Jason Burton - Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation WA

Jason Burton originally trained as a Mental Health Nurse in the UK. He has specialised in working with people with dementia for nearly 30 years, both in the U.K. and in Australia.


After immigrating to Australia, Jason took up a position with Alzheimer’s WA and in his role as Head of Dementia Practice and Innovation he leads the organisations focus on developing innovative dementia care philosophy and practice, research and establishing evidence based services and emerging sector partnerships.

Jason has academic and practice experience in developing contemporary enabling environments for people with dementia through dementia design and implementing person centred approaches both in care services and in dementia friendly communities.

Professor Ralph Martins - Chair in Aging and Alzheimers Disease - Edith Cowan University - Western Australia

Professor Ralph Martins graduated from University of WA with PhD in 1986. In 1987 he won a scholarship to Heidelberg University to work with Konrad Beyreuther.

His collaborative seminar research involved isolating and characterising beta- amyloid and its precusor protien (APP) which are now recognized as central to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease

He was the first to propose demonstrate that the Alzheimer brain was under oxidative stress, which is now widely recognized 

Dr Harriet Whiley - Lecturer in Environmental Health Flinders University

Dr. Harriet Whiley is lecturer in Environmental Health at Flinders University and course convener for the National Short Courses in Environmental Health: Risk Assessment and Management.


She gained her PhD in Environmental Microbiology at Flinders University investigating waterborne opportunistic pathogens and has over 10 years’ experience as environmental microbiologist relating to research, consultancy and community engagement. Her areas of expertise are water microbiology, food safety and risk assessment.

Kirsty A Bennett - Manager Environmental Design Education Services Dementia Training Australia

Kirsty Bennett is an architect who has pursued her commitment to improving the design of environments for people living with dementia through architectural practice, writing, research and speaking engagements.


Kirsty has responsible for the briefing, design, documentation and contract administration of a range of residential aged care projects in diverse parts of Australia.


She is a co-author of a range of resources including the Environmental Audit Tool (EAT ).

Irene Wilkinson - Director Infection Control Services South Australia Health - Government of South Australia

Irene is a microbiology scientist and epidemiologist with a long standing interest in infection control.


After many years in diagnostic microbiology at the IMVS (now SA Pathology) and several years working with the Infection Control Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital she moved to the South Australian Department of Health to help establish a state-wide healthcare associated infection surveillance system.


She has been Manager of the Service since 2005. Irene is involved nationally as a member of the Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee of the Australian Commission for Safety & Quality in Health Care, and has contributed to several of the Commission’s publications

Dr Richard Bentham - Hindmarsh Plumbing

Dr Richard Bentham has over 30 years of experience in research in microbial ecology. He has consulted on the control of Legionella in cooling water systems, potable water systems and soils and potting mixes since 1990.  


Richard has contributed to national and international Legionella guidelines and regulations with the World Health Organisation, New Zealand Department of Health, enHealth Council, South Australian Government and the Queensland government. He has expertise in risk management and its application to engineered systems.


 He has direct experience of the assessment and optimisation of potable water treatment and reticulation systems and industrial applications. He has also provided training programs relating to Legionella management and control for a variety of clients. Currently he manages Risk Management of potable water systems for Hindmarsh Water Treatment.

Dr David Tuffley

Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethics and SocioTechnical Studies at Griffith University’s School of ICT

Dr. David Tuffley consults with organisations large and small on the most lucrative, disruptive technologies coming our way. From AI to blockchain, gene editing to autonomous vehicles. David can advise on how to benefit from these burgeoning fields.

David's formal qualifications include PhD (Software Engineering), M Phil (Information Systems), Grad Cert in Higher Education (Griffith University), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, English Literature, Anthropology) (Queensland).

In relation to ethics as applied to digital technologies, he offers advice on issues associated with AI, robots, cyborg technologies and augmented / virtual reality. In cases involving emerging methods and applications with ethical or moral dimensions, he can provide impartial interpretations to help governments, businesses, professionals and families make informed decisions.

David considers the moral obligations that people have towards robots/AI, autonamous weapons and robot morality. This advice is aimed at avoiding legal liability. As a robot ethicist he is  interested in optimising the constructive relationship that humans have with robots/AI

 A regular contributor to mainstream media on the social impact of technology, David is a recognized expert in his field. Before academia David worked as an IT Consultant in Australia and the United Kingdom, a role he continues to perform when not educating the next generation of IT professionals. David is an engaging science communicator of many years experience.

David's academic background includes fields as diverse as Psychology, Anthropology, Classical Rhetoric and English literature at the University of Queensland. David is an engaging professional speaker and forum moderator of many years experience.


Andrew Vickers - Environmental Health Officer Public Health & Clinical Systems South Australia Health

Andrew Vickers holds applied science degrees in environmental health and occupational hygiene. He has worked as an environmental health officer in the Health Protection Programs team at SA Health since 2008.


Among other things, Andrew is involved in the administration of the “South Australian Public Health Legionella Regulations” and was a member of the project team tasked with the development of the national enHealth “Guidelines for Legionella Control in the Operation and Maintenance of Water Distribution Systems in Health and Aged Care Facilities".

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz - Senior Staff Specialist in Infectious Diseases Royabl Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Dr Krispin Hajkowicz, FRACP, MPH – is the Director of Infectious Diseases at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, University of Queensland.


