Maree’s career background has involved senior executive positions across the mental health and aged care sectors. In August 2016 Maree was appointed Acting National CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia and has been CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic since 2010. In that time Maree has successfully overseen an 84 per cent increase in staff, driven the development of the multi-award winning Perc Walkley Dementia Learning Centre – a world first multisensory environment for experiential learning in dementia care and has successfully expanded critical dementia support services in regional Victoria including the establishment of multidisciplinary regional hubs in Geelong, Ballarat, Drouin and Bendigo.
Elaine Griffin is the Director of People, Learning & Culture at Scalabrini Village, She has extensive leadership experience in the design and delivery of strategic people, learning and culture solutions in the private, public and not for profit sectors in both the United Kingdom and Australia. She has held senior HR leadership roles within the aged care industry and is passionate about translating organisational strategy into aligned and practical business and HR solutions. Elaine has worked with Boards, executives and teams to deliver transformational change through people. Elaine has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and HR postgraduate qualifications.
Dr Judd has been the Chief Executive HammondCare for two decades. During his tenure, HammondCare has grown significantly from a small organisation serving fewer than 250 clients to one of Australia’s top 50 charities. Today, HammondCare is recognised as a leading provider of dementia care, supporting close to 3,000 aged care residents and clients in NSW and Victoria. It also provides palliative care, rehabilitation and psycho-geriatric care to hundreds of patients through its hospital and community health network. Dr Judd has written books and given presentations on dementia design, the role of charities in Australian society, the rights of older citizens and aged care leadership.
NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre
Susan Kurrle is a geriatrician practising at Hornsby Ku-ring- gai Hospital in northern Sydney and at Batemans Bay Hospital in southern NSW, and she is Director of the Northern Sydney Local Health District Aged Care and Rehabilitation Network. She holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. She has had a long interest in the diagnosis and management of people with dementia, and has developed memory clinics in both urban and rural settings.
In terms of research involvement in dementia, she has led the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre since 2012. This Centre focusses on research and implementation projects dealing particularly with the care aspects of dementia and currently has 30 activities underway. Recent work includes development and dissemination of national clinical guidelines for management of dementia, and implementation of a model of care for people with delirium and dementia in acute hospitals.
Salvation Army Aged Care Plus
Peter is a Registered Nurse who has worked in a number of strategic and operational roles
within the Aged Care Industry. He is currently the Executive Manager – Care Services for the
Salvation Army Aged Care Plus. In addition to his industry roles he has held the position of
Acting Director of the Aged care Complaints Scheme within the Office of Aged Care Quality and Compliance – Queensland State Office, Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA). During this period he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the new Aged Care Complaints Scheme in 2011.
Peter’s experience within both industry and regulatory settings has equipped him with skills in strategic planning from a regulatory and industry perspective based within a risk management framework. This has provided him with the ability to implement sound business judgement and understand that effective strategic decision making involves more than avoiding decision errors.
Alzheimer’s Australia (Queensland)
A former science and technology advisor to Australia’s Prime Minister, Christine was diagnosed with dementia in 1995. She has written four books: Who will I be when I die? Dancing with Dementia, Nothing About Us, Without Us (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and Before I Forget (Penguin Australia), as well as a number of book chapters and journal articles.
Christine was a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease International Board (2003-2006) and Alzheimer’s Australia Consumer Dementia Research Network (2010-2015). She is a member of Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation Scientific Panel, Queensland’s State-wide Dementia Clinical Network Steering Committee, and the Cognitive Impairment Advisory Group of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. Christine is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland, and in 2016 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her advocacy work.
Ian Yates is Chief Executive of COTA Australia, the national peak body for COTAs (Councils on the Ageing) in each State and Territory of Australia. Ian was appointed CE of COTA SA in June 1989 and has played national leadership roles in COTA since 2002.
COTAs are the peak aged consumer organisation in each state and territory and nationally, with thousands of organisational members representing over 500,000 seniors, plus 30,000 individual members.
