Alzheimer’s Australia has a vision to develop dementia-friendly communities and organisations in Australia to reduce the stigma and social isolation associated with a diagnosis of dementia.

The essence of dementia-friendly communities is to engage people with dementia in everyday life. People with disabilities have insisted on societies being inclusive and so should people with dementia.

On Wednesday 2 September 2015 as part of Dementia Awareness Month, Dementia Australia (Qld) pressented a lecture on creating dementia friendly communities. 


More about the presenters

Christine Bryden

Christine Bryden has a background in biochemistry. Her career took her from the UK to Australia where she became an authority in her field, advising the Prime Minister on science and technology matters.

Following Christine’s diagnosis of dementia in 1995, her first book “Who will I be when I die?” was published in 1998 and she has been a passionate advocate for people with dementia ever since. In 2001 she was the first person with dementia to address to the international conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International and in 2003 was the first person with dementia to be elected to their Board.

Christine released “Dancing with Dementia” in 2005. Her books have been translated into several languages and she has been very active in Japan with her work making significant contributions to improve the support for people with dementia and their carers. In 2014 she was the subject of ABC’s Australian story and became an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia (Qld).



Gill Ayling

Gill Ayling has over 30 years of experience in the UK civil service and in the last 15 years has held senior roles in central government policy and operations work.


Gill currently works in the UK Department of Health and is Head of Global Action against Dementia (GAAD). She has senior level knowledge and experience of working with Ministers, and successful cross-sector working across Whitehall, with the wider public sector, independent and third sector partners, a range of professional groups, but most importantly she has worked closely with people with dementia, their carers and families ensuring their views are reflected in policy decisions that will impact on them.