National Symposium Series 2020

Leading the way with person-centred care

Thank you if you were one of the more than 3,000 people who joined us online in our re-imagined National Symposium 2020. It was great to receive so many positive reviews and hear from many passionate Australians seeking to make a difference in the lives of people living with dementia.

Help your organisation embed leading standards for quality dementia care. Hear from experts on:

  • achieving quality, person-centred care in practice
  • meeting the aged care quality standards
  • successfully leading and engaging in cultural change.

With the impact of COVID-19 and the Royal Commission into Aged Care on Quality and Safety releasing new results later this year, 2020 has already been a year of challenges. This symposium is the ideal opportunity to address issues and challenges in providing quality care.


Symposium 2020 - Program | Dementia Australia

Prof John Pollaers OAM

The time for talk is over: Leading sector change that will ensure quality dementia care is core business

Symposium 2020 - Program | Dementia Australia

Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson PSM

Driving quality care outcomes through consumer engagement: The dynamic between the Quality Standards, aged care providers and the regulator

Symposium 2020 - Program | Dementia Australia

Dr Lisa Trigg

Hospital, hotel or home? What does relationship-centred quality look like and how do you know you’re delivering it?

Symposium 2020 - Program | Dementia Australia

Prof Dawn Brooker

Reconsidering Person-Centred Dementia Care: Can we make this an everyday experience for those living with high dependency needs and dementia?

Symposium 2020 - Program | Dementia Australia

Ita Buttrose AC OBE

Leadership and the Challenge of Change

Dr James Adonis

Addressing the leadership blind spots to staff engagement

View the full program here

We are facing new challenges in aged care

Dementia affects one in ten people over the age of 65, and three in ten people over the age of 85. Around 50% of residents in aged care are living with dementia, though many of these may be undiagnosed.

On average, it takes three years for a person to receive a dementia diagnosis. This means a significant number of people living in aged care experience symptoms of dementia without an official diagnosis. 

With the outbreak of COVID-19, aged care workers tell us that people living with dementia are feeling more anxious. Their behaviour can change and become more complex with the loss of familiar routines.

Many aged care workers are feeling the pressure.

More than ever, you need the best information and resources to support the well being of people living with dementia or cognitive decline.

Dementia care is quality care

Dementia Australia is committed to supporting the aged care industry.

Our 2020 National Symposium is the culmination of our Quality Care Initiative, a project to identify how people living with dementia, their families and carers define quality dementia care.

Person-centred care has long been regarded as best-practice care for people living with dementia symptoms. It considers each individual’s needs and wants, beyond their condition.

The symposium will inspire and explore how aged and healthcare professionals can embed person-centred care into their work.

Hear from experts on quality dementia care

The symposium features an impressive lineup of local and international speakers, with six webinars hosted over six weeks, starting Tuesday 4th August 2020.

Each 90-minute session will be live and interactive, with an opportunity to ask the speaker questions. Presentations will also be recorded, in case you cannot attend the live session or you would like to watch it again.

You will hear local and international experts speak about key issues impacting the quality of care for people living with dementia, their families and carers. The symposium will also share the perspectives and experiences of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Lead change in your organisation

Registrations for the National Symposium 2020 are now closed.