The 17th Alzheimer’s Australia Biennial National Dementia Conference – Be the Change 2017 – is fast approaching. It is shaping up to be a fantastic conference, which will inspire delegates to Be the Change in improving the lives of people living with dementia.

Take the opportunity to be part of an amazing and unique event which has not been held in Melbourne since 2002. The conference takes place in less than two weeks and registration is still open. Book today.

The conference aims to inspire delegates to explore more innovative and creative ways to improve the quality of life and support of people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.

An extraordinary list of international and national keynote speakers will present including;

  • Naomi Feil, USA, world-renowned since the 1960s, for her Validation method in dementia care;
  • Prof Sam Gandy, USA, an international expert in the metabolism amyloid that clogs the brain in people living with Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Prof Dawn Brooker, UK, who has dedicated her career to developing evidence based practical ways to enable those living with dementia to have the best possible quality of life.
  • Dr Cameron Camp, USA, Director of Research and Development for the Centre for Applied Research in Dementia. He is a world renowned specialist in integrating the Montessori method into dementia practice.
  • Christen Bryden, dementia advocate and author
  • Kate Swaffer, CEO Dementia Alliance International, and  advocate and activist for people living with dementia.

See the full list of keynote speakers

Interactive workshops will provide delegates with unique opportunities to hear from international thought leaders and interact with other delegates.

The event will offer delegates the opportunity to experience Alzheimer’s Australia’s award-winning, groundbreaking technology using virtual reality, video games, 3D design, apps and multiple websites.

You will be able to experience a world-first, walk-through, art installation, researching how sound impacts on our cognitive function, which is aiming to prompt our thinking around how the environment we create can be more supportive.

See the full program of speakers, concurrent sessions and workshops


Feed Your Senses at the conference


Through the use of technology, the Feed Your Senses space will inspire delegates to think about dementia in new ways, which can provide people living with dementia with greater independence and enjoyment of their lives.


In the Alzheimer’s Australia Sensory Garden, nature and technology meet to create an immersive learning experience. Delegates can play with the Virtual Forest™ and relax in a pop-up dementia-friendly garden. The garden will allow people living with dementia, their carers and families to appreciate the benefits of gardening and the outdoors. It also provides pointers on how to create dementia-friendly outdoor spaces. Guest speakers will explore gardening and cooking activities that benefit people living with dementia, their carers and families.


Explore various technology exhibits from local universities as well as Alzheimer’s Australia.

  • Swinburne University – Meet robots and play with iPad applications that assist people living with dementia.
  • Deakin University – Experience a Smart Home application that enables people living with dementia to live at home safely, and for longer.
  • Melbourne University – View Melbourne University’s Enabling Environments project, where architecture students have designed safe and creative spaces for people living in residential aged care.


Alzheimer’s Australia – Experience an immersive virtual reality in the life of Edie, who lives with dementia. Learn more about the websites, courses and services that Alzheimer’s Australia offers to support people living with dementia, their families and carers. The Alzheimer’s Australia marketing team will also be on hand to provide delegates with vital social media tips and tricks and answer any social media questions.


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