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Kate Swaffer

Kate Swaffer

Kate Swaffer
Honorary research fellow, author and activist
Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

Kate Swaffer has a MSc in Dementia Care, a BPsych, BA, Grad Dip Grief Counseling, and is also a retired chef and retired nurse; she is a PhD student, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong; an Honorary Associate Fellow with the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, and an International Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University. Kate is also an author, activist, humanitarian and International Speaker, and is living beyond a diagnosis of dementia. She is Chair, CEO & Co-founder, Dementia Alliance International, a Member of the World Dementia Council, a Board member of Alzheimer’s Disease International  and inaugural Chair of Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee. Kate’s book What the hell happened to my Brain?: Living beyond dementia was released on 21 January 2016: http://www.bookdepository.com/What-Hell-Happened-My-Brain-Kate-Swaffer/9781849056083

 

Kate Swaffer

In the 1970’s when I commenced my nursing, most people with dementia were diagnosed nearer to the end stage of the disease process, and little was known about dementia.