promotes best practice in dementia care in residential aged care facilities
  • facilitates reflection on current practice
  • encourages sharing of experience across different providers
  • supports planning for change.


Prof Dawn Brooker,
Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

Dr Sam Davis,
Senior Lecturer in Applied Gerontology, Flinders University, South Australia.

*Please note this workshop is a repeat from Workshop 2
1.30pm – 4.30pm Workshop 5 How to raise issues about the service being provided and maintain a constructive relationship with providers Debra Nicholls, Elder Rights Advocacy

This interactive workshop is designed for carers with a family member receiving services from an aged care provider. The workshop is presented by Elder Rights Advocacy, an independent organisation funded by the Department of Health to provide free and confidential advocacy support as part of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program.

Participants will learn how to:

  • identify consumer’s rights
  • document the issues and concerns to be addressed
  • identify the outcome you are seeking
  • identify the approach to raise your issues
  • identify who to contact to get the most effective response
  • to get further support from advocacy to raise your concerns
  • identify where to take issues if they are not resolved.

The focus will be on maintaining (and improving) the relationship between family carers and provider management and staff, while having concerns appropriately resolved for the consumer.

The workshops have limited spaces and are an additional cost – you can register for these at the time of registration.

Be the change

Wednesday 18 October 2017

7.30am Registration desk open
8.45am – 9.00am Welcome To Country
9.00am – 9.10am Welcome Alzheimer's Australia National Perspective Maree McCabe, CEO Alzheimer's Australia

National Perspective and invitation to Christine Bryden to officially open the conference

9.10am – 9.40am  Official Conference Opening People living with dementia, can we be the change we need? Christine Bryden, Author and Dementia Advocate

When people living with dementia become part of the change, it provides better insight into how we can live engaging and rewarding lives. We are the experts, and must lead the way to new frontiers in dementia services and support.

People living with dementia began to seek inclusion and participation about two decades ago, having previously been excluded as lacking insight. We became visible, arguing for change, and this in itself challenged the stereotype of dementia. This not only had a big impact on the dementia movement, but on ourselves, and we experienced a strong rehabilitative effect.

We people living with dementia who are clients of dementia research, services and support, claim equal status with others in aiming for a better future. As survivors, we might make you feel uncomfortable, challenging your preconceived ideas, yet we can inspire an innovation in attitudes, leading to programs that can improve the lives of all of us living with dementia, as well as those of our families and supporters.

9.40am – 10.10 am Keynote Speaker What Would It Take to Get an Effective Alzheimer's Drug? Dr Sam Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry (Dual Primaries)
Mount Sinai Chair in Alzheimer's Disease Research, Director, Mount Sinai Center for NFL (National Football League) Neurological Care

This keynote will provide an overview of the current streams of research into treatments for dementia.

