2018 Conference - Programme

The Alzheimers NZ Conference is the event of the year for the New Zealand dementia community. 

It will be NZ’s only dementia conference this year, attracting leading speakers from the region and globally and harnessing knowledge and insights from a range of sectors.

The conference will engage us all in thought-provoking conversations, challenging our views of dementia and what we can do about it. 

Use the drop down menus below to explore the programme day by day, or download a PDF here

Please note, there will be regular updates as we confirm concurrent sessions and presenters. 

Conference programme outline

 Thursday 25th October

9am Opening

9.30am Plenary session 1
Citizenship and rights for people with dementia 
Phyllis Fehr - Board member of Dementia Alliance International

10.30am Morning tea

11am Plenary session 2
Prescribing engagement: Supporting people recently diagnosed with dementia
Lee-Fay Low - Associate Professor of Aging and Health, University of Sydney and Bobby Redman - Dementia Advocate/Peer Supporter

12pm Lunch

1pm Concurrent session 1

  • Peer services
  • Citizenship and rights for people with dementia
  • Innovations from the margins to the centre
  • Workshops

3pm Afternoon tea

3.30pm Plenary Session 3
Mind what you say: How communication shapes the dementia experience
Alison Wray - Professor in Language and Communication, Cardiff University UK

4.30pm Plenary Session 4
Connecting@: Technology platforms

5.30pm Networking function

 Friday 26th October

9am Plenary session 4
Best evidence and future directions: Research progress

9.45am Key symposium: Living well with dementia
Convenor: Dr Matthew Croucher
Confirmed symposium presenters: Dr Yoram Barak, Dr Gary Cheung, Dr Matthew Croucher, Dr Oleg Kiriaev, Dr Chris Perkins, Dr Carol Wham. Click here for more information.

10.30am Morning Tea

11am Living well with dementia symposium continued

12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Concurrent session 2
Living well with dementia symposium

  • Workshops
  • Peer services  
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovations from the margins to the centre

3.30pm Afternoon tea

4pm Living well with dementia symposium continued 

5pm End of day

 Saturday 27th October

8.30am Concurrent session 3

  • Workshops
  • Peer services 
  • Effectiveness
  • Innovations from the margins to the centre

10am  Morning tea

10.30am Plenary session 5
A Māori approach to the assessment and management of dementia

Margaret Dudley

11.15am Plenary session 6
The lived experience of dementia

11.45am Plenary session 7
National platforms for local change
Age Friendly Communities
Dementia Friendly Recognition Programme
Dementia Friends Programme
Dementia Services and Standards

12.45pm Closing remarks

1pm Conference end

Building on the success of the 2016 conference

Our 2018 event builds on our hugely successful 2016 conference which was also the 19th Asia Pacific Regional conference.

The conference had nearly 400 attendees and in a world first, 20 percent of registrations were from people with dementia and their care partners.

“What an amazing conference! There was not only great info and great inclusion, but so much positivity and hope!” Al Power, University of Rochester New York


“Excellent range of talks, overall participation of people living with dementia, and a very positive and empowering feel to the entire conference.” Conference attendee