International Reference Group
The International Reference Group exists to inform the work of the Dementia Centre and Hammond College. The members of the Reference Group have been selected because through their lives and work, they have each significantly influenced the area of dementia care. We will draw on their knowledge and expertise to inform the research and advice we provide, as well as seeking their counsel in our priorities and approaches to our research, education and consulting, both in Australia and internationally. Members of the Reference Group meet with the Director and members of the team twice a year.
The brief of the group is simple – to advise on the direction and scope of the Dementia Centre’s work and to challenge our thinking.
Agnes Houston has a nursing background and worked as a manager in a chiropractic practice. She was caring for her father who had Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia when she was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer's disease in 2006 at the age of 57. Soon afterwards she joined the Scottish Dementia Working Group (SDWG) and has campaigned on many issues including better training for dementia care in acute hospitals and raising awareness of visual difficulties commonly experienced by those with Dementia .She has spoken at numerous conferences in the UK and internationally, and also had articles published in journals and newspapers . She is retired chair of SDWG, present vice Chair of the European Person With Dementia Working Group and a board member of the newly formed Dementia Alliance International.
After 56 years living and working in the
United Kingdom, mostly in Northern Ireland, Professor Faith Gibson (nee
Alleyne) has returned to Sydney to be nearer children and
grandchildren. A social worker by training, Professor Gibson is a
gerontologist and an international leader in the field of reminiscence.
She has also worked in child welfare, mental health, teaching, writing
and research and has personal as well as professional experience of
dementia care. Her passion for reminiscence stems from her own
experiences of catching unexpected glimpses of people living with
dementia through their stories. She believes that far from being
nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake, reminiscence can bring great joy,
reaching people in the present by engaging with the past.
BSc, Dip Ed, M Ed, Grad Dip Arts, Cert Med Ed
John has over forty two years’
experience in education in secondary schools and tertiary settings in
the ACT, NSW and QLD in roles such as Teacher, Lecturer, Director of
Teaching and Learning, Principal/CEO, and most recently from 2007 to
2013 as a Principal Medical Education Officer for Queensland Health
during which time his spouse was diagnosed with early onset dementia.
John has been a carer for his spouse since 2011 and currently undertakes
a part time Education Consultancy in Sydney.
Emeritus Professor, OBE
Monique WijntiesMonique Wijnties is a consultant based in the Netherlands. Her areas of expertise are the design of enabling environments and the models of housing and care for older people, people with dementia and people with disabilities. She has practical experience as an occupational therapist and has supported the design and development of several housing projects for people with severe disabilities. She has also worked on innovative community based housing and elderly care at a leading centre in the Netherlands. Today she combines her practical experience and knowledge of organisations and policy to assist organisations to find a new perspective for complex issues and to focus on achieving the purpose of the outcome.
Monique Wijnties was co-author of the book 'Design for Aging' and has shared her work at conferences in and outside the Netherlands. She presented at HammondCare’s International Dementia Conferences in 2011 and 2012.
Rosemary Bond has over 40 years of experience in nursing and administration, including 15 years at Royal North Shore Hospital. This was followed by 10 years of experience with HammondCare as Director of Care Services and eight years in Service Development and Pastoral Care. Miss Bond is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing, Chair of HammondCare’s Risk and Compliance Committee and became a Director of HammondCare in 2006.