10.10am – 10.25am Official Launch Memory, Nostalgia, Empathy: Designing for Dementia Maree McCabe, CEO Alzheimer's Australia, and Anthony Clarke, Director BLOXAS Architecture
10.25am – 10.45am  National President Address Organisational Update Prof Graeme Samuel, AC, National President Alzheimer's Australia
10.50am – 11.20am Morning tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent Blue
11.20am – 11.50am What the... ? Early Onset Dementia at 46 Danielle Thomson, People Promotion Australia
11.50am – 12.20pm Help with Dementia Online Dementia Support website: Who is visiting? Who is reaching out? Who is accessing services? Matilda Page, Alzheimer's Australia Vic
12.20pm – 12.50pm Using the ASPREE Study to advance dementia research Stephanie Ward, Monash University
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent Yellow
11.20am – 11.50am More than words: challenging 'behaviour management' Marie Alford and Jon Benham, Dementia Centre, HammondCare
11.50am – 12.20pm The electronic Pain Assessment Tool (ePAT): A novel pain scale for patients with dementia Mustafa Atee, Curtin University
12.20pm – 12.50pm Sustained Withdrawal of antipsychotic medication is achievable for the majority of long-term care residents experiencing behavioural symptoms of dementia: The HALT Study Tiffany Jessop, UNSW Sydney
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent Orange
11.20am – 11.50am Reframing The Rhetoric Around Dementia Dennis Frost, Southern Dementia Advisory Group
11.50am – 12.20pm The Cultural Hegemony of Dementia Care Dr Sam Davis, Senior Lecturer in Applied Gerontology, Flinders University, South Australia
12.20pm – 12.50pm Building on community strengths: facilitating dementia friendly community conversations Kathleen Doherty, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent Green
11.20am – 11.50am Dealing with Dementia – Important points to Remember Before I Forget (A 'relatively-young' person's perspective!) Sarah Ashton
11.50am – 12.20pm Everyday risk in residential care - the danger of tea Ash Osborne, Alzheimer's Australia WA
12.20pm – 12.50pm Enabling Wellbeing by Providing Choice: Negotiating Risk in Dementia Care Dr Marissa Dickins, RDNS Institute
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent Gray
11.20am – 11.50am How can music benefit people with dementia? Dr Amee Baird, Macquarie University
11.50am – 12.20pm Intergenerational Music Play Project: A Celebration of Musical Connection Between Young and Old Alexandra Morse, Tammy Bromfield, Denise Daly, Munnew Day Centre
12.20pm – 12.50pm Musical memories: Supporting community-dwelling people with dementia and their family caregivers to connect through singing Dr Jeanette Tamplin, University of Melbourne
12.50pm – 1.50pm


Feed Your Senses

Come and experience an interactive, immersive and experiential zone that combines nature and technology

Featured Oral at the Feed Your Senses Dementia Assistance Dogs Improving Quality of Life for People with Younger On-set Dementia Dr Genee Marks, and Prof Keith McVilly, The University of Melbourne Lunchtime screening of Changing Lives Through Freedom and Engagement

Be touched, moved and inspired by this short film which depicts what happens when love is the core operating philosophy in dementia care. Followed by discussion facilitated by the filmmaker Corinne Maunder.

Digital Poster Presentations
1.50pm – 2.00pm Keynote speaker James Nelson

From his experience as a full-time carer for his parents for the last three years, who are both living with dementia, James Nelson hopes to help other carers know that they are not alone.

2.00pm – 2.30pm Keynote speaker There is no us and them. There’s only us: Reflections on the Meeting Centres Support Program Prof Dawn Brooker, Director, Association for Dementia Studies, University of Worcester

There is often little support in local communities for people living with dementia. Prof Brooker had led a UK research program focusing on the Meeting Centres Support Programme, developed in the Netherlands 25 years ago. There are now 144 Meeting Centres in the Netherlands. They provide relatively low-cost, community driven, person-centred support. Prof Brooker's research has led to the setting up of two pilot Meeting Centres in the UK. She will describe how Meeting Centres are established, the adaptation and coping model that underpins them and how they work in practice.

2.30pm – 3.00pm Keynote speaker How do we know it works? Practical outcomes for Montessori approaches to dementia Dr Cameron Camp, Director of Research, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Ohio USA

This presentation will review research which has evaluated the effectiveness of Montessori approaches. Dr Camp will focus on their impact on areas including:

  • the use of medications
  • physical and behavioural changes in residents
  • staff turnover and the number of accidents
  • the families of those with living with dementia.
3.00pm – 3.30pm Keynote speaker Fourteen years on from the Brodaty, Draper, Low triangle Prof Henry Brodaty

In 2003, Prof Brodaty and his fellow researchers proposed a seven-tiered model, or triangle, of service delivery based on the severity and prevalence of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. This ranges from someone with no dementia through tiers of increasingly severe behavioural disturbance. This presentation will explore how our language, thinking and approaches have changed towards behaviours and will suggest what the implications are for practice.

