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2019 The RED Conference Speakers

Below are the speakers for the 2019 regional dementia conference.

We are thrilled to welcome back Dr Cameron Camp, who returns in 2019 as our first keynote speaker; and delighted to announce Lesley Palmer is our second keynote speaker.

The calibre of plenary and workshop speakers across the two days of the conference is outstanding and we can't wait until March 2019 to hear from these individuals.

Keynote Speakers

Dr Cameron Camp

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist specialising in applied research in gerontology. He currently serves as Director of Research and Development for the Centre for Applied Research in Dementia. More info »

Lesley Palmer

Ms Lesley Palmer is the Chief Architect for the Dementia Services Development Centre and co-founder of Iridis - a digital technology & built environment research team at the University of Stirling. More info »


Alison Sherratt

Alison works within St Agnes Parish at Catholic Care of the Aged (CCA) as the Lifestyle/Wellbeing Manager and has been working in the Aged care industry for over 20years.Her role is to assist the aged to maintain their wellbeing through healthy and interactive lifestyle programs of their choice. More info »

Andrew Hanna

Andrew is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. He works with individuals across the lifespan and has clinical experience in a variety of tertiary and community mental health settings. More info »

Bronwyn Mitchell

Bronwyn Mitchell is the CEO of Lifebridge Australia – a community based aged care and disability service. More info »

Cate Doyle

Cate Doyle is a Registered Nurse, having worked on the Memory Assessment Program (MAP) in the Northern Tableland region since the beginning of 2005.  More info »

Chris Poulos

Chris Poulos is a Conjoint Professor in the Medical Faculty at the University of NSW, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong. More info »

Christine Evans

Christine Evans is a registered nurse midwife, currently the Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Katherine Hospital in the Northern Territory. More info »

Danielle Dyce

Danielle works as the Dementia Care Program Coordinator for Thompson Health Care’s Macleay Valley House in Frederickton. She has worked in the aged care sector for over 30 years and has developed a strong passion for ensuring the provision of the highest quality dementia care possible. More info »

Debbie Sommers

Debbie Sommers retired to Port Macquarie in 2002 and began volunteering at the Port Macquarie Museum to meet people and to get involved in the local community. She was inspired to begin documenting the Museum’s collection in 2003 and has been doing so ever since.  More info »

Dr Jim Donnelly

Dr James Donnelly trained as a clinical and neuropsychologist in the US before moving to the University of New England in Armidale NSW in 2001. More info »

Dr Matthew Kinchington

Dr Matthew Kinchington has been residing on the Mid North Coast for the last 10 years. He provides outpatient assessments for people with dementia, movement disorders, frailty and falls. He is very interested in the support of people with dementia and their carers. More info »

Fay Walker

Faye Walker is a Registered Nurse and has worked in aged care for many years, with the last 5 years in the Dementia specific unit at Macleay Valley House in Fredericton. More info »

Glenys Petrie

Glenys Petrie worked for Education Queensland, teaching students in the early primary years. She had raised her own children before entering the teaching profession as a mature aged student. More info »

Helen Macukewicz

Helen Macukewicz Msc SCPHN, Bsc (Hons) Advanced Professional Studies in Nursing, DPSN, RN. Helen works as a Professional Officer for the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association. More info »

Jade Sinclair

Jade Sinclair is the Montessori Champion and Trainer with Omnicare Alliance and has worked in the Aged Care Sector for approximately 16 years, working predominately with people living with dementia. More info »

John Quinn

John Quinn's 35 year career in education was not only about imparting knowledge to the students and mentoring his peers. He empowered his students to assume an active role in their learning. More info »

Julie Priest

Julie champions disability access and ageing issues to form Council's approach to inclusion, engagement and planning. More info »

Justine Sneddon

Justine Sneddon has been working with Dementia Australia as a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker. She is located on the Central Coast of NSW and has been undertaking her role for 5 1/2 years since the program's commencement in 2013. More info »

Kara Nicholson

Kara is the Community Development Officer at Omnicare Alliance and works with the local community, council, businesses and groups on projects which positively impact and benefit the community. More info »

Kaye Lilley

Kaye is Omnicare Alliance's WISER Support Champion and has a passion for supporting people living with dementia and their loved ones to live well within their community. More info »

Lisa Hort

Lisa Hort Lisa Hort holds a Diploma in Fine Arts and is currently completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design. She has completed specialized studies in Arts, Health’s and Dementia through the University of Tasmania and with Dementia Australia. More info »

Margaret Rolla

Margaret Rolla has 18 years industry experience in the design and illustration field and has always questioned the relevance of traditional drawing in a digital era. She holds a BDes(Graphic)(Hons.) and is in her final year as a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia. More info »

Michael Kemp

Michael is Mid-North coast born and bred. After completing high school he served with the Royal Australian Air Force on overseas operations during times of conflict. After leaving the Air Force Michael set out to become a physioherapist. More info »

Michelle Heldon

Michelle Heldon is the Art and Dementia Coordinator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. She has over 15 years experience of working in aged care and tailoring art activities for with people living with dementia. More info »

Mitchell Nicholson

Mitchell Nicholson is a primary school teacher at Wauchope Public School and has run an art group with students for the past eight years and an expressive art therapy group with targeted students for the past year. More info »

Professor Joseph Ibrahim

Joseph is Head, Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and contributes to the research and teaching activities of the Centre of Research Excellence in Patient Safety, Department of Epidemiology and Preventi More info »

Roslyn Poulos

Ros Poulos is Associate Professor in Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of New South Wales, Australia. As a public health physician her expertise lies in the area of population health, and her interests have focussed on interventions which can improve the public’s health. More info »

Sally Henry

Sally Henry has more than 15 years' experience working with people living with dementia and their carers. Her role as a Dementia Carer Support Worker is to provide advice and support to carers during the diagnosis and early stages of dementia. More info »

Sandra Kay

Sandra Kay has worked with Dementia Australia for 5 years. Role have included Younger Onset Dementia, delivering education, wellbeing programs for carers and families, counselling and community engagement. Sandra has worked in the aged and disability field for over 20 years. More info »

Sue Silcox

Sue was instrumental in bringing the Ageless Grace® movement program to Australia and as a Certified Educator and Trainer, over the past six years she has trained people in the program both here and in New Zealand. More info »

Vanessa Bushe

Vanessa Bushe graduated from Masters of Clinical Audiology in 2003. Since then she has worked in many different areas of audiology across different fields, from Paediatric to Industrial Audiology. More info »

Yvonne Kiely

Yvonne Kiely is an Artist from Ireland who has been aware of the profound benefit of the Arts in Health since early in her Art career. She worked as a textile designer and buyer in the fashion industry for many years before moving to Port Macquarie. More info »

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