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Alzheimer’s WA welcomes two new Board Directors

Chairman of Alzheimer’s WA, Adjunct Professor Warren Harding, announces the appointment of two new Non-Executive Board Directors, Mrs Gemma McGrath and Ms Susan Downes following a successful Annual General meeting and an excellent year of growth.
Mr Harding said ‘both appointments have a wealth of experience to add to the skills-based Alzheimer’s WA Board. We are delighted to have them join our purpose-led organisation. We are very strong on Culture and Values based leadership.”
“Mrs McGrath is a lawyer and works with NFP organisations across the aged care and disability sectors. Her focus is on the need to improve the lived experience of our aging population” Mr Harding said.
“Her experience of running Panetta McGrath law firm gives her a range of corporate governance and risk management skills and her understanding of the need for high standards of client care and safety will be invaluable.” Mr Harding said.
“Ms Downes had a successful career in the environmental sector but her passion has been making a difference to the lives of people living with dementia having been a carer to her husband who lived with younger onset dementia.” Mr Harding added.
“Alzheimer’s WA is committed to expanding its services into regional and remote locations given the 3-5x higher prevalence of dementia among Indigenous Australians. The addition of such passionate women on our Board brings diversity particularly given dementia is the leading cause of death for females” Mr Harding said. He also acknowledged the significant contribution of Mr Arnold Stroobach who retired after 9 years.
The Board elections returned Mr Harding and existing director Matt Budge for 3-year terms and Mr Harding was re-elected as Chair and Dr Sean Maher as Deputy Chair. Alzheimer’s WA Chief Executive Officer is Mrs Ella Dachs.




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Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation


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International Dementia Expert, Michael Verde, returns to Western Australia to premiere his new documentary


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Ambassadors touched by dementia go a month without chocolate


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Chair of Alzheimer’s WA, Craig Masarei and CEO Rhonda Parker are delighted to announce the appointment of two new Board directors for 2019, Mr Warren Harding and Mr Matthew Budge.

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Toodyay to become dementia friendly town


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Margaret River to become WA’s next dementia friendly town

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The town of Margaret River looks set to become another dementia friendly community, following confirmation of funding and support from the Shire and the local Lions and Rotary Clubs.

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Alzheimer’s WA oppose funding changes for carers


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Local resident bequests $1 million to Alzheimer’s WA


The late Don Brandenburg, a resident of the Great Southern, bequeathed part of his estate for the wellbeing of older people in the region. Apart from donations to other local organisations, the trustees of the estate have bequeathed $1,000,000 to Alzheimer’s WA to build a dementia specific short stay respite home. This will be built alongside the Hawthorn House dementia hub in Henry Street, Albany, and will enable us to respond to the unmet demand for dementia respite in the region.

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