3.30pm – 4.00pm Afternoon tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
4.00pm – 5.30pm Concurrent Blue
4.00pm – 4.30pm Before You Forget: Younger Onset Alzheimer's from a Teenager's Perspective Annie Lawrinson
4.30pm – 5.00pm Exploring the societal factors impacting families living with younger onset dementia Karen Hutchinson, University of Sydney
5.00pm – 5.30pm 15 mins Travel & Dementia: the perspective of two people living with dementia Edie Mayhew and John Quinn 15 mins The Adventure with Dementia - A Risk Worth Taking Natalie Dickie
4.00pm – 5.30pm Workshop Diagnosed with dementia: What's next? Kate Swaffer, Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International

In this interactive session, participants review what the best next steps are for people with dementia and their families following the diagnosis of dementia. It is focused towards support for people with an earlier stage dementia, but the pathway of care being reviewed is applicable to anyone living with dementia, and those supporting them, including health care professionals.

4.00pm – 5.30pm Workshop Enabling Environment Bridget Howes, BlueCross Community and Residential Services

A design discussion: BlueCross Ivanhoe a marriage between the Dementia Design Principles and community, expectations of interior designs.

Home2Home – small neighbourhoods enabling residents to flourish Ann Lafferty, Lifeview Residential Care Bupa Aged Care's Community Kitchen concept Margaret Ryan, Bupa Aged Care Australia Designing dementia enabling, aged appropriate housing in rural WA Ash Osborne, Alzheimer's Australia WA
4.00pm – 5.30pm Workshop Thinking like a detective: effectively responding to behaviours of unmet need Dr Cameron Camp

Some of those needs include the need to:

  • focus on the cause of behaviour, not just treat symptoms
  • understand that people living with dementia are acting normally given their circumstances
  • involve people living with dementia in formulating interventions.

Dr Camp will also provide a formula for discovering causes and matching to evidence-based behavioural interventions

4.00pm – 5.30pm Workshop How to set up and run a Local Meeting Centre Support Program Prof Dawn Brooker

This session follows on from the keynote presentation. It will discuss Meeting Centres in more depth. The Dutch model will be considered in an Australian context.

5.30pm – 7.00pm Keynote Ita Buttrose AO OBE, Alzheimer's Australia National Ambassador

Welcome drinks and networking

Thursday 19 October 2017

8.00am Registration desk open
8.45am – 9.15am Opening address Kate Swaffer, Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International

This presentation outlines how consumers can initiate the change in the way services and supports are provided to people living with dementia, based on human rights and meaningful access to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Through a human rights lens, her presentation will highlight some of the issues we will all be facing to ensure care, services and support are aligned with the new WHO Global Action Plan: A Public Health Response to Dementia, and to guarantee the opportunities from the move to consumer-directed care are truly effective for consumers.

9.15am – 9.45am Keynote speaker Validation: A Holistic Model Naomi Feil, Developer of the Validation Method

This presentation will show you how to tune into the inner world of the older person living with dementia and to see with their mind's eye.

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9.45am – 10.15am Keynote speaker Rehabilitation for people living with dementia: a practical framework for enablement Prof Linda Clare, Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health at the University of Exeter

This presentation will describe the development of cognitive rehabilitation interventions for people living with dementia, discuss the benefits of this approach, and consider the prospects for integrating a rehabilitation perspective into support services.

10.15am – 10.45am Keynote speaker Recognising and responding to pain in people living with dementia Prof Susan Kurrle, Geriatric Medicine at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital and at Batemans Bay Hospital

This presentation will explore key considerations in improving practice around recognising and responding to pain effectively for the person living with dementia. Prof Kurrle will use case studies to illustrate the issues.