Ian serves on a wide variety of federal government and aged care sector national bodies. He is a member of the Federal Government’s Aged Care Financing Authority; the Aged Care Sector Committee and the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council of the Aged Care Quality Agency and the Department of Health’s ACFI Monitoring Group. Ian is the COTA representative on the National Aged Care Alliance and its Sponsors Group. He is a Board member of the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) in SA.
Beyond aged care Ian is a member of the Consumer Advisory Panel to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), a Director of Livable Housing Australia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).
Ian is Chair of the Management Committee of the Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA) and serves as a Director of COTA’s Insurance and Membership Services Ltd (IMS).
Ian has previously been a Director of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency and has served on the Consumer Consultative Committee to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), the National Forum on Mature Age Participation, and the former Ageing Consultative Committee to the Federal Minister for Ageing.
Over the last decade Ian has been Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University and Chair of its Strategic Resources Committee and various other Committees; Chair of the Cancer Council SA and a Director of the Cancer Council Australia; Deputy Chair of the Repatriation General Hospital in SA; Deputy Chair of the SA Council of Social Service; Board Member of the Southern Adelaide Health Service; Board Member of the Flinders Medical Centre; and a member of the SA Government’s Health Performance Council.
Ian holds a BA from Flinders University; is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; is an Honorary Doctor and Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University; and was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2005.
Sue Pieters-Hawke is a passionate advocate, acclaimed author and poignant speaker. A vocal contributor to a new and emerging narrative around dementia engagement and care, she has a determination to bringing the ‘consumer’s voice’ to issues associated with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and aged care.
Sue was once dubbed ‘the accidental advocate’ after her mother Hazel was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2001. After caring for Hazel for many years, Sue is now known for her understanding, deep insights, empathy and thoughtful solutions to many issues relating to Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Sue is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia and with Ita Buttrose; she co-chairs the Federal Minister’s Dementia Advisory Forum. With boundless energy, she works tirelessly in the community to raise awareness and advocate for better understanding, reform and acceptance of dementia amongst Australians.
Sue speaks at industry conferences, she also advises aged care providers on imaginative ways to approach dementia and she helps to support, change attitudes and educate carers, families and the supporters of people living with dementia.
Southern Dementia Advisory Group
I was born in country NSW in the mid 1950’s. I am old enough to have witnessed the Luna Landing in 1969 but young enough to have avoided conscription. I was a live observer of the 60’s and 70’s, and only now appreciate the culture of the time. After graduating from University in the Late 70’s I have had a variety of careers. Working in education, petroleum exploration my own IT support business that I have run for over 20 years.
My mother was diagnosed with Dementia at age 90. She survived for a short time in residential care before dying as a result of a fall. Then, I was diagnosed with FrontoTemperal Dementia – shortly after my 59th birthday.
I became involved in the Dementia Friendly Kiama Pilot and was elected chair of the Advisory Group, the first that has begun at a community level. This has awoken the sleeper within.
Natasha Chadwick is the founder and Managing Director of Synovum Care Group, a private provider of residential, home and transitional care in New South Wales and Tasmania. Twenty plus years in aged care, a sound financial background, innovative thinking and a strong commitment to the industry are the hallmarks of her success.
In 2014, Natasha began her search for a proven, alternative model that aligned with her personal vision for aged care. After extensive research she and her team embarked on a journey to De Hogeweyk, a small scale living community in the Netherlands. Enthused by the quality of life enjoyed by the residents, and inspired by her collaboration with global thought leaders in aged care, Natasha developed Synovum Care’s small scale living model. A first in Australia, the first two houses were built in Wynyard Tasmania later that same year, December 2014. This bold new direction in aged care had a significant, positive impact on the lives of those residents living in the houses as well as their families.
The success of the small scale houses in Tasmania will see Synovum Care Group double in size in 2017 with the development of a Small Scale Living Community in Bellmere, Queensland. It will consist of 17 houses and be home to 120 individuals with complex needs. The residents will enjoy a wellness centre, hairdressers, barber shop, café, corner store, a cinema and a playground – and these amenities will also be available to the local community.
