The number of people diagnosed with dementia is on the increase and people’s experience of living with dementia is changing. This dementia awareness-raising forum aims to increase awareness and understanding of what it means to be living with a dementia diagnosis today and how a person diagnosed can be supported to maintain their quality of life within the local community.
Join us to hear from a panel of experts as they discuss the dementia human rights movement, and provide insight around new knowledge in early diagnosis, new initiatives in living well with dementia and the importance of family support, and the consumer’s voice – detailing the expectations of people living with dementia.
A Q&A session will follow the forum.
We hope you can join us.
About the speakers
Facilitator – Samantha Bowen
Samantha is a leading voice on intergenerational leadership and engaging our next generation leaders. She heads LASA Next Gen and is working to disrupt our workforce challenges by building the capacity of Next Gen leaders to execute change and see the dynamic opportunities around us. She’s a board member for the NHMRC’s National Institute of Dementia Research, a recipient of the Layne Beachley Foundation Scholarship, Founder of Acorn Network Pty Ltd, a contributor to a number of national publications, hosts Grey Revolution – a podcast for aged care leaders, and runs a successful national online mentoring program for aged care leaders.
Daniella is a consultant, published author and keynote speaker working internationally alongside organisations, government, individuals and service providers in the creation and implementation of initiatives that focus on relational and human rights-based approaches for people living with dementia.
Dr Maria Foundas
Dr Foundas graduated with Honours from the University of Western Australia in 1996 and obtained her Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in 2008 (subspecialty Geriatric Medicine). Dr Foundas also completed a Masters of Public Health (with Distinction) through Curtin University. Currently employed by St John of God Healthcare (both at the Midland and Mount Lawley sites), Dr Foundas has largely focused on the specialised area of inpatient Aged Care Rehabilitation and Restorative Care over the last decade. In addition, Dr Foundas has long been involved with Education, both as a Facilitator for the RACP Supervisor Development Program and the teaching of medical students.
Sheridan is a PhD candidate in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University. She has a keen interest in advocating for people living with dementia and has worked in the field for over 20 years. Her PhD topic explores person-centred planning in dementia care from the perspectives of people living with dementia and their care partners. Sheridan has worked on numerous projects which aimed to enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia. Sheridan is the student representative on the WA Division of the Australian Association of Gerontology and is also a part of the Australian Hartford Consortium in Nursing Care of Older People.
Jason originally trained as a Mental Health Nurse in the UK. He has specialised in working with people with dementia for nearly 30 years, both in the U.K. and in Australia. After immigrating to Australia, Jason took up a position with Alzheimer’s WA and in his role as Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation he leads the organisations focus on developing innovative dementia care philosophy and practice, research and establishing evidence-based services and emerging sector partnerships. Jason has a strong background in developing contemporary enabling environments for people with dementia through dementia design and implementing person-centred approaches.