2018 Conference - Confirmed speakers

Confirmed speakers include:

Dr Margaret Dudley 
Te Rarawa, Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kahu
Lecturer, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Programme, University of Auckland

Margaret is a Clinical Psychologist who has specialised in the field of neuropsychology and has a particular interest in how neuropsychology interfaces with Māori. Margaret is the principal investigator on an Health Research Council funded project “A Māori approach to the assessment and management of dementia”. The aims of the project are to develop a Māori theory of dementia as well as a cognitive and functional tool to assist in the diagnosis of dementia in Māori. Read more.

Phyllis Fehr
Ontario Dementia Advisory Group, past Board member and Vice Chair, Board member of Dementia Alliance International (DAI)

Phyllis Fehr was given a working diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s along with Lewy Body dementia when she was 53, working full time in the intensive care unit as a registered nurse. Phyllis promotes the abilities of people living with dementia by advocating for people living with this disease both locally and nationally. Phyllis advocates change for people with dementia as an Ontario Dementia Advisory board co-chair with a focus on government policy.  Phyllis is also on a number of boards and steering committees. Read more.

Oleg Kiriaev
Hospice West Auckland

Oleg is a palliative care specialist working in West Auckland hospice and a geriatrician in the mental health services for older people’s team at Green Lane clinical centre. His particular interests include advance care planning and communication. Read more.

Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low 
Associate Professor of Aging and Health, University of Sydney

Lee-Fay Low is a registered psychologist with a PhD in psychiatric epidemiology. Her main areas of expertise are in home and residential care for older people, wellbeing in people with dementia, risk factors for dementia, dementia literacy, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She is particularly interested in developing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of life of older people. She has extensive methodological skills in population studies, systematic reviews, clustered randomised trials, instrument development and evaluation, and translation of research into practice. Read more.

Maree McCabe 
CEO, Dementia Australia

Maree McCabe is a recognised leader in the health and aged care sector Maree brings extensive experience across the health, mental health and aged care sectors to her current role. Her career accomplishments include leading the successful unification of Alzheimer’s Australia and rebranding to Dementia Australia, the development of internationally recognised technology at Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, now used nationally and internationally. Executive roles in aged care and mental health. Maree is a member of a number of commonwealth health and aged care sector committees and Boards. Internationally Maree is a member of the Alzheimer’s Disease International Asia Pacific Regional Committee and the Nominations Committee. 

Bobby Redman
Dementia Advocate/Peer Supporter 

As a retired psychologist, diagnosed with fronto-temporal dementia, I am passionate about my advocacy work with Dementia Australia, sitting on the Sydney Consumer Advocacy and National Dementia Australia Advisory Committees. As part of the Central Coast Dementia Alliance, I am committed to converting the Central Coast, NSW into a dementia friendly community. My advisory roles in research have provided me with the opportunity to stay engaged and informed, as well as the opportunity to provide peer support fo rothers living with dementia. In addition to my work in dementia advocacy, I am a mother and grandmother of three beautiful grandsons and an active Rotarian and Red Cross volunteer.

Liz Smith
Litmus Partner, Litmus

Liz is the co-founder of Litmus, an independent social research and evaluation consultancy. Litmus vision is to create knowledge to support change for a just and sustainable world. Over the last 20 years, Liz has conducted research and evaluation in the health, disability and justice sectors. Liz believes understanding people’s stories is central to creating positive change. Liz has led research into the lives of disabled people, people living with cancer a, families with disabled children, people living remotely, and those living with addictions. Her research has informed Government policies and legislative change to enable people to live better lives.

Paula Tesoriero
Disability Rights Commissioner

A world champion athlete and senior public service manager, Paula is a governance expert serving on several boards including the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, NZ Artificial Limb Service and Sport Wellington. She is also a member of the NZ Sports Tribunal.  A former lawyer with a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Management, Paula has worked as a General Manager at Stats NZ and the Ministry of Justice.  Winning gold in a world-record breaking time at the Beijing Summer Paralympics, her services to cycling were recognised when she was made a Member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2009. Read more.

Professor Alison Wray
Professor in Language and Communication, Cardiff University UK

Alison’s research has ranged across the nature of words and phrases, the evolutionary origins of language, how foreign languages are learned, and the genetic component of linguistic ability. For the past decade she has been drawing on her expertise in language processing to explore the nature of communication by and with people with dementia. Her focus is the way that linguistic and interactional behaviour changes in the face of cognitive challenges affecting the production and comprehension of language. Read more.


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