Ms Kate Swaffer
Wednesday, July 10th, 2019
Ms Swaffer is a humanitarian, disability rights activist, author and speaker. She was the 2018 Global Leader in the 100 Women Of Influence in Australia, and the 2017 Australian Of The year (SA). Kate is also the Chair, CEO and a co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, a global advocacy and support group for people living with dementia. She is a current PhD Candidate at the University of South Australia, has a Masters of Science (Dementia), a Bachelor of Psychology, a BA, and is a retired nurse. Kate is an Honorary Associate Fellow in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health at the University of Wollongong, and an International Fellow at Canterbury University. Kate has just stepped down as the only Australian to be a full member of the World Dementia Council, and is a current a Board member of Alzheimer’s Disease International.
Ms Swaffer has played a vital role in changing the narrative of dementia globally, and in empowering new dementia advocates, also inspiring the development of numerous new Dementia Advisory Groups. She believes passionately in the power of research, and has herself become a researcher and is involved in a number of current and past dementia research projects. Kate is also on a number of national and international advisory and WHO working groups, and she has been instrumental in bringing human rights to the fore in dementia and aged care, including recognition in practice for dementia being recognised as a disability, through published articles and books, presentations and global campaigning. Her selfless efforts on actively working to improve the lives of all people with dementia and their families, is inspired by herself having been a care partner to three family members who have died from dementia, and herself having been diagnosed with a rare form of younger onset dementia. She has a major focus on human rights and access to the CRPD for people with dementia globally, and empowering others with live positively with dementia, and to have a voice.