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Speakers

Keynote Speakers


Dr Cameron Camp

Dr Cameron Camp – American Montessori expert

Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., is a noted psychologist specialising in applied research in gerontology. He currently serves as Director of Research and Development for the Centre for Applied Research in Dementia.

Dr Camp gives workshops on designing cognitive and behavioural interventions for dementia internationally. These interventions are all designed to reduce challenging behaviours and increase the level of functioning of persons with dementia.

He has co-authored three college textbooks and published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Dr Camp is a Fellow and past-president of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a Charter Member of the Association for Psychological Science. His research has been funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, and the National Alzheimer’s Association.


Speakers


Dr James Donnelly

Dr James (Jim) Donnelly

Dr James Donnelly trained as a clinical and neuropsychologist in the US before moving to the University of New England in Armidale NSW in 2001. After a few years as head of Psychology at Sydney Children’s Hospital he has been conducting research on the brain, ageing and human emotion while also teaching at Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour. He has been collaborating with area health, schools and most recently Hastings District Respite Care/Omnicare Alliance to better understand how to support clients with dementia and their carers.  He brings over 20 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of older adults and their families, as well as expertise in the support of the wellbeing in healthcare staff.


Julie Dunn

Julie Dunn

Julie Dunn is the manager of Dementia and Aged Services at HDRC Services, and has worked in the community aged care sector as a case manager and educator. Julie is a firm advocate for people living with dementia and those who care for them and strives to ensure programs delivered at HDRC Services meet best practice for supporting people with dementia in the community. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.


Andrew Hannah

Andrew Hanna

Andrew Hanna is a registered psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Andrew has particular interests in the application of mindfulness-based interventions, working with clients with chronic health conditions and/or persistent pain, work-related stress and burnout, and older adults with complex needs. He has a Bachelor of Science and Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Monash University and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Bond University. Andrew is currently completing a PhD investigating the Montessori approach to dementia care at Southern Cross University.


Dr Matt Kinchington

Dr Matt Kinchington

Dr Matthew Kinchington has resided on the Mid North Coast for the last 10 years, and provides outpatient assessments for people with dementia, movement disorders, frailty and falls. He is very interested in the support of people with dementia and their carers.

Matt is the head of the division of Medicine of the Port Macquarie Base Hospital, and provides general medicine services as well as running the Acute Stroke Unit and Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit. He is a senior lecturer with Rural Clinical School Port Macquarie UNSW.


Lynette Murphy

Lynette Murphy

Lynette Murphy is the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker with Alzheimer’s Australia NSW and has worked in the Port Macquarie area for over 20 years. Lyn has extensive experience working in the disability, aged care and community sectors and is passionate about her work and supporting those with younger onset dementia and their carers. Lyn would like to see the provision of services, and support for people with dementia, particularly those with Younger Onset Dementia, to be more recognised across the health sectors. Lyn holds a post graduate degree in Social Science – Community work.


Workshop Presenters


Lisa Hort

Lisa Hort

Lisa Hort is an artist and creative ageing practitioner who has worked in the Arts, Health and Education fields for seven years. Lisa has considerable experience in developing and facilitating creative projects for the aged and persons living with cognitive decline, including facilitating the Creative Arts and TimeSlips program through local aged care and community based day respite centres. Lisa holds a Diploma in Fine Arts and is currently studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts and Design (Fine Arts). In 2016 Lisa studied the Arts and Dementia Care unit with UTAS and has also completed various dementia related training workshops.


Yvonne Kiely

Yvonne Kiely

Yvonne Kiely is an artist from Ireland who has been aware of the profound benefit of the Arts in Health since early in her art career. Yvonne has a Diploma in Art Therapy and has been working as an Art Therapist in Catholic Aged Care since 2008. Yvonne has worked with older people on many small and large group paintings which proudly hang on the walls of Mt Carmel House, Maryknoll, and St Angus Hostel in Port Macquarie and Vincent Court in Kempsey.


Cath Manuel

Cath Manuel

Cath Manuel is the founder and director of Soil to Supper. Cath’s interests are in teaching all aspects of therapeutic and organic gardening and sustainability. She has an interest in the health benefits from gardening and plants and their uses. Cath holds a Diploma of Horticulture, Certificate in Horticultural Therapy and has completed a Permaculture Design Course, in addition to training in garden therapy and organic food growing.


Mitchell Nicholson

Mitchell Nicholson

Mitchell Nicholson is a primary school teacher at Wauchope Public School and has run an art group with students for the past seven years. This group focuses on skill building, art appreciation and making and maintaining community and business ties, which includes the intergenerational program with residents at St Agnes’ Site, Catholic Care of the Aged. He completed his Bachelor of Primary Education at UNE, and has been teaching for nine years.


Alison Sherratt

Alison Sherratt

Alison Sherratt is the Lifestyle and Volunteers Coordinator at Catholic Care of the Aged and has been working in care and lifestyle roles since 1998 before moving into a coordination role overseeing the Lifestyle programs and volunteers in 2009. Intergenerational programs with residents isn’t a new concept for Catholic Care of the Aged, with Mount Carmel (another facility on the St Agnes’ site) gaining a Better Practice Award for the intergenerational program run between residents and students from St Joseph’s Primary School. Alison has numerous qualifications including various level Certificates in Aged Care, Leadership & Management and NVQ in Hospital Care UK and a Diploma in Leisure & Health.


Jade Sinclair

Jade Sinclair

Jade Sinclair is the Montessori Champion with HDRC Services and has worked in the Aged Care Sector, both residential and community setting for approximately 15 years, working predominately with clients living with dementia. Jade undertook training and completed competency in the Montessori approach for Dementia with Anne Kelly from Montessori Ageing Support Services Australia. Within her role as Montessori Champion at HDRC she is responsible for training and mentoring of staff, volunteers and carers in the WISER approach to community dementia care incorporating the Montessori principles for dementia.


Greta Warner

Greta Warner

Greta Warner is the director of an inclusive theatre group called ‘Creating in the Hastings’, a stage for everyone and has worked with Hastings District Respite Care as a drama teacher for four years. Involved in the theatre for over 35 years, Greta moved to Port Macquarie 20 years ago and has been teaching singing and theory at the Academy of Music for 11 years. Greta also ran the Wauchope Youth Theatre for 10 years and the Bago Magic Theatre Company for four years.