Dementia Australia honours Prof David Ames AO

Australia Day 26 January 2018

Dementia Australia congratulates Emeritus Professor David Ames AO for his inclusion in the Australia Day Honours today as an Officer of Australia in the General Division.

Prof Ames has been honoured for his distinguished service to psychiatry, particularly in the area of dementia and the mental health of older persons, as an academic, author and practitioner, and as an adviser to professional bodies.

Professor Ames has been an invaluable supporter of Dementia Australia for more than 20 years. He acted officially as Alzheimer’s Australia* Chief Medical Advisor 2011-2012, has been a key member of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Panel of Alzheimer’s Disease International since 2001, was the Director of National Ageing Research Institute 2007-2015 and has had a distinguished research career committed to the area of new drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and improving the care of people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Since 2006 Professor Ames has been the Principal Investigator of the Australian Imaging, Biomarkers and Lifestyle Flagship Study of Ageing (AIBL), a global research project that assesses people over a long period of time to determine which biomarkers, cognitive characteristics, and health and lifestyle factors determine subsequent development of Alzheimer’s disease.

“On behalf of all people impacted by dementia I wish to acknowledge Professor Ames for his dedication to the care of older people and the difference his research has made,” Maree McCabe, CEO Dementia Australia said.

Further details about Professor Ames’ award can be found here https://www.gg.gov.au/sites/default/files/files/honours/ad/ad2018/nls09_32z/Media%20Notes%20-%20AO.pdf.

*Alzheimer’s Australia changed its name to Dementia Australia in October 2017.

Dementia Australia is the national peak body for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 425,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million by 2056. Dementia Australia is the new voice of Alzheimer’s Australia.

National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500                                                                                                                Interpreter service available                                                                                                                                                (The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)                                                                                                        Dementia is a National Health Priority Area                                                                                       www.dementia.org.au

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Media contacts: Christine Bolt, 0400 004 553, christine.bolt@dementia.org.au

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