He has extensive experience in the development and delivery of antimicrobial stewardship programs, education on quality antimicrobial use and research in antimicrobial resistance and stewardship.

Professor Chris Del Mar - Professor of Public Health, Bond University

Professor Chris Del Mar is professor of public health at Bond University. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) from 2005 – 2010, and Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine, at Bond University 2004 – 2009. Before that, he was professor and head of the discipline of general practice at the University of Queensland 1994 – 2004. 

By 2010 he had successfully obtained $7.8m funding for, and conducted and published several controlled trials in, health services and clinical research. He has published over 339 papers in peer-reviewed journals, of which 87 have been cited in the Science Citation Index a total of 700 times (mean 8 per paper, range 0 - 121 citation per paper, with an H-index of 15). He has published 5 books and 19 book chapters. 

He is the Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Collaborative Group, was Editor of the research section of the Australian Family Physician, and an assistant editor for the journal Evidence based Medicine. He was Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) National Research Committee, and was a President of the Australian Association for Academic General Practice. In 2008 he was honoured with the RACGP's highest award, the Rose-Hunt medal.


He was listed among the "50 most influential people in Australian general practice" by Australian Doctor both times it was published (last in 2010)

Tracy Bladen - Public Health Nurse : Gold Coast Public Health Unit; Communicable Disease Conrol

Tracey Bladen is a Public Health Nurse at the Gold Coast Public Health Unit where she provides nursing services for Communicable Disease Control (CDC) within a multi-disciplinary team.


This role includes delivering a co-ordinated response to disease outbreaks, investigating cases of notifiable conditions, providing information and advice on communicable diseases and immunisation issues to hospitals, health practitioners in general practice and the community.


Tracy has over 30 years’ experience in Health care and has previously worked in midwifery, child and youth health and infection control

Lyntara Quirke - Advisory Board Member : Dementia Training Australia

Lyntara has a Masters Degree in Mental Health (Community) , Clinical Nursing (Gerontology) and holds further qualification as an Aged Care quality surveyor. Lyntara is an Environmental Design Consultant with Dementia Training Australia.

For the past 20 years, Lyntara has played a strong role in advising Directors and General Managers on quality systems and care delivery in residential and community services with a particular emphasis on providing improved care for people living with dementia.

Megan Brine : Microbiology Phycology Team Leader : ALS Global

Megan heads up the Microbiology/Phycology team at the ALS Brisbane NATA accredited laboratory in Stafford. She has over 7 years’ experience in developing and implementing Legionella testing methods, and working with industry.


 Megan spearheaded the development, implementation, and NATA accreditation of a low level method for analysis of Legionella, and species confirmation using MALDI-TOF technology.

Glenn Pinna - General Manager Biotech Laboratories

Glen Pinna, Glen has degree qualifications from the QIT (Medical Laboratory Science) and the U of Q (Science – Microbiology). He was the Head of the Microbiology department of Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology (SNP) from 1981 to 1989. In 1989 he opened Biotech Laboratories within the SNP structure.


He has been the General Manager of the company since its opening. He has extensive experience in the areas of food, water, air and environmental microbiological testing

Professor Stephen Lord

Neuroscience Australia

Professor Stephen Lord is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, Australia.

He has published over 400 papers in the areas of applied physiology, instability, falls and fractures in older people and is acknowledged as a leading international researcher in his field. His research follows two main themes: the identification of physiological risk factors for falls and the development and evaluation of falls prevention strategies.

His current projects include cognitive-motor intervention studies using new technologies to prevent falls and studies addressing fall risk in clinical groups at high risk of falls including people with dizziness, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and dementia.

Dr Alicia Arnott

Westmead Hospital

Dr Arnott earned her PHD in Virology from Monash University and completed her post-doctoral training in Cambodia at the Institute Pasteur, working on emerging respiratory viruses, and at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute working on the population genetics of Plasmodium vivax malaria. In February 2015. Alicia undertook the 2 year Master of Applied Epidemiology Training Program with the Australian National University.

Kim Langfeldt

Public Health Nurse - Metro North Public Health Unit

Kim is a Public Health Nurse from the Metro North Public Health Unit, Brisbane, who has more than 15 years’ experience in communicable disease prevention and control. She regularly advises community and hospital health professionals, as well as non-health groups and organisations and members of the public on communicable disease issues.

Satyan Chari

Queensland Health

Satyan is a clinician with over a decade of experience across safety and quality lead roles in the Australian acute care system. Satyan's core expertise is in designing and leading hospital fall prevention systems also links to his doctoral research through Monash University. As part of his PhD research on environmental design and inpatient fall prevention, Satyan led a world-first randomised controlled trial evaluating a novel design solution to reduce inpatient falls.

Chris Wold

Queensland Health

Chris is a Principal Public Health Officer with over twenty years in the Environmental Health field having worked at both the local government and state levels.  During Chris’ time with Queensland Health he has worked within the food safety, water quality and water fluoridation policy areas.  Chris is currently working within the Communicable Diseases Branch.  His areas of expertise are risk management, regulatory compliance programs and public health legislation, including the development of the recent amendments to the Public Health Act’s infection control provisions.

Bhakti Vasant

Queensland Health

Bhakti Vasant is a Public Health Physician with several years of experience in following up communicable disease outbreaks. An area of interest is outbreaks in the residential care setting and raising awareness – preventing outbreaks is everyone’s business.

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