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Repositioning Dementia: A new start will mark the beginning of a new event series for Alzheimers NZ.

This one-day event series will showcase the latest research and updates and feature renowned guest speakers from the sector.

  • Thursday, 23 March 2023
  • Tiakiwai Conference Centre (part of the National Library of New Zealand)
    Aitken Street, Thorndon, Wellington
  • 9am – 5pm (networking event until 7pm)



9am Mihi whakatau, welcome and opening remarks

Representatives of Taranaki Whānui

Catherine Hall, CE Alzheimers NZ

10am Morning tea
10.20am Dementia Mate Wareware Action Plan

Abbe Anderson, National Commissioner Te Whatu Ora
– Health New Zealand

Teresa Wall and Dr Makarena Dudley, Co-Chairs of the Dementia Mate Wareware Leadership and Advisory Group

Dr Makarena Dudley and Dr Kathy Peri, Haumanu Whakaohooho Whakāro – Māori, Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) – Māori

Anne Schumacher, Dementia Wellington, Post-diagnostic support

12pm Lunch
1pm Human rights and the lived experience of dementia mate wareware

Alzheimers NZ Advisory Group – Alister Robertson, My Life’s Journey app

Geof Shirtcliffe, Kaikōmihana Law Commission, Review of adult decision-making capacity

Carolyn Cooper, Aged Care Commissioner, Issues for the sector

2.40pm Afternoon tea
3pm Research – Chaired by Dr Etu Ma’u, University of Auckland

Dr Ngaire Kerse and Prof Vanessa Burholt, on the Co-Created Ageing Research Centre

Brigid Ryan, University of Auckland, Young onset dementia

Dr Fuafiva Faalau, University of Auckland, Pacific experience of dementia

4.30pm Closing

Reflections panel chaired by Sir Richard Faull, Alzheimers NZ Patron

Closing comments by Catherine Hall, CE Alzheimers NZ

Representatives of Taranaki Whānui

Please join us for a networking event from 5pm to 7pm

Keep up-to-date on our News page

The second event will be held on Thursday 21 September 2023, in Christchurch.

If you’d like to present anything at these events please let us know.

Please note this series replaces our biennial conference.

Thanks to our sponsors and supporters

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Founded in Canterbury in 1984, Ryman has been pioneering retirement living in New Zealand for more than 35 years.

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Gold sponsor

Summerset started from humble beginnings and with a simple vision to create a retirement community that their own parents would be happy to call home.

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Freemasons Foundation

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