Proud to be a finalist of such a prestigious group of incredible Australians

So happy to see that the good work of dementia advocate Kate Swaffer being recognised in Australia.

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There were more than 8000 nominees in Australia for the Australian Of The Year 2016 Awards, and I feel deeply honoured, humbled, proud and delighted to be a part of this amazing group of winners and sixteen finalists. Representing people with dementia and those who support us is my main goal in life these days, in particular improving the post diagnostic pathway of support, to one that is ethical and filled with love, kindness and compassion.

With more than 47 million people in the world currently diagnosed with dementia, one new diagnosis every 3.2 seconds somewhere in the world, including 1800 new diagnosis of dementia in Australia every week, and the current pathway of care one to aged care and death, rather than living, it is imperative I continue my work and miss in life. Thank you to those who nominated me, and to the committee who saw this work significant enough to make…

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