Meet the Dementia Support Australia (DSA) Team

With strong networks with local and international partnerships, Dementia Support Australia is led by an expert team who can support and facilitate change to enable excellence in dementia care.

Under the direction of Colm Cunningham, the Dementia Centre team works across a variety of areas:

Leadership Team


A/Prof Colm Cunningham, Director of the Dementia Centre

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Formerly the Deputy Director of UK Dementia Services Development Centre, Colm’s research focus and expertise are in pain management, environmental design that supports people with dementia, dementia and delirium, dementia and intellectual disabilities and night care. Colm is also a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, a visiting fellow in dementia design and practice at the University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science.


Marie Alford, Head of Implementation at the Dementia Centre

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With a background in social work, community services, leadership, advocacy, training and management, Marie Alford has a strong commitment to social justice and consumer engagement. Previously the Director of the South Australian and Northern Territory Dementia Training Study Centre, she comes to the Dementia Centre at HammondCare with experience in project development, managing research projects and a passion for knowledge translation and practice.


Janine MacDonald, Head of Operations at the Dementia Centre


A Registered Nurse for over 30 years, Janine has held senior management roles across the acute, aged and community care and NGO sectors. She comes to the Dementia Centre, HammondCare with a strong commitment to driving service development, engaging complex stakeholder networks, the provision of clinical leadership, consumer advocacy and the development and implementation of best-practice models of care.