We are a passionate and dedicated group of people, working together to transform dementia care Australia-wide.
Collaboration is at the
heart of DSA
Our culturally diverse teams are trained to understand the needs of people from diverse backgrounds as we work in partnership with a range of services to maintain and specialise our knowledge. These include partnerships with First Nations peoples, organisations and communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia. We believe in access, equity and inclusion across all our programs. And to make sure they are at the forefront of our dementia care, our consultants take part in ongoing education, training, peer reviews and structured learning opportunities with clinical experts.
Head of Dementia Support Australia, HammondCare
Marie has worked in dementia and behaviour support programs for two decades, since the early Commonwealth initiatives. She is the strategic lead for Dementia Support Australia, a HammondCare led service delivering the National Severe Behaviour Response Teams, the national Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service and the new Needs Based Assessment Program for determining eligibility for Specialist Dementia Care Programs. Her work also includes the engagement, stakeholder, research and special needs groups strategies for DSA and the implementation of international programs such as Dementia Support UK.
A/Prof. Stephen Macfarlane
Head of Clinical Services for Dementia Support Australia
Dr Stephen Macfarlane graduated from Monash University in 1991 and spent the next 17 years at Peninsula Health, prior to becoming a psychiatrist in 2003 and being appointed Director of Aged Psychiatry in 2005. In 2008 he spent some time on secondment as Deputy Chief Psychiatrist for Victoria prior to being appointed as Associate professor and Director of Aged Psychiatry at Alfred Health, where he remained until formally joining HammondCare in 2016 as Head of Clinical Governance for The Dementia Centre.
Dr Tom Morris
Head of Research and Information Excellence
Dr Tom Morris is Head of Research and Information Excellence within The Dementia Centre, HammondCare. He is a clinical neuropsychologist, researcher and analyst with over 10 years’ experience in the assessment and characterisation of healthy ageing and dementia.
With the support of an extremely gifted and motivated team, Tom’s current focus is supporting measurement and research that will maximise outcomes and quality of life for all people living with dementia.
National Program Manager
As a registered nurse, Jenny has dedicated her career to improving the lives of individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. With over a decade of experience in the field, Jenny has a deep understanding of the challenges and complexities for clients living with dementia and their loved ones.
As a National Program Manager, Jenny leads a team of skilled and passionate staff to deliver the national DSA programs. Her work also includes strategic program development, stakeholder engagement, projects, and quality improvement.
National Program Manager
Holly Markwell is a National Program Manager for The Dementia Centre, HammondCare with an extensive background in learning and development including digital content creation, learning needs analysis, workshop facilitation and professional development programming. She has a special interest in music engagement and has collaborated with researchers from Western Sydney University to design learning to support the implementation of personalised playlists for people with dementia and changes to behaviour.
Following completion of a BA (Psychology) and Cert IV Training & Assessment, Holly worked in vision rehabilitation and the community aged care sector prior to learning and development roles including Professional Development Coordinator for the Dementia Support Australia team, educator with the SA/NT Dementia Training Study Centre and Alzheimer’s Australia SA, and National Network Coordination for the DBMAS program. Holly now manages the Staying at Home program, Dementia Support Worker and Dementia Engagement Modelling Program for DSA.
Work with us - every person matters
If you want to be empowered where you work, to share knowledge and to learn, working to improve quality of life for people with dementia. If you want to be the best person you can be, to be welcomed on the team for who you are, to be heard for what you have to say, to be recognised for what you achieve. If you are looking for a career with real purpose, talk to us. We invest in people like you. Because you matter.