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.
Linda has held a variety of roles from frontline to senior management in both the public, private and Not for Profit sectors. In these roles Linda has established new departments and teams working with key internal and external stakeholders to establish and deliver the strategic direction. She has worked with Boards, executives and front-line staff to transform and reconfigure organisations for the future.
Linda is a Paediatric Nurse specialising in Cardio-thoracic critical care in three countries, her honours thesis compared 6 sites of temperature measurement in children post cardiac surgery, it was awarded first class honours. Linda has worked in Clinical redesign roles improving hospital access and performance, clinical improvement notably receiving a NSW Health award for reducing and improving practice for pressure areas in children, and establishment the clinical incident framework and review of sentinel events under legal privilege for CHW.
She worked with the KPMG Health practice for 7 years on large transformational change programs regarding practice and culture in ageing and acute health care, also supporting the implementation of consistent models of care across Australia for a number of clinical practice. She has worked with Uniting for over 2 years leading the implementation of the Inspired Care philosophy into practice.
Linda has served on a number of international and national health related committee’s and working parties notably as a member of:
The NSW Clinical Excellence Commission, Clinical Council;
Children’s Hospitals Australia Medication Safety Group;
National Medication Safety Breakthrough Collaborative;
NSW Patient Flow and Safety Collaborative,
National Open Disclosure Standard with Standards Australia and Australian Safety and Quality Council, and
Lecturer on the Safety and Quality course, Masters of Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
Linda has presented nationally and internationally at conferences and symposia. She has published several whitepapers with KPMG and in academic journals. She has also received a NSW Premiers Award to review medication practices. Linda was privileged to receive a NPSF Foundation scholarship for the Patient Safety Leadership with the American Hospitals Association and NPSF affording the opportunity to work with key thought leaders, agencies and training for systemic patient safety.
In alignment with her personal values Linda coaches pro bono and has previously chaired KPMG’s Sydney Corporate Citizenship Committee
MSc Coaching Psychology, The University of Sydney
Prince 2 Practitioner
Executive Coach, Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership, Sydney
MBA Executive, The University of Sydney and University of New South Wales
Graduate Certificate in Change Management, The University of Sydney and University of New South Wales.
Paediatric Critical Care Southbank University London and The Children’s Hospital Great Ormond St., London.
RN, BN (Hons 1ST Class) Sydney University
RSCN and RGN, Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children and Beaumont Hospital, Ireland
Dementia Collaborative Research Centre UNSW
Henry Brodaty is an academic – Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing at the University of New South Wales; and a clinician – consultant psychogeriatrician and Head of the Memory Disorders Clinic in the Aged Care Psychiatry Service at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney. As immediate past-president of the International Psychogeriatric Association and as former chairman of Alzheimer’s Disease International, and former president of Alzheimer’s Australia and Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW), he has been at the forefront of consumer and professional groups devoted to improving the mental health of older people in particular those with dementia and their families. In Australia, he is a member of several key State and National Committees in concerned with dementia and mental health in older people. Professor Brodaty has published extensively and received many national and international awards for research and community work.
Alzheimer's Society UK
George McNamara is Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Alzheimer’s Society. He is currently supporting the implementation of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on dementia, in particular the creation of dementia friendly communities.
Prior to joining Alzheimer’s Society, George held senior policy positions at the British Red Cross and Action for Children and has written extensively on a variety of social policy issues. He has also worked in Parliament and the civil service.
