World-leading Montessori and dementia care expert to speak at October national conference in Melbourne

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Media Release

Tuesday 15 August 2017

World-leading Montessori and dementia care expert to speak at October national conference in Melbourne

Dr Cameron Camp, a world-renowned expert in integrating Montessori methods into dementia care, will be among the keynote speakers at the 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference.

The conference - to be held in Melbourne from Tuesday 17 to Friday 20 October ­- brings together leading international and Australian experts in dementia care and research.

Dr Camp, a psychologist, is the Director of Research and Development at the Centre for Applied Research in Dementia, in Ohio, USA.

The Montessori approach - based on the educational methods of Maria Montessori - focusses on the strengths and abilities of people living with dementia, and matching them along with their personal interests to specific activities.

“Maria Montessori believed every person has the right to be treated with respect and dignity, to have a meaningful role in a community, and to contribute to the best of their abilities,” Dr Camp said.

Other noted speakers include consumer advocates Christine Bryden and Kate Swaffer, the 2017 South Australia Australian of the Year. Professor Henry Brodaty AO, one the world’s leading Australian researchers on dementia, Ita Buttrose AO OBE, National Ambassador Alzheimer’s Australia and US-based Naomi Feil, who pioneered the Validation method of dementia care.

The conference will inspire attendees to ‘Be the Change’ and to transform the way we think about dementia.

Maree McCabe, National CEO Alzheimer’s Australia, said the conference, which is set to attract more than 1,000 participants, will provide a unique opportunity to explore leading approaches from across the globe that support people living with dementia to live engaging and rewarding lives.

“We are so excited to be welcoming such an eclectic and respected range of the world’s leading experts to Melbourne. I have no doubt that attendees from the sector and community will come away feeling energised and inspired to implement some of the learnings from the conference and to continue making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia,’ Ms McCabe said.

“In a time of unprecedented change in dementia and aged care, the conference will provide a unique opportunity for people from across the world to come together and share their insights and experiences.

“We are looking forward to welcoming speakers and delegates from the aged and health care sectors; clinical and social researchers; those working with new technologies; architects; designers; people living with dementia; carers and community leaders. The goal of our exciting program of practical and interactive sessions is to encourage attendees to consider how they can ‘be the change’ in their own spheres of influence,” Ms McCabe said.

Conference delegates who wish to take advantage of the early bird rate must register before 31 August. To register, visit the conference website

Media enquiries:

Christine Bolt 0400 004 553 / [email protected],

Phillip Money 0427 757 434 / [email protected]

Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million in 40 years. 

National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area

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