Australian Young Onset Dementia Special Interest Group (YOD-SIG)


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.

Our group 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.

Our principal activities include:

  • Developing resources
  • Delivering education activities
  • Conducting collaborative research
  • Advocating for improved care and support
  • Providing expert advice on topics of importance for people with young onset dementia and their families

Executive Committee

A/Prof Adrienne Withall (Co-Chair)

Associate Professor, School of Psychology, UNSW 

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A/Prof Jade Cartwright (Co-Chair)

Associate Professor, Speech Pathology, University of Tasmania

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A/Prof Samantha Loi (Immediate Past Chair) 

Associate Professor, Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre
Neuropsychiatrist, Royal Melbourne Hospital

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Dr Monica Cations (Past Chair)

MRFF / NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Flinders University

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Nathan D’Cunha

Assistant Professor, Discipline of Nutrition and Dietetics, Faculty of Health, University of Canberra 

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Kelly Atkins (Communications Chair)

Neuropsychologist, St Vincent’s Hospital
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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

Theresa Flavin

Dementia Advocate

Michelle Chiu 

PhD Candidate, Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne & Neuropsychiatry Centre, Royal Melbourne Hospital. Research Assistant, Aged Care Division, National Ageing Research Institute. 

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Naomi Moylan 

Project Coordinator – Younger Onset Dementia, Brightwater Group 

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Natasha Krishnadas 

Neurologist/ Post-doctoral Researcher 

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Our Webinars

Watch our latest webinar: Housing for young people with dementia: what, why, and how.

For more YOD-SIG webinars, please visit the ADNeT YouTube Channel or view our webinar resources page.

Our Newsletters

You can read the YOD-SIG newsletters here.


If you would like to join YOD-SIG, please fill out this New Members form.