Alzheimer's Disease International
Glenn Rees has worked at senior levels in the British and Australian Public Services. In Britain he worked as Private Secretary to senior Ministers, in the Cabinet Office and in Economic Departments. In Australia since 1976 he has worked in program and policy areas including Prime Minister and Cabinet, Employment and Training, Aged Care, Disabilities, Housing and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission. He was Chair of the Nursing Homes and Hostels Review in 1986 and was involved in implementing the first wave of aged care reforms. He was CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia from 2000 -2014. During his time as CEO the Dementia Initiative was implemented in 2005 with $320 million over 5 years; important funding commitments made to tackle dementia in the 2012 Aged Care reforms including timely diagnosis, acute care and dementia risk reduction and $200 million committed to dementia research in 2014. Dementia is now a National Health Priority Area. He has been a member of many Government advisory committees and an active member of the National Aged Care Alliance. He became Chair of Alzheimer’s Disease International in April 2015 and is an independent Board Member of Parkinson’s Australia
Wendy Hill is the Ageing Portfolios Manager for KinCare, Australia’s leading in-home care provider. KinCare offers a range of in-home nursing, allied health and care services older people, people with disabilities and their carers. Employing 1,600 people nationally, KInCare supports 16,000 people each year to remain living at home as long as they choose to.
Wendy is a Registered Nurse with a Masters in Public Health and more than 20 years community, health and aged care experience. In the last 12 months Wendy has been instrumental in driving innovative service model design and implementation for the business.
IAN YATES AM, D Univ Flin
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.
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.
PhD candidate, University of Wollongong
Kate Swaffer is Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, member of the World Dementia Council, Board member of Alzheimer’s Disease International and Chair of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee. Kate is an International Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Honorary Associate Fellow with the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong (UOW), and a current PhD candidate, and completed a Masters of Science in Dementia Care in 2014. She is a Humanitarian, advocate and activist for people with dementia, a published author and poet, and international speaker. Kate is also living beyond a diagnosis of younger onset dementia.
NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre
Susan Kurrle is a geriatrician practising at Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital in northern Sydney, and Batemans Bay Hospital in southern NSW, and she holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. Since 2012 she has led the NHMRC Partnership Centre on Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People. This Centre focusses on research and implementation projects dealing particularly with the care aspect of dementia.
Sue Pieters-Hawke is a passionate advocate, acclaimed author and poignant speaker. She was once dubbed ‘the accidental advocate’ after her mother, Hazel was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2001. She is now known for her understanding, deep insights, empathy and thoughtful solutions to many issues associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
Sue is an Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia and with Ita Buttrose, co- chairs the Federal Minister’s Dementia Advisory Forum. She works tirelessly in the community to raise awareness and advocate for reform in dementia care, acceptance and better understanding.
A former science advisor to Australia’s Prime Minister, Christine was diagnosed with dementia in 1995 and 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). 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. In 2016 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her advocacy work.
Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home
Sofia Venuti is the Therapeutic Leisure & Lifestyle Manager for Montefiore Home’s Eastern Suburbs campuses in Sydney. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist with a professional background in Mental Health and Aged Care. She has particular field interests and experience in non-pharmacological approaches in dementia care, caregiver education and knowledge translation into practice. Over the last few years, she developed a non-pharmacological intervention program which was piloted in a high-care dementia unit and underwent research through the University of NSW. The program was very effective and is currently being rolled out across all Montefiore Home campuses.
Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home
Alasdair MacDonald is General Manager Business Innovation & Quality and is responsible for customer assurance, business innovation, quality, communications and marketing across both residential and home care. He is heavily involved in areas such as clinical benchmarking, continuous improvement, better practice and corporate strategy. Alasdair has also been the lead in the development of the organisation’s innovative award winning iTraining program. He is also the chair for the home’s Philosophy of Living strategy has has created are more individualized model of care. Prior to joining Montefiore, Alasdair held several senior management global roles in the biotech field overseeing quality, service, marketing, business development and strategy. He has a Phd in organic chemistry and automation as well as a Masters in International Business Administration.
