For all who work with people with dementia

Meet the Team

Editorial Team

Professor Belinda Goodenough

Connection to the dementia community: Research and knowledge translation

Position/Job Title: AJDC Co-Editor; Executive Director Dementia Training Australia

Organisation/Affiliation: Dementia Training Australia, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

Belinda is a behavioural scientist with over 25 years’ experience in health, and health services research. Belinda has a specific interest in knowledge translation and implementation science – how to put evidence into practice.

Much of her work at Dementia Training Australia involves developing and disseminating resources to help support the workforce to lead innovation and change.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: More of the ‘big picture’ lens, to help practitioners and service managers understand the vision in national policy developments.

Associate Professor Lyn Phillipson

Connection to the dementia community: Researcher

Position/Job Title: AJDC Co-Editor; Principal Research Fellow, University of Wollongong

Organisation/Affiliation: School of Health and Society, Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia.

Lyn is an award-winning public health academic who engages in research and action to promote aged and dementia-friendly communities. She has expertise in the development and use of inclusive and participatory methods to work with people with dementia and their care partners. Lyn also has extensive experience in the use of social marketing as an action framework to promote health in diverse areas including: dementia friendly communities, respite for carers of people with dementia; dementia risk reduction, and dementia help-seeking and service utilisation. In 2018, Lyn was appointed as an Age Friendly Mentor under the World Health Organisation and International Federation of Ageing’s Age-friendly Environments Mentorship Program (MENTOR-AFE), established to foster leadership development in people striving to make their communities more responsive to people of all ages.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Increasing the focus on life and care for people with dementia in community settings.

Dr Louisa Smith

Connection to the dementia community: Researcher and advocate for people with dementia

Position/Job Title: AJDC Co-Editor; Research Fellow,University of Wollongong (UOW), Australian Health Services Research Institute (AHSRI), Faculty of Business and Law (BAL), NSW Australia

Organisation/Affiliation: AHSRI, BAL, UOW.

Louisa is an early-career researcher and Research Fellow at Australian Health Services Research Institute, UOW. Louisa’s research interests centre on the relationship between experiences of disability across the life course, complexity, social policy and social change. Louisa is particularly interested in supporting people with dementia to be engaged in research and co-design processes for connection. Louisa leads the Care Connections stream of the Connections for Life with Dementia, Global Challenges Program Keystone project. Louisa uses creative and arts-based methods to engage people with complex support needs, disabilities and dementia, and those who provide care.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Supporting the inclusion of the voices of people with dementia and including these voices in debates about dementia care.

Ms Kerry Schelks

Connection to the dementia community: Writer and editor specialising in dementia care. Kerry’s father lived with dementia and she understands first-hand the importance of access to quality dementia care support, information and resources.

Position/Job Title: AJDC Managing Editor

Organisation/Affiliation:Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong

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Kerry is an experienced communications, media and publishing professional, specialising in the dementia, aged and health care sectors. She has worked as a journalist, production editor and writer for various Australian media organisations, as well as NSW Health and within the School of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong. Kerry has been Managing Editor of the AJDC since 2012, with responsibility for co-ordinating publication of the journal, edition planning and production.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Increasing the range and depth of topics and opinions featured in the AJDC – making it even more relevant and useful to all those with an interest in dementia.

Ms Catherine Ross

Connection to the dementia community: Writer and editor specialising in dementia care

Position/Job Title: Communications Specialist with Dementia Training Australia

Organisation/Affiliation:
Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Catherine has worked in the dementia care field for over 30 years. She began as an activities worker in an aged care facility then worked for many years as a social worker with people with dementia. For the past 15 years Catherine has worked as a writer and editor specialising in dementia care, with key roles including the Editor of the UK Journal of Dementia Care from 2012-2014, and editor of Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) Dementia web resource (2009-2015). She has been a Contributing Editor for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care since 2018.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Growing a sense of community among AJDC readership through greater online engagement.

Mr Andrew Chapman

Connection to the dementia community: Andrew has been a member of the AJDC team since its launch in 2012 and also worked as Production Editor with the UK Journal of Dementia Care for many years.

Position/Job Title: AJDC Production Editor

Organisation/Affiliation: Australian Journal of Dementia Care.

Andrew has been an editor and page layout expert for more than 20 years and is a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.

Editorial Advisors

Dr Marita Chisholm

Connection to the dementia community: Service provider and researcher. Marita’s father is living with dementia

Position/Job Title: Innovation and Projects Manager Older Persons Health

Organisation/Affiliation:
Rural Northwest Health, Victoria.

Marita has worked in a variety of clinical settings and is an early-career researcher with over 10 years’ research experience across a range of projects at Monash University and La Trobe University, completing her PhD in 2016.  Marita’s interests include person-centred care, personhood, and rural and regional communities. Marita is the Innovation and Projects Manager Older Persons Health at Rural Northwest Health and is a Fellow with the Capacity Building in Care Research (CBCR) program, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC).

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Dementia care in rural and regional Australia across a range of care settings (with an interest in the Aged Care Quality Standards).

Mr Dennis Frost

Position/Job Title: Chair of the Southern Dementia Advisory Group, Kiama, NSW, Australia; Dementia Australia’s Dementia Advisory Committee member

Organisation/Affiliation: Southern Dementia Advisory Group, NSW, Australia; Dementia Australia Dementia Advisory Committee.

