Val Fell OAM recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

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Dementia Australia congratulates Dementia Advocate Val Fell OAM for her inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, receiving the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division.

Mrs Fell has been honoured for her service to people impacted by dementia.

Dementia Australia Chief Operating Officer Anthony Boffa said this was a well-deserved honour for Mrs Fell, who has been a long-time supporter of Dementia Australia.

“At 92, Val is an outstanding Dementia Advocate whose voluntary advocacy work has made a profound difference to the lives of Australians living with dementia, their families and carers,” Mr Boffa said.

“Val first joined the former Alzheimer’s Association of New South Wales in 2006, which later merged with other state and territory associations to become Dementia Australia in 2017.

“She is a member of the Kiama Dementia Alliance and the organiser of the annual Illawarra Dementia Forum in Wollongong.

“Earlier this year Val was appointed to the new Council of Elders, a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, which engages widely on many aspects of aged care from the perspective of the quality and safety of care and the rights and dignity of older people.

“As well, she regularly speaks publicly about dementia in the media and is well-known in her community and beyond for her tireless advocacy work.

“We congratulate Val and send our heartfelt thanks for all of the incredible work that she does to improve the lives of people living with dementia, their families and carers.”


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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