The Australian Young Onset Dementia Special Interest Group

The Australian Young Onset Dementia Special Interest Group (YOD-SIG) is a national network committed to research, policy, and clinical care to improve outcomes for people with young onset dementia and their families.
YOD-SIG includes nearly 100 people living with young onset dementia, care partners, researchers, clinicians and service providers, and is working to foster and improve collaboration and information sharing across sectors. YOD-SIG develops resources, delivers education activities, conducts collaborative research, advocates for improved care and support, and provides expert advice on topics of importance for people with young onset dementia and their families.

Watch the latest webinar: Creative Engagement as a Therapeutic Tool in Younger Onset Dementia

You can find more YOD-SIG webinars on the ADNeT YouTube Channel

You can read the YOD-SIG newsletters here

To join the YOD-SIG, please fill out this new members form

Committee Executive Group Members

Dr Monica Cations (Immediate Past Chair)

MRFF/NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University

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Dr Anita Goh (Immediate Past Chair)

Senior Research Fellow, National Ageing Research Institute & The University of Melbourne

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A/Prof Samantha Loi (Chair)

Associate Professor, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre

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Dr Christa Dang

Research Fellow - National Ageing Research Institute

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Kate Swaffer (Consumer/Community Chair)

Co-founder - Dementia Alliance International

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Dr Andrew Gleason

Senior Staff Specialist and Clinical Lead - Department of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Concord Hospital

Honorary Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Dementia Research Centre, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, The University of Melbourne

Suzanna Hackett

Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist - Royal Adelaide Hospital/CALHN Memory Service (SA Health)

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Dr Adrienne Withall

Senior Research Fellow - University of New South Wales

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Julieta Sabates (Early Career Chair)

PhD Candidate - University of Melbourne

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Kelly Atkins (Communications Chair)

Clinical Neuropsychologist/Postdoctoral Research Fellow. St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, The University of Melbourne

Vicki Barry

Care partner and dementia advocate

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Jade Cartwright

Associate Professor | Speech Pathology, University of Tasmania