Kate Swaffer is Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, member of the World Dementia Council, Board member of Alzheimer’s Disease International and Chair of the Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Advisory Committee. She is an International Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University, and Honorary Associate Fellow with the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong (UOW), and a current PhD student, and completed a Masters of Science in Dementia Care in 2014.
She is a Humanitarian, advocate and activist for people with dementia, a published author and poet, and international speaker. Her book, What The Hell Happened to My Brain?: Living Beyond Dementia, was released in 2016, and her second book on dementia, Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, co-authored with Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low was released in September in time for World Alzheimer’s Month 2016.
Kate is also living beyond a diagnosis of younger onset dementia, and has made a human rights based approach to dementia her focus for the last few years. She was listed in the Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence recently, and was the winner of the University of Wollongong Social Impact Alumni Award for 2016.