Dementia Australia has acknowledged the enormous contribution Kate Swaffer has made to dementia advocacy over the years as she steps down from her role as CEO of Dementia Alliance International.
“Diagnosed with dementia in 2008, just before her 50th birthday, Kate’s tireless advocacy work has shaped the way people view dementia. She sits on numerous committees and councils, and was the first person with dementia to be a keynote speaker at a World Health Organisation conference. Kate is also an accomplished author and has written several books. In 2017, she was named SA Australian of the Year,” said Dementia Australia in a LinkedIn post.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Kate in her tireless efforts to advocate for the rights of people living with dementia.”
Ms Swaffer is one of the eight co-founders of Dementia Alliance International (DAI), and a long serving former Chair, current CEO and board member of the organisation. She has been instrumental in taking the membership from three to 49 countries and also appeared at the Royal Commission into Aged Care.