Amplifying the voices of people living with dementia

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Long-term Dementia Advocates Bobby Redman and Dennis Frost are both great examples of the power of using their personal experiences of living with dementia to advocate for change.

We are therefore pleased to announce that Bobby and Dennis were recently appointed Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee (DAAC).

This committee, comprised of people living with dementia, provides strategic advice to Dementia Australia and other stakeholders to inform dementia services, programs, policy development and advocacy.

Bobby and Dennis are taking over from Dementia Advocates Phil Hazell and Eileen Taylor who have stepped down after serving four years in their roles as Chair and Vice Chair, respectively.

Phil said it had been a pleasure to serve as Chair for the past four years.

“The DAAC is a splendid group of people with different ideas that are brought together as one collective and make a big difference for people living with dementia and their families,” Phil said.

“Congratulations to the new Chair Bobby and Vice Chair Dennis. I know they will both do a fantastic job.”

Eileen added that it had been a privilege to serve as Vice Chair.

“I know I have left the role in good hands,” she said. “It will be great to continue to serve the DAAC under their leadership.”

Key achievements of the DAAC under Phil and Eileen’s leadership include:

  • Providing significant input into Dementia Australia’s submission on the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s Terms of Reference.
  • Leadership on the Quality Dementia Care Project, including planning and facilitating discussions at the 2019 Consumer Summit.
  • Countless other contributions including media interviews, contributing to DAAC communications and reports, as well as providing ongoing support for members.

We would like to extend our thanks to Phil and Eileen for all that they have accomplished during their time with the Committee, and the positive influence they have had on the lives of people impacted by dementia.

Bobby and Dennis bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to these leadership roles, and we are excited to be working with them in this new chapter of the DAAC.

Bobby said she was extremely excited to be taking up the position of DAAC Chair.

“It is daunting to be stepping into such big shoes (of Phil Hazell and Eileen Taylor), but I recognise the strong base that we now have, to move forward and grow even further, with the aim of amplifying the voices of people living with dementia, around Australia,” she said.

“We hope that DAAC will earn the trust and respect of the dementia community to work with, and for, them to improve the lives of all those living with dementia and their care partners.”

Dennis also shared his thoughts on his new role of DAAC Vice Chair.

“I see part of our future in making our role more visible across the dementia community, and hence being a stronger conduit for all our voices and helping us all live better,” he said.

To find out more about the Dementia Advocates program and the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee visit: https://www.dementia.org.au/about-us/dementia-advocates-program