Dementia champion dedicates Australian of the Year award to people living with dementia

Media Release

Wednesday 9 November 2016

Dementia champion dedicates Australian of the Year award  to people living with dementia

Alzheimer’s Australia congratulates dementia advocate Kate Swaffer who was named 2017 South Australian Australian of the Year in a ceremony at Adelaide Oval last night.

Kate Swaffer, who is living with dementia, advocates in multiple capacities including:

  • World Dementia Council, Member
  • Alzheimer’s Disease International, Board Member
  • Dementia Alliance International, CEO, Chair and co-founder
  • Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Council, Chair and is a
  • University of Wollongong PhD candidate

Diagnosed with dementia in 2008, just before her 50th birthday, Kate’s tireless advocacy work has shaped the way people view dementia and encouraged others with a diagnosis of dementia to continue to live their pre-diagnosis lives, with support.

Alzheimer’s Australia National CEO Maree McCabe said Kate’s contribution over a number of years has been inspirational.

“Alzheimer’s Australia congratulates Kate on this very deserving honour,” Ms McCabe said.

“Being named South Australia’s Australian of the Year just cements the exceptional work Kate has been involved in not only in Australia, but globally to improve outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and carers.

“There are 353,800 Australians currently living with dementia and more than 47.5 million people living with dementia worldwide. Kate’s efforts in making the world a more dementia-aware and dementia-friendly place, by open and honest dialogue about the condition, while continuing to live positively and promote active, healthy and engaging lives for others living with a diagnosis of dementia is commendable.”

The South Australian Award recipients will join recipients from the other States and Territories as finalists for the national Awards, announced in Canberra on 25 January 2017.

Media enquiries:

Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@dementia.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


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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