Cognitive Impairment Advisory Group

The Cognitive Impairment Advisory Group provides advice, expertise and support to the Commission’s Cognitive Impairment Program. The group specifically provides leadership and advice on the implementation of the Caring for Cognitive Impairment campaign.

The Advisory Group will provide advice to the Commission regarding other aspects of the Commission’s cognitive impairment program, including the review and revision the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS) and the implementation of the delirium clinical care standard.

The Group consists of: 

  • Professor Sue Kurrle (Chair),  Geriatrician Researcher, Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre 
  • Dr Glenn Arendts, Emergency Physician, Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
  • Cath Bateman, Clinical Nurse Consultant  Project Officer, NSW Rural
    Confused Hospitalised Older Person’s Program (CHOPS)
  • Maree McCabe, Chief Executive Officer, Alzheimer’s Australia 
  • Christine Bryden, Dementia Advocate, Queensland 
  • Associate Professor Gideon Caplan, Geriatrician Researcher, Australasian Delirium Association, Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine (ANZSGM)
  • Mary Etty-Leal, Deputy Director of Pharmacy, The Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Dr Keren Harvey, Geriatrician and Clinical Director, Metro North Hospital and Health Service, Queensland State wide Older Persons Clinical Network
  • Joan Jackman, Carer Advocate, NSW
  • Dr Dina LoGuidice, Consultant Geriatrician Researcher, University of Melbourne 
  • Andrea Lomman, Senior Policy Officer, Sub acute, Community and Aged Care Directorate
    Department of Health, WA
  • Heather Nichols, Nurse unit manager, Cognitive Care program, Tasmania
  • Professor Dimity Pond, General Practitioner Researcher, School of Medicine and Public Health University of Newcastle
  • Associate Professor Bruce Waxman, RACS Skills Centre Medical Director, Royal Australian College of Surgeons (RACS)
  • Deidre Widdall, Project Officer, Cognitive Care Project, NT
  • Associate Professor Mark Yates, Geriatrician Researcher, Dementia Care in Hospital Program 
  • Peggy Bain, Clinical Neuropsychologist, Allied Health Professions Australia
The Cognitive Care Advisory Group at the launch of the campaign. From L -R Deidre Widdall, Sue Mclean, Christine Bryden, Cath Bateman, Bruce Waxman, Heather Nichols (in front), Mary Etty-Leal, Gideon Caplan, Dina LoGuidice, Mark Yates, Dimity Pond, Carol Bennett, and Keren Harvey

The Cognitive Impairment Advisory Group at the launch of the campaign. From L -R Deidre Widdall, Sue Mclean, Christine Bryden, Cath Bateman, Bruce Waxman, Heather Nichols (in front), Mary Etty-Leal, Gideon Caplan, Dina LoGuidice, Mark Yates, Dimity Pond, Carol Bennett, and Keren Harvey.

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