Dementia Expert Reference Group (DERG)

The Dementia Expert Reference Group (DERG) provides expert insight and feedback to the Australian Government to support monitoring and continuous improvement of dementia policy, programs and activities.


The Dementia Expert Reference Group (DERG) provides advice on the development, implementation and evaluation of dementia policy and initiatives.

The Dementia Expert Reference Group is not a decision-making body.

For more information, read the DERG Terms of Reference.




Robert Day (Chair)

Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and Aged Care

Professor Lee-Fay Low

University of Sydney

Dr Kylie Radford

University of New South Wales; Neuroscience Research Australia

Professor Susan Kurrle

University of Sydney

Professor Bianca Brijnath

National Ageing Research Institute

Dr Kaele Stokes

Dementia Australia 

Isabelle Meyer

Dementia Training Australia

Marie Alford

Dementia Support Australia 

Professor Henry Brodaty

Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, University of New South Wales

Professor James Vickers

University of Tasmania

Adjunct Professor Warren Harding

Alzheimer’s WA; Curtin University 

Associate Professor Mark Yates

Deakin University; Grampians Health

Professor Dimity Pond

University of Tasmania; Western Sydney University

Caroline Gibson, RN

Grampians Health (Ballarat, VIC) 

Ann Pietsch

Dementia advocate and Dementia Australia Advisory Committee (DAAC) member

Adrian White

Dementia advocate

Sue Elderton

Carers Australia 

Lisa Ogolo

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ageing and Aged Care Council

Nadine Blair

National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Judy Bartholomew

Healthy North Coast

Sharon Blackburn, CBE

BallyCara (aged care provider)

Mel Ottaway

Resthaven Incorporated (aged care provider)


The Dementia Expert Reference Group meets quarterly through videoconference. 


Dementia Expert Reference Group (DERG) secretariat

For more information on the Dementia Expert Reference Group, please contact the secretariat.
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