Drug and Therapeutics Information Service (DATIS), Repatriation General Hospital
Sue Edwards has a commitment to quality use of medicines (QUM) in residential aged care. She has provided pharmacist services to aged care homes since 1998 including medication reviews and QUM services as an accredited pharmacist. In 2012 Sue was awarded Consultant pharmacist of the year and subsequently undertook a study tour of the management of dementia in the UK and Scotland. She is the SA and NT Pharmaceutical Society of Australia branch president and is a senior pharmacist at the Drug and Therapeutics Information Service. Sue convenes a regional aged care medication advisory committee and has been involved in a number of projects including RedUSe, TEAM Aged care, REACH and currently an antimicrobial stewardship project called SEQUAL.
Dr Ellen Skladzien has a Master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Washington University in St Louis. She has over 10 years of experience in the NGO sector including working in policy development, implementing evidenced based programs, promoting consumer engagement, conducting research and managing rigorous independent evaluations. Ellen has been working with Alzheimer’s Australia since 2010 in senior roles including supporting consumer engagement, policy, research and program management. She is currently Senior Executive Manager, Policy, Programs and Communications.
Conjoint Senior Clinical Lecturer, Deakin University.
Sean has qualifications and expertise in health, research, and project management. These include a PhD in Psychology (Monash University) and a Masters in Operations Management (Nottingham University). In addition to having held a number of management roles in industry, Sean has been employed as a Lecturer at Federation University and a Senior Research Fellow at RMIT where he was Chief Investigator and Project Manager on a variety of projects mainly in the area of ageing and community health. Sean has a strong track record in research design and evaluation in health care settings and has worked with Western District Health Services, Ballarat Health Services, and the Department of Health on a number of research, evaluation, and workplace redesign projects.
Originally from Ireland, Sean moved to Australia in 1997 and to Ballarat in 2008. He lives with his daughter (Sadhbh – pronounced Sive to rhyme with five, dive etc), a cat (Nietzsche) and an English Staffy (Canavan – which means little black head in Gaelic). When not chasing or tidying up after one of those he enjoys drinking good coffee and solving cryptic crosswords.
Director, Australian Centre for Elder Law
Sue Field is 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.
Edie was 59 when diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease in 2010 and forced to retire from her driver education business. Previously Edie had worked as a masseur for six years and prior to that as a teacher of the deaf for 20 years. Her partner, Anne felt the time was right to cease her private practice in Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in June, 2014. Edie and Anne are deeply committed to increasing awareness and understanding of dementia, particularly younger onset dementia and attempting to improve community based dementia services. Supporting others in a similar position has been an ongoing priority. Edie is an inaugural member of Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee and they’re both members of the Alzheimer’s Australia, Victorian Reference Group. Edie & Anne have been presenting locally, nationally and internationally since 2011. In April they received the 2016 Minister for Health Volunteer Award, Outstanding achievement by a volunteer: supporting diversity. Their mantra is “dementia can make your hearts bigger”. Their message to those who work with people with dementia, “if you engage your heart in what you do, it will also grow bigger”.
Department of Health
BUPA Aged Care Australia
Maureen Berry is a Registered Nurse with extensive and diverse clinical and health management experience encompassing urban, rural and aged care nursing, in both the public and private health care sectors in NSW Australia.
She holds post graduate qualifications in Advanced Nursing as well as Clinical Management and is recognised by Who’s Who International as a clinical leader.
Maureen has held a number of senior management positions throughout her career, leading to a position with NSW Health as Director of Clinical Operations for the Eastern Cluster of Sydney West Area Health Service, in charge of Clinical Operations for Westmead, Auburn, ST Joseph’s and Lottie Stewart Hospitals.
In 2009, Maureen joined Bupa Aged Care Australia as Operations Manager, encompassing all aspects of resident care, compliance and commercial performance and then worked as Clinical Operations Manager for Bupa’s Medical Services, developing and implementing the innovative and evolutionary Integrated Health model of care, with the Medical Services Team.
Maureen is now the Clinical Service Improvement Director, for Bupa Aged Care Australia. This role encompasses developing the core clinical model of care and service provision for Bupa’s Care Homes, as well as responsibility for clinical governance, accreditation and compliance management.
IRT Kangara Waters
University of Wollongong