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The CIP-D Team

Professor Elizabeth Beattie is Director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre - Carers and Consumers and Professor of Aged and Dementia Care in the School of Nursing at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her primary research interests lie in the area of prevention of negative functional outcomes of behavioural issues in dementia, and she is currently contributing to the development of robust interventions to improve the quality of life of people with dementia and those who care for them.

 

Dr Leander Mitchell is a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist, with her work focusing on the field of geropsychology. She has previously worked with the DBMAS - Alzheimer's Australia (Qld) team to help professional and family caregivers manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia, including specific recommendations and broader focused training sessions. Currently, she lectures in psychology, is involved in research projects focusing on older adults, and sees older adult clients both for therapy and assessment referrals. 

 

Professor Richard Fleming is Director of the NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre based in the School of Nursing in the University of Wollongong. His primary research interests lie in understanding the role the built environment plays in supporting the functioning and quality of life of people with dementia in residential aged care. This is developing into an interest in the development of dementia friendly communities and how to evaluate the helpful and unhelpful characteristics of public and commercial buildings.

 

Frederick Graham is Clinical Nurse Consultant for Delirium & Dementia at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane. In his professional work, he has focussed on developing and implementing quality improvement strategies for hospitals such as staff education programs, special care units, behavioural observation tools, recreational resources, and a cognition champions group. Fred in undertaking a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, incorporating virtual simulation technology to explore how acute-care nurses make decisions about care for people with dementia.

 

Professor Wendy Moyle is Director of the Centre for Health Practice Innovation, a research program in the Griffith Health Institute and Professor of Nursing in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Griffith University. Her research focuses on finding evidence for managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia using controlled trials to test psychosocial interventions, assistive technologies/social robots, and complementary and alternative medicine interventions.

 

Professor Nancy Pachana is Co-Director of the University of Queensland's Ageing Mind Initiative, and Director of Clinical Training in the School of Psychology at UQ. Her primary research interests lie in the area of assessment and treatment of late-life anxiety, driving capacity and driving cessation in persons with dementia, psychosocial interventions in long-term care settings, and interdisciplinary mental health training. She consults with the DBMAS - Alzheimer's Australia (Qld) team to help professional and family caregivers manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

 

Kate Swaffer is a consultant for Alzheimer's Australia, working with the national office specifically on the dementia friendly initiatives around Australia. She has just completed a Masters of Science in Dementia Care at the University of Wollongong, has a Bachelor of Psychology, a Bachelor of Arts in professional writing, a Chef's certificate, a Graduate Diploma in Grief Counselling, and was an RN, having working in aged and dementia care, and operating theatres. Kate's professional and research interests now include the quality of the care provided for people diagnosed with dementia, the lived experience of dementia, and she has a specific focus on stigma, human rights, discrimination, and language in the dementia sector.