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The Dementia Symposium 2023: Dementia and the Next Decade

On October 11th more than 200 people gathered at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for Alzheimer’s WA 2023 Dementia Symposium. The event featured a line-up of world class speakers from State and Federal Government, experts, advocates, academics, and industry leaders in the dementia field.


After a beautiful Welcome to Country by Nick Abraham, Alzheimer’s WA CEO Ella Dachs officially opened the event. The theme for the 9th annual symposium was Dementia and the Next Decade: Maintaining Dignity Throughout the Journey. The highlight of the event featured the unveiling of the new ten-year National Dementia Action Plan (NDAP) by keynote speaker Federal Assistant Secretary, Robert Day. The NDAP is a joint initiative between Federal and State governments to better address stigma, improve quality care and prioritise the needs of those living with dementia. Alzheimer’s WA Chair, Professor Warren Harding AM has been a contributor to the NDAP’s development as a member of the National Dementia Expert Reference Group. 


Professor Warren Harding led the first panel discussion along with Robert Day and Liz Behjat, State Manager for Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA) WA. An interactive Q&A with audience members enabled attendees to gain insights from the industry leaders. 


Throughout the symposium, we had engaging presentations on person-centred care, cutting-edge innovation and research, and the practical challenges faced by people living with dementia, their families, and caregivers.  

The audience was treated to a post-lunch show by the Friends in Harmony Choir and seated performance by LIFESPAN Dance.  


The symposium also provided a perfect opportunity to congratulate our 2023 Dementia Change Champion, Lyndsey McKenzie, who works at Davis House respite centre. Run by Alzheimer’s WA, this program supports organisations develop and maintain a skilled workforce to better support the needs of people living with dementia. 


It was inspiring to see so many passionate individuals coming together to make a difference. We want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our Dementia Change Champions, the nominees and congratulate this year’s winner Lyndsey McKenzie, AWA’s valued volunteers, speakers, and attendees for their invaluable contribution to the success of this year’s Symposium. Your dedication and support are truly appreciated.  


Together, we are making a difference in the lives of those living with dementia. 

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