The Project Advisory Board is for providing overall strategic guidance and direction for the project. The board will provide guidance on taking the StepUp for Dementia Research platform from a project state to an established and funded standalone system.
Our sincere thank you to our Project Advisory Board members for their continuing guidance and counsel.
Dr Anthony (Tony) Hobbs is a former Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the Commonwealth Department of Health. Dr Hobbs was previously the Principal Medical Adviser at the Therapeutic Goods Administration from Feb 2013 – May 2015. He was a General Practitioner in rural NSW for nearly twenty years, delivering comprehensive coordinated care to the local community, including Obstetric, Paediatric and care to residents in residential aged care facilities. Dr Hobbs has made a significant contribution to Australia’s health system as Chair of the External Reference Group that in 2009 developed Australia’s first national Primary Health Care Strategy.
Professor Donna Waters is the Head of School and Dean of the Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery (Sydney Nursing School). She is a registered nurse with over 25 years’ experience in nursing education, research, teaching and the management of nursing, medical and health services research. Donna is a Board Member of The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network and Chair of its Network Health Care Quality Committee.
Elizabeth Beattie, Professor of Aged and Dementia Care, School of Nursing, Queensland University of Technology, is a psychogeriatric nurse educated in Australia, the UK and the US who has been involved in dementia-focused clinical practice, education and research for 30 years. She is a Director of the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Dementia Training Australia. Elizabeth has an international nursing leadership profile and a sustained record of competitive research funding and publication. Her research is focused on improving the quality of care and quality of life of people living with dementia and those who support them.
Guy is a professor and Director of the MBA program at the University of Sydney Business School. He was previously Interim Dean and Deputy Dean at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Guy’s background is in finance and business model innovation. Guy is also on the Board of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopters.
Professor Brodaty is a researcher, clinician, policy advisor and strong advocate for people with dementia and their carers. At UNSW Sydney, he is Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, and Director, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration. He has over 500 publications in refereed journals, is senior psychogeriatrician and Head of the Memory Clinic at Prince of Wales Hospital.
Jason is Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation at Alzheimer’s WA. Jason has 30 years clinical, educational and managerial experience in the field of dementia care and is passionate about improving the lived experience of dementia for those living with it and those who support them. He has responsibility for research strategy and establishing evidence based services and emerging sector partnerships.
Professor Vickers is the Director of the Wicking Dementia Centre. His main research areas are in neurodegenerative conditions, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, as well as neural injury and plasticity. His research extends from human brain research through to experimental models and interventional cohort studies.
Janice Besch is the Director of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR). The Institute is an NHMRC Program hosted at the NHMRC’s Canberra offices and delivered by Dementia Australia. NNIDR targets, coordinates and translates the strategic expansion of dementia research in Australia in collaboration with Australia’s leading dementia researchers while also drawing on the expertise of consumers, health professionals, industry and policy makers to translate evidence into policy and practice.
Janice has held senior strategy and management positions at three Australian universities, within the not-for-profit sector and in government, providing valuable experience and insights that position her well for her work at NNIDR.
Kaele Stokes is Executive Director Consumer Engagement, Policy and Research at Dementia Australia. Her portfolios span a range of strategic and policy initiatives, including elevating the voice of people living with dementia, their families and carers through a wide range of consumer engagement activities, undertaking systemic advocacy on key issues for people impacted by dementia and supporting international and national research.
Nicki is a Partner, and the KPMG co-lead for Ageing. She has extensive experience working with clients within the ageing and community sectors, including Commonwealth and State government jurisdictions, health services and aged care providers. Nicki is a qualified physiotherapist, with extensive clinical, management and project experience, and has worked in Australia and the United Kingdom. With strong strategic and operational focus, she incorporates a clinical focus into her engagements.
Susan Kurrle is a practising geriatrician who holds the Curran Chair in Health Care of Older People and is Director of the Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre (CDPC) at the University of Sydney. Professor Kurrle and the CDPC focus on research and implementation research to improve care for people with dementia.
Professor Yun-Hee Jeon is the Susan and Isaac Wakil Professor of Healthy Ageing at Sydney Nursing School and leads StepUp for Dementia Research. She is recognised as a leader in research to person-centred care, reablement, measuring quality, and outcome measures in dementia and aged care workforce leadership. Her research outputs, and clinical leadership development have been used to inform policy development as well as practice improvement in aged and dementia care.