We recently welcomed three new members to the Dementia Australia Advisory Committee.
The committee is made up of people living with dementia who are active advocates in their communities. The aim is to inform Dementia Australia about the priorities of people living with dementia in regards to advocacy, policy, service delivery and program development.
The three new members are:
Ann Pietsch (South Australia)
Ann, who has been an advocate for Dementia Australia for many years, has attended consumer summits, contributed to media activity and supported many events and activities in Adelaide.
She is also a member of the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research advisory committee and Dementia Australia Research Foundation Scientific Panel committee.
Ann, who trained as a general nurse and midwife, later gained a bachelor degree in Applied Science – Nursing Administration and has a special interest in gerontology.
Kerin Glennen (Victoria)
Kerin has had a diverse career including grave digger, cheese maker, teacher and school principal.
His drive for continual improvement has led to completing two master’s degrees and five post-graduate degrees in education and administration.
Juanita Hughes (Queensland)
Juanita has a strong family history of behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD) and, because of this history, her family has extensive involvement in scientific research into bvFTD.
This led to Juanita’s academic interest – she has commenced a Master of Diagnostic Genomics, with plans to continue into a PhD program.
For more information on the committee, visit www.dementia.org.au/about-us/advisory-groups/dementia-advisory-committee