Natasha sits on several boards and committees and provides consulting services to other residential care providers. She is a board member of Leading Aged Services Australia, a member of the Ministerial Dementia Forum Working Group and attendee of the Ministerial Dementia Forum 2015 – “Dementia Care – Core Business for Aged Care”. Natasha is also a mother to two adult children, Tahlia and Justin, and has been married to husband Shane for 28 years.
Dr David Panter has been a successful Chief Executive in a variety of service delivery
organisations for over 20 years with extensive public sector experience in both strategic
development and operational implementation at national, regional and local levels.
His experience includes working in partnership to improve health and health services
within the UK’s National Health Services over fifteen years before successfully making the
transition to become the Chief Executive of the Brighton & Hove City Council between
2001 and 2004 which served a population of 250,000 with more than 8500 staff and
responsibilities across aged care, housing, education and health.
He furthered his experience in public health services after being recruited to South
Australia in 2004 as the inaugural Chief Executive of the Central Northern Adelaide Health
Service. Over the next 10 years he held a number of positions within SA Health, most
notably being the person responsible for developing the SA Health Care Plan 2007-16 and leading the process for the procurement and development of the new Royal Adelaide
Hospital, and also as the Chief Executive Officer of Central Adelaide Local Health Network
with responsibility for over 10,000 staff on multiple sites.
In March 2015, David become the new Chief Executive of ECH Inc., a Not for Profit
provider of quality affordable homes and support services for older people.
Western Sydney University
Sue Field is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Charles Sturt University, an Adjunct Fellow in Elder Law at Western Sydney University, a Lead Investigator with the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Director of the Australian Centre for Elder Law Pty Ltd and a Distinguished Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Elder Law. Sue is co-editor of the Elder Law Review and is well known, both nationally and internationally, for her research, publications, presentations, teaching and training in the area of Elder Law.
Brightwater Care Group
Wendy is Wellbeing and Dementia Support Coordinator at Brightwater, providing support and advocacy for people living with dementia, their families and staff at an operational and strategic level. Her work on wellbeing mapping – a person centred team approach to support and care planning won a Better Practice Award in 2015. A case study of the approach was included as a workplace innovation in the recently launched Quality Jobs Quality Care Toolkit funded by the Aged Care Service Improvement and Healthy Ageing Grants Fund. She has been actively involved in Brightwater’s collaboration as an industry partner in the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC). Wendy has over 20 years experience working in health and aged care, including with Alzheimer’s Australia WA, as Manager Policy and Quality and Manager Respite Services. She has a BSc OT (Hons) and post graduate qualifications in Aging and Pastoral Studies.
Churches of Christ Care in Queensland
Dr McCrow is a Registered Nurse who has extensive clinical, management, teaching and research experience. She has completed her PhD that investigated a model of education to improve nurse recognition of delirium. Her current position is within one of the leading not-for- profit providers of residential aged care; Churches of Christ in Queensland. She is a member of several national and international associations and has peer-reviewed publications. Judy frequently networks with both national and international delirium and dementia experts.
Julie Baillie is a Registered Nurse with over 20 years’ experience in Aged Care. Julie has academic qualifications in Nursing, post graduate qualifications in Nursing Science and commenced her Masters of Business Administration – Health Management course at the University of Tasmania in 2016.
After many years in clinical management roles, Julie elected for a change in focus in 2014 and completed two years as the Quality and Risk Manager at Lyndoch Living in Warrnambool before accepting the role of Director of Nursing in 2016.
In addition to her nursing experience, Julie has extensive experience in Clinical Governance, Risk Management, Quality and Customer Service.
Southern Cross Care Victoria
For the past four years Julie has worked with Southern Cross Care as the Behaviour Management Consultant, providing support and training for staff so they can help provide a meaningful life for residents.
Julie has a 30 year career working in a broad range of settings including hospital based psychiatric and general nursing education, from working in intensive care to a psychogeriatric home, with the Psychogeriatric Assessment and Treatment Team and Aged Care Assessment Service and managed residential Aged Care Homes.
Julie has a Grad Dip in Aged Nursing, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment , completed a Certificate in Family Therapy, and a trainer in PART (Predict Assess and Response To – Aggressive and Challenging Behaviour).
Alzheimer's Australia NSW