Twelve years ago, Dennis’ mother was diagnosed with dementia shortly after her 90th birthday and her family were advised that she should go into care. This was arranged and after a few weeks she had a fall and broke her hip. She died a short time later as a result of the complications.
Then, in 2013, a couple of days after his 59th birthday, Dennis was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. After a year or so of increasing social isolation he became involved in the

Dementia Friendly Kiama project. Around that time, he also became aware of Dementia Alliance International and has been an active member since then.

In 2016, Dennis was invited to speak at the Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) conference in Budapest about his experiences. In 2017 he was invited to present about the Kiama project at the Dementia Friendly Communities workshop event at the 2017 ADI conference in Kyoto, Japan. He was also invited to Singapore to advise on and discuss Dementia Friendly Communities with Singapore’s Alzheimer’s Association.

Dennis has been a member of Dementia Australia’s Dementia Advisory Committee since late 2017.

Since his initial involvement with the Dementia Friendly Kiama project he has been involved in numerous research projects and has taken on a research advisory role with the University of Wollongong’s Connections for Life with Dementia

projects. More recently, he has also taken on advisory roles with the Sydney Dementia Network and University of Queensland, as well as continuing his role as Chair of the Southern Dementia Advisory Group. He is also a member of the StepUp for Dementia Research public involvement panel.
Dennis has a Bachelor of Science (Hons), Diploma of Education, Associate Diploma of Computer Applications and is a Certified Netware Engineer (CNE).

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: I am interested in research news, with the experience of the project participant, and promoting the active involvement of people living with dementia in all aspects of research, from concept to implementation, including the co-design and development of assistive technologies.

Dr Claire O’Connor

Connection to the dementia community: Researcher

Position/Job Title: Research Fellow, HammondCare; Conjoint Lecturer, School of Population Health, UNSW

Organisation/Affiliation: HammondCare; School of Population Health, UNSW.

Claire is an early-career researcher and Research Fellow at the Centre for Positive Ageing, HammondCare, a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Population Health, UNSW, and is a registered occupational therapist (AHPRA). Her research focuses on people living with dementia, their families and supporters, with particular interest in non-pharmacological intervention to maximise engagement, functioning, independence, and to support behaviour management. Combining her clinical training in occupational therapy and research skills, Claire is passionate about contributing to research that is meaningful to people impacted by dementia and is particularly interested in the translation and implementation of research to generate positive change.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Translating research and evidence-based developments in dementia practice for people with lived experience of dementia.

Associate Professor Lezanne Ooi

Connection to the dementia community: Lezanne’s Gran had dementia; they were very close when she was young. Lezanne was already studying neuroscience when her Gran received her diagnosis, so she decided to research Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Position/Job Title: Principal Research Fellow

Organisation/Affiliation:
University of Wollongong and the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute.

Lezanne is an early-career researcher and an NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellow and Group Leader of the Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration Lab. She established her lab at the University of Wollongong in 2012. She uses cells from patients to try to understand the changes that occur in diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and to test potential drugs.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Involving people living with dementia, carers and consumers in research design and research finding discussions.

Dr Chris While

Connection to the dementia community: Educator and researcher

Position/Job Title: Training Consultant at Dementia Training Australia; Research Fellow, La Trobe University and the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care

Organisation/Affiliation:
La Trobe University.

Chris is an early-career researcher and registered psychiatric nurse, with extensive experience in the care of people living with dementia and older adults with mental illness. Her interest is in applied implementation that addresses the barriers to translation of research outcomes into practical and sustainable day-to-day care that will enhance the quality of life for people living with dementia. She currently manages the DTA Fellowship Program which builds knowledge translation skills of clinical leaders in aged care.

Aspect of AJDC I would like to see develop: Supporting dementia care leaders to mobilise new knowledge and create a learning environment that supports innovation.

Editorial Support Team

Ms Emma Paul

Connection to the dementia community: Employee of Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Position/Job Title: AJDC Website Support; DTA Lead, Digital Presence and User Experience (UX)

Organisation/Affiliation:
Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

In her role at Dementia Training Australia, Emma works to ensures that DTA’s digital products and services are high-quality, engaging, contemporary and reflect best practice. She also provides creative direction across DTA’s visual identity and loves working with its wonderful teams to translate complex information into a format that is clear and easy to understand by the audience, and genuinely helping them to make a difference.

Mr Owen Wilkinson

Connection to the dementia community: Employee of Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Position/Job title: AJDC Website Support; Information Systems Officer

Organisation/Affiliation: Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Owen is an experienced web and graphic designer. Driven to deliver the highest quality service of visual design and user experience across a range of platforms and software.

Ms Vanessa Bussoletti

Connection to the dementia community: Employee of Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Position/Job Title: AJDC Administrative and Social Media Support; Service and Support Officer

Organisation/ Affiliation: Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Graduating with a degree in Media & Communications, Vanessa has content writing experience in both print and online, and will be assisting with the Australian Journal of Dementia Care in writing and producing content for the journal’s social media channels.

Ms Janice Hurley

Connection to the dementia community: Employee of Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Position/Job Title: AJDC Administrative Support; National Secretariat and Executive Assistant

Organisation/ Affiliation: Dementia Training Australia and University of Wollongong.

Janice’s father had dementia and was expertly cared for at home for four years by her 80-year-old mother due to the wonderful and tireless support provided to her mum by auxiliary care staff. In her role with Dementia Training Australia, Janice takes great pride in working with an enthusiastic team dedicated to ongoing research, developing programs and delivering training to care staff in both the workplace and at home.