Neil Samuel OAM recognised in Australia Day Honours

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Dementia Australia congratulates Neil Samuel OAM for his inclusion in the Australia Day Honours, receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division.

Mr Samuel has been honoured for his service to people living with dementia, and to the community. 

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe acknowledged Mr Samuel for this well-deserved honour on behalf of all people impacted by dementia. 

“I commend Neil’s ongoing commitment to people living with dementia, their families and carers. We are very fortunate to have had Neil’s expertise, guidance and support in various capacities for many years” Ms McCabe said.

“We recently recognised Neil’s efforts officially through a Dementia Australia Honour, and are thrilled to see him receive further recognition in the Australia Day Honours.

“Neil has made an outstanding contribution that has without a doubt made a difference to the lives of all Australians who have been impacted by dementia.”

Mr Samuel’s passion for dementia was born out of family experience with Alzheimer’s disease, and he said he was delighted to receive an Australia Day Honour.

“I am very humbled to receive this honour. My work with people impacted by dementia and Dementia Australia over the years has been extremely fulfilling,” Mr Samuel said.

“I look forward to continuing to work in support of people living with dementia, their families and carers.”

Mr Samuel previously served on the board of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic including as Honorary Secretary, Deputy Chair and Chair. In 2007, he was appointed to the Board of Alzheimer’s Australia Limited, now Dementia Australia Limited, where he served until 2019. Mr Samuel continues to serve on the Board of Dementia Australia Research Foundation and as a member of Dementia Australia’s Finance, Audit, Risk Management committee. 

Mr Samuel was the inaugural recipient of a Dementia Australia Honour. More information can be viewed here

Dementia Australia is the source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research. We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. No matter how you are impacted by dementia or who you are, we are here for you.

For support, please contact the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500. An interpreter service is available and the Helpline is open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday excluding public holidays. The National Dementia Helpline is funded by the Australian Government. People looking for information can also visit 


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