10.45am – 11.15am Morning tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
11.15am – 12.45pm Concurrent Blue
11.15am – 11.45am Supporting the proxy who decides on behalf of a person with dementia Dr Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh, ACEBAC, La Trobe University
11.45am – 12.15pm Substitute or supported decision-making? Learning from the lived experiences of people with dementia and their carers to guide practice, policy and law reform Dr Craig Sinclair, University of Western Australia
12.15pm – 12.45pm Happier, healthier, more connected lives through Community Circles Cath Barton, Community Circles, Stockport, United Kingdom
11.15am – 12.45pm Concurrent Yellow
11.15am – 11.45am The Lovell Foundation Younger Onset Dementia Toolkit Russell Field and Graeme Brough

The session will comprise an interview style approach between two current Lovell Foundation members, who were key players in the creation of the Scholarship and subsequent development of the eBooklet. The segment will focus on the varied history of a typical person with Younger Onset Dementia, and provide an insight into the life and challenges that living with YOD presents.

11.45am – 12.15pm Changing the Dementia Diagnosis Mindset in Primary Care Anne Parkinson, The Australian National University
12.15pm – 12.45pm Impact of a virtual dementia experience on medical and pharmacy students' knowledge, attitudes and self-reported behaviour toward people with dementia. Dr Julia Gilmartin-thomas, Monash University
11.15am – 12.45pm Workshop Pain management for people living with dementia: an exploration of current issues and opportunities for enhancing the implementation of best practice Dr Sharon Andrews, Dr Sue Hunt

This workshop will examine issues associated with pain management for people living with dementia in residential aged care services and will complement the plenary session provided by Prof Susan Kurrle.

The presenters will enable participants to explore key barriers and enablers to the implementation of best-practice pain management.

11.15am – 12.45pm Workshop Enabling people with early-stage dementia through goal-setting Prof Linda Clare

Cognitive rehabilitation aims to enable people living with early-stage dementia to maintain their independence. The first step is to identify personal goals that are meaningful, relevant and achievable. In our recent trial, 475 people living with dementia worked to identify personally meaningful goals. Participants learned problem-solving approaches, considered possible solutions, and applied evidence-based strategies to manage difficulties or learn new skills in real life settings. This workshop will explore the kinds of goals that participants chose and their motivations.

11.15am – 12.45pm Workshop Validation: The Final Life Struggle Naomi Feil, Developer of the Validation Method

How to apply Validation techniques to older people living with dementia who exhibit behaviours of unmet need. Learn the reasons behind their behaviour.

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12.45pm – 1.45pm Lunch Lunchtime screening of Building a Culture of Love

Be touched, moved and inspired by this short film which depict what happens when love is the core operating philosophy in dementia care. Followed by discussion facilitated by the filmmaker Corinne Maunder.

Digital Poster Presentations
1.45pm – 2.00pm Keynote and video presentation Bigger Hearts campaign Ballarat Anne Tudor and Edie Mayhew, Dementia Advocates
2.00pm – 3.00pm Panel discussion Risk, rights, and autonomy Panel includes: Madeline Gall, CEO Lifeview, Nick Ryan, CEO Australian Aged Care Quality Agency, Aged Care provider, David Leggatt, Partner DLA Piper, and Anne Fairhall.
Panel facilitated by Dr Susan Koch, Conjoint Prof of Practice, Faculty of Health and Medicine University of Newcastle, Adj Assoc Prof University of Sydney Medical School, Adj Principal Research Fellow
3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
3.30pm – 5.00pm Concurrent Blue
3.30pm – 4.00pm Ward 3B: The critical role of the consumer voice in being the change - designing a hospital ward for people living with cognitive impairment Suzanne Michaels, Caboolture Hospital
4.00pm – 4.30pm National Evaluation of the Dementia Care in Hospitals Program Assoc Prof Mark Yates, Ballarat Health Services, Deakin University
4.30pm – 5.00pm Implementing a Hospital Dementia and Delirium Care with Volunteers Program Catherine Bateman, Southern NSW Local Health District
3.30pm – 5.00pm Concurrent Yellow
3.30pm – 4.00pm Life Before Death with Lewy Body Dementia Trevor Crosby
4.00pm – 4.30pm Working with you to "be the change" - Dementia reablement guidelines to support function in people with mild to moderate dementia Claire O'Connor, HammondCare
4.30pm – 5.00pm Implementing and evaluating touchscreen tablets to support people with dementia in residential care to participate in meaningful activities. Jodie Swan, North Western Mental Health A better visit: Designing innovative apps to enable social activity between older people living with dementia and their loved ones in a residential care setting Dr Sonja Pedell, Swinburne University of Technology
3.30pm – 5.00pm Concurrent Orange
3.30pm – 4.00pm Barriers and Facilitators of Consumer Directed Care in Residential Aged Care Facilities Prof Marita McCabe, Institute for Health and Ageing, ACU
4.00pm – 4.30pm MDHS - A Journey of choice Terry Welch, CEO, and Nickola Allan Director of Clinical Services, Maryborough District Health Service
4.30pm – 5.00pm Changing responses to responsive behaviours on a national scale Prof Richard Fleming, Dementia Training Australia
3.30pm – 5.00pm Concurrent Green
3.30pm – 4.00pm Dementia and Masculinity. John Quinn
4.00pm – 4.30pm Man help: how a men's group program helps male carers create understanding, connection and acceptance in their caring role. Bernard Silva and Vincent Poisson, Alzheimer's Australia Vic
4.30pm – 5.00pm Tailor Made - a living well model of care for people with younger onset dementia Kelly Quinlan, Dementia Product Manager ACH Group
3.30pm – 5.00pm Workshop Emotional Intelligence workshop Joanne Marriott

