Kate Swaffer

Kate Swaffer

Author and Advocate for Living Beyond Dementia. 2017 SA Finalist Australian of the Year

Kate Swaffer (MSc, BPsych, BA, Ret. Rtd. Nurse) is a researcher, activist, consultant, author and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia.

In the 16 years since her own diagnosis of a rare young onset dementia, she has learned to live with it instead of waiting to die from it, and has become a campaigner for dementia to be supported as a condition causing disabilities, including equal access to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) for the 57 million people living with dementia globally.

She’s made multiple statements and speeches at the United Nations and World Health Organisation (WHO), and is the first person with dementia to be an invited speaker at the WHO. Kate is also an Ambassador for the ADC (SA) and for Step Up For Dementia Research in Australia.


Meet our Ambassadors

Dr Felicity-ann Lewis

Community Leader & 2014 SA Australian of the Year

A dedicated, dynamic leader, Dr Felicity-ann Lewis is passionate about creating a better, healthier, more inclusive Australia

Chris Schacht

Former Senator & President of Volleyball Australia

Chris is a former President of the Australian Volleyball Federation and an elected representative to the Legal Commission of the “Federation Internationale de Volleyball”. He is also a board member of numerous worthwhile organisations.
Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor Jennifer McKay AM

Professor - Business, Law and Environment

Professor Jennifer McKay AM is an academic lawyer with a passion for research to celebrate some but reform other laws to achieve a sound and clean environment for future generations.
Professor Rob Morrison OAM

Professor Rob Morrison OAM

Scientist, former host of The Curiosity Show, SA State Recipient Senior Australia of the Year 2008

Rob has had a dual career as academic and science broadcaster and writer. He is currently a Professorial Fellow at Flinders University. He has written more 40 books and co-written 13 more on science and natural history.
Anthony Hart

Anthony Hart

Mental Health Advocate & Nominee South Australian Local Hero 2022

In November 2003, Anthony Hart made a significant attempt on his life. Through a remarkable stroke of luck, he clung onto life and survived. Since then, Anthony has been on a mission to empower men to identify and address challenges before they escalate into serious mental health issues.

Ingrid Kennerley

Mental Health Advocate & 2019 South Australia Citizen of the Year

After her husband’s suicide, Ingrid displayed incredible strength and resilience, guiding her children through the tragedy, and maintaining her volunteering and support roles that are so vital to small communities.