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In partnership with:

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Dementia Care & Research Morning Briefing NSW 2022

23 November 2022 | Rydges World Square, Sydney

Confirmed Speakers

Confimed Speakers
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Rachael Wass

Chief Executive Officer

Meaningful Ageing Australia

Nell Hawe

Dementia Advocate

Advocates Program, Dementia Australia

David Sykes

Director, Centre for Dementia Learning

Dementia Australia

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James Vickers


Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre

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Thomas Kramer

Director of Residential Care


Steve Macfarlane

Head of Clinical Services, The Dementia Centre


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Marie Alford

Head of Dementia Professional Services, The Dementia Centre


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Kuda Sozinyu

Executive General Manager

The Pioneers Lodge

Muireann Irish

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

University of Sydney

Tamar Krebs

Founder & Executive Director

Group Homes Australia

Lee-Fay Low

Professor in Ageing & Health

University of Sydney



By 2025 the total cost of dementia is predicted to increase to more than $18.7 billion. It is estimated that without a medical breakthrough by 2058, the number of people living with dementia is expected to increase to just over 1 million people. The changing dementia landscape is proving to become a challenge in itself with the rise of the pandemic and as such has placed increased pressures on our current health and aged care systems.

One year after the recommendations of the Royal Commission, there has never been a greater need for the current health and aged care system to drive change across the sector. With this in mind, the Dementia Care & Research Morning Briefing NSW 2022 will bring together senior thought leaders from the health care and aged care sector to discuss the emerging trends and challenges impacting this space.

Key Topics

Who will attend

Key Topics & Attendance
  • Addressing the recommendations outlined in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety report

  • How the COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the dementia workforce capability across the health care, home care and aged care sector

  • Exploring strategies to implement effective dementia support pathways to ensure quality care is provided

  • Re-building trust within the health care, home care and aged care sector to ensure a strengthened integrated dementia care system is in place

  • Exploring the latest developments in dementia research

  • Understanding the prevalence of dementia amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 

  • Aged care executives and decision-makers

  • Clinicians & Academics

  • Allied Health Professionals

  • Frontline Care Staff


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Silver Memories is a special Audio & Visual nostalgia Broadcasting service developed by the Music Broadcasting Society of Queensland Ltd. It was designed specifically to address social isolation and depression in Aged Care through Reminiscence Music Therapy. The service provides a non-pharmacological tool for the management of dementia and related issues. Silver Memories operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and plays cheerful and gentle music from the 1940s to the 1970s, supported by over 6000 nostalgic images. The broadcast also includes cheerio greetings and birthday calls from our friendly announcers and features old radio serials and comedies which people listened to before the advent of television. Silver Memories is also the Winner of the 2022 Pro Bono Impact 25 Award!

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Flex-A-Tee®️ is an accessible/adaptive wear t-shirt using press studs located across both shoulders and down the sleeves allowing the neckline to open fully making it possible for the tee to be manoeuvred to make dressing easier. A person with an upper body range of movement restrictions is able to get dressed with dignity, comfort, and less stress. Flex-A-Tee is made of a high-quality 100% soft cotton jersey fabric that can be washed and dried at high temperatures without shrinkage.


Designed in Australia by Anne Marie Jonas the initial idea was to help dress her Mum who had Alzheimer’s.  Since the original idea in 2018 Flex-A-Tee has evolved, as people discover the Flex-A-Tee design, it has become apparent, that it can be of use in so many settings. The wearability is endless.


Brenna is a new app for aged care that streamlines RN communication with families. Our user-friendly communication tool allows RNs to provide family members with digital updates on their loved one’s condition. Family members receive clear, concise information, in a consistent format, straight to their device.

Staff love how easy Brenna is to use and that it saves so much time. Through extensive co-design we created a system that maps workflows and is quick and intuitive for RNs.

Family members love how easy information is to understand and that all family members receive the same information at the same time. This helps to build and maintain trust between everyone.


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Rydges World Square Hotel
389 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000
Date: 23 November 2022
Time: 8:00-12:30
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