My experiences on the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee

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Sarah Ashton sitting with two cockatiels perched on her shoulder

Sarah is living with younger onset dementia and joined the committee after retiring from a 40-year career with NSW Health.

“I joined the committee after I retired from work as I felt a responsibility to use my skills to give a voice to the issue of dementia and to represent people living with the condition who could no longer add their voice to the community’s conversation,” Sarah said.

“The highlights of my involvement have been having my voice heard on dementia-related subjects that are important to me, helping to change how the community thinks about people living with dementia, and meeting other members who share the same interest and passion for advocacy that I do.”

Recently, Sarah and other committee members provided feedback on the development of the draft Dementia Australia Client Services survey and the Younger Onset Dementia Hub Project, and have been involved in the planning of the 2019 Consumer Summit.

Those achievements are in addition to other committee responsibilities, which include advising on the design, delivery and evaluation of Dementia Australia programs and services, advising on the development of Dementia Australia’s policy submissions, and consulting with the broader community of people living with dementia, then sharing these insights with Dementia Australia.

The Dementia Australia Advisory Committee strengthens Dementia Australia and continues to bring about positive change for people living with dementia.

For information about all committee members, please visit

You can also contact the committee directly via email on [email protected]