Ann Donaghy

Ann Donaghy is the Service Manager of Centacare in Brisbane. Ann has specialised in dementia care & went on to complete further studies in dementia & age care. Ann has worked to develop and deliver a specialist dementia care service consulting with clients to promote active engagement and person-centred care.

Ann will present Memory Café’s role in providing innovative community support for people living with dementia.

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together” (Van Gogh).

The Lantern Memory Café is an example of this. From a shared value base and professional relationship between Centacare Enoggera and Churches of Christ (CoC) a passionate desire to help create a Dementia Friendly Community emerged. We hope to break down barriers to be more inclusive, understanding and supportive of people living with dementia with flow on effects for wider society. This initiative has engaged people with dementia and advocates from the outset. The space is designed in an open engaging, dementia friendly way. This Memory Café meets bi monthly and was opened on the 25th of November last year with John Quinn and friends officially cutting the ribbon. We are privileged to have a reference group of clients who inform and direct this project, e.g. suggesting speakers or information they wish to be covered.

Monday Concurrent A5: Leading the Pack – Focus on Dementia, 11.00am-11.30am