We enjoyed an impressive line-up of local and international leaders discussing how to lead industry transformation.

Ita Buttrose AC OBE, Professor Dawn Brooker, Dr Lisa Trigg, Janet Anderson PSM, Prof John Pollaers OAM, Dr James Adonis, Ann Pietsch, Keith Davies, Maree McCabe, Sally Lambourne, Kirsty Carr, Julie McCrossin AM

Ita Buttrose AC OBE

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.

Professor Dawn Brooker

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.

Dr Lisa Trigg

Dr 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 PSM

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.

Prof John Pollaers OAM

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.

Dr James Adonis

Dr 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.

Ann Pietsch

Ann Pietsch is a Dementia Advocate living with dementia. She and her husband Timothy have been advocates for Dementia Australia for many years. They’ve attended consumer summits, contributed to media activity and supported many events and activities in Adelaide.

Ann was a member of the NNIDR Consumer Involvement Program Reference Group.

Keith Davies

Keith Davies is a Dementia Advocate and retired primary school principal who lives in Leura NSW. He has been caring for his wife of 56 years, Bev, who has dementia for the past 13 years. For the last four years he has been visiting and helping care for her in residential care.

As a consequence of this experience, Keith has become actively involved with Dementia Australia, Baptist Care NSW, Carers NSW, and the University of Tasmania and numerous research, advocacy and support programs.

Maree McCabe

Maree McCabe is the Chief Executive Officer of Dementia Australia.

A recognised leader in the health and aged care sector Maree brings extensive experience across the health, mental health and aged care sectors to her current role.

Her career accomplishments include leading the successful unification of Alzheimer’s Australia and rebranding to Dementia Australia, the development of technology at Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, Executive roles in aged care and mental health.

Maree is a member of a number of commonwealth and international health and aged care sector committees and Boards.

Maree is a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease International Asia Pacific Regional Committee and Chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease International Nominations Committee.

Sally Lambourne

Sally Lambourne is Dementia Australia’s General Manager Consumer Engagement. She is responsible for developing and implementing the national consumer engagement strategy across the organisation and managing the Consumer Engagement team.

Sally is passionate about human rights and social justice and is committed to ensuring that people with dementia, their families and care partners have a voice in advocating for their needs and priorities.

Kirsty Carr

Kirsty Carr is a National Policy and Strategy Advisor at Dementia Australia.

Traditionally from a health and behavioural science background, Kirsty started her career in the Federal Department of Health and Ageing where her portfolio encompassed population health, palliative care and ageing and diversity.

She went on to work internationally in the Not-for-Profit sector in the realms of cancer, health system redesign and human rights policy, before coming back to work specifically in the diversity sector and moving onto Dementia Australia.

Julie McCrossin AM

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.