Marie Alford

Marie Alford

Head of Dementia Centre Services

With a background in social work, community services, leadership, advocacy, training and management, Marie has a strong commitment to social justice and consumer engagement. Having worked in behaviour support programs 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 development of stakeholder and special needs groups strategies for DSA and the implementation of international programs such as Dementia Support UK. Previously heading up operations for the Dementia Centre, she was also involved in the development of programs such as Dogs4Dementia and the launch of a range of commercial programs including international Dining and Design Schools.

Prior to joining HammondCare, she was the Director of the South Australian and Northern Territory Dementia Training Study Centre, and General Manager of Alzheimer's Australia South Australia.