Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020 – Dementia care is quality care

Welcome to Dementia Australia's National Symposium 2020 - Quality care is dementia care being held on 24 March 2020 at the Fullerton Hotel, Sydney.

We are bringing an impressive line-up of local and international leaders to equip you to lead industry transformation. You will leave inspired and ready for change.

The symposium will provide a timely opportunity within the context of the work of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety to explore the importance of leadership in shaping culture to achieve the outcomes consumers are seeking. 

This will include hearing the voice of consumers on the key outcomes of the National Consumer Summit held in 2019. These were subsequently presented to the Minister for Aged Care and Senior Australians, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck.

Delegates will also hear from selected Australian providers on how they are achieving engaged workforces who are delivering improved outcomes for people living with dementia.

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Keynote Speakers


Ita Buttrose AC OBE
Ambassador and former National President - Dementia Australia, Chair - ABC

Ita Buttrose has led change at the highest level through a distinguished career. Her background positions her to speak on the importance of leadership and organisational culture to address the type of change needed in dementia care.

Dawn Brooker
Director of the University of Worcester Association for Dementia Studies

Professor Dawn Brooker is highly regarded as a global expert on the effective implementation of person-centred dementia care. She delivers engaging presentations on the practical application of delivering quality care.

We are delighted to announce that Dawn has also agreed to run a masterclass tour.

Lisa Trigg
Assistant Professorial Research Fellow in the Personal Social Services Research Unit, London School of Economics

Lisa Trigg is an international expert on approaches to improving quality in long-term care. At the Symposium, Lisa will help you understand the development of metrics for quality care and how this will affect your implementation of the new quality care standards.

Janet Anderson
Aged Care Quality and 
Safety Commissioner

Janet Anderson, as Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, will discuss the approach of the commission to raising the quality of dementia care.

John Pollaers
Chancellor, Swinburne University and Executive Chairman of Leef Independent Living Solutions

Professor John Pollaers was Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Strategy Taskforce which developed the report 'A matter of care – Australia’s aged care workforce strategy'. An engaging speaker, John will provide clear guidance on how the aged care industry can develop a better foundation of care.

James Adonis
International Speaker and Author

James Adonis is an international speaker on how leaders can engage employees during organisation crisis and significant change. During his session, James will outline strategies to greater connection between management and aged care workers to manage positive change in the workplace.

Julie McCrossin AM
Master of Ceremonies

Julie McCrossin has a diverse background of governance roles including the Guardianship Tribunal and NSW Medical Board. The consummate entertainer, Julie will keep the day moving, bringing her unique warmth and humour to the Symposium in her role as Master of Ceremonies.


To learn more about the Symposium please visit our dedicated event website:

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All participants are required to officially register to attend the Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020. Please read the following information carefully before registering.

Early bird closes on Midnight 15 January 2020. Register Now