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Thursday, July 25, 2024

New CEO for Dementia Australia

Dementia Australia Chair, Merran Kelsall AO, has today announced Professor Tanya Buchanan as the incoming CEO of Dementia Australia.

Last year, Maree McCabe AM notified the Board of her decision to complete her time as CEO in 2024 after 13 years with the organisation – firstly with Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, and then Dementia Australia.

“Finding someone to replace Ms McCabe was not an easy task,” Ms Kelsall said