What is emotional intelligence and how do you develop it?

5.30pm – 7.00pm 19th annual Libby Harricks Memorial Oration

Dr Piers Dawes from the University of Manchester will give the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration. Age-related hearing loss is a marker of risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This year's oration will explore the relationship between hearing impairment and cognition, including the implications for hearing loss as a biomarker for cognitive well-being and as a causal contributor to cognitive decline and poor quality of life in older age. Effective prevention, identification and management of hearing problems represents an important opportunity to optimise well-being and quality of life in older age.

The oration honours the memory of the first President of Deafness Forum of Australia. For her work on behalf of hearing-impaired people, Libby Harricks was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990.

Information Flyer

Friday 20 October 2017

8.30am Registration desk open
9.00am – 9.15am Opening address Dementia and Spirituality Brace Bateman
9.15am – 9.45am Keynote speaker Leveraging your emotional intelligence to lead change Joanne Marriott

This session describes what emotional intelligence is and how important it is when it leading and experiencing change. How can we as individuals positively contribute to change? How can you as an aged care provider use emotional intelligence to make your service more appealing to clients, or manage and work more effectively with team members? How can carers use emotional intelligence to more effectively meet the challenges they face.

9.45am – 10.30am Panel Discussion A youth perspective on dementia care
10.30am – 11.00am Morning tea
11.00am – 11.30am Keynote Speaker Engaging through Technology Dr Tanya Petrovich

Technology can be used to raise awareness, increase understanding, and improve practice in dementia care. At Alzheimer's Australia Vic, we are using 'Serious Games' those designed for a purpose other than pure entertainment to create immersive learning experiences. For example, The Virtual Dementia Experience™ engages professional and family carers in understanding dementia. Games for mobile phones and tablets are also beneficial. Dementia-friendly design principles are brought to life with a tap of the screen and a change of colour, contrast, or design that illustrate more dementia-friendly choices.

11.30am – 12.00pm Panel discussion Technology and Dementia Panel includes: Prof Rajesh Vasa, Deputy Director Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory, and Jenny Foley, Chief Quality and Risk Officer TLC Healthcare, and Dr Tanya Petrovich, Business Development Manager, Learning and Development Alzheimer's Australia Vic

This panel discussion will explore the opportunities and challenges that advances in technology provide to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

12.00pm – 1.00pm Closing ceremony

Contact Us

If you are living with dementia or caring for someone living with dementia; would like to talk to someone about this conference or have other questions - please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500, or visit the