Sue Pieters-Hawke to share her dementia carer insights at Alzheimer’s Australia Vic AGM

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Tuesday 27 October 2015

Alzheimer’s Australia ambassador Sue Pieters-Hawke will visit Melbourne tomorrow to share her unique insights into the support available to carers of people with dementia.

Ms Pieters-Hawke cared for her mother Hazel Hawke, who died from dementia in 2013, and is the author of Hazel’s Journey; the story of her mother’s experience with Alzheimer’s disease, and Hazel – My Mother’s Story; a biography.

Of her experience caring for her mother, Ms Pieters-Hawke has said “It is a step by step process and you need help. You learn from other people and you ask questions. Dementia Australia runs programs for carers and people with the disease to learn to cope with the memory loss. There are lots of things around to help you to cope. There is nothing that takes away the sadness, but there are things that help you to cope”.

In a presentation “Caring for a person with dementia: you are not alone”, Ms Pieter-Hawke will reflect on the many people and organisations with whom she and other family members partnered to care for Hazel.


The presentation will be delivered as part of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s 32nd Annual General Meeting.


Where: Hawthorn Arts Centre (Chandelier Room), 680 Burwood Road, Hawthorn.

When: Wednesday 28 October 2015 2-4.30pm, with Ms Pieters-Hawke due to speak at approximately 3.40pm.

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Notes to media

When writing or talking about dementia, please provide your audience with the number for our National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 - a telephone information and support service available across Australia.

What is appropriate language for talking about dementia and why do we need it?

The words used to talk about dementia can have a significant impact on how people with dementia are viewed and treated in our community. Please read our Dementia Language Guidelines that have been developed by people living with dementia and carers.

In Victoria more than 81,000 people are living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the charity representing people with all forms of dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia information, education and support services.

Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit


Media contacts:

Stephanie Puls 9816 5745 / 0427 757 434 / [email protected]

Christine Bolt 9816 5772 / 0400 004 553 / [email protected]


High resolution image files available on request following the event.