Do You Die of Dementia?

Managing Dementia from beginning to end


Thursday 26 May 2016

Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke building, UniSA City West campus

Podcast available HERE

Dementia was identified as the second highest cause of death in Australia according the latest statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.  Dementia also carries a significant symptom burden that is amenable to palliative intervention.   This public forum will discuss the question of Dementia being a terminal illness from diagnosis and explore some of the reasons why society generally doesn’t recognise or acknowledge this, and the consequences for people living with dementia and their families.  How can we do better?

Professor Rod MacLeod

Professor Rod MacLeod
Professor MacLeod is Senior Staff Specialist in Palliative Care at HammondCare in Sydney and Conjoint Professor in Palliative Care at the University of Sydney Northern Clinical School and has worked in palliative care in Australia, New Zealand and England for over 25 years. He has written books and published widely in national and international journals on many aspects of palliative care.

He was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2015 for services to hospice and palliative care. He lives in Sydney and Auckland.

Dr Michal BoydDr Michal Boyd
Dr Boyd is a Gerontology Nurse Practitioner and a Senior Lecturer with the School of Nursing and the Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Auckland. She has been a provider, leader and researcher of innovative healthcare programmes for older people since the early 1990s.  She developed the “Residential Aged Care Integration Programme” at Waitemata District Health Board and was co-editor of the “Care Home Handbook”. She is currently involved in implementing and researching innovative models of care for people with dementia and palliative care for older people in residential aged care facilities.


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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and Palliative Care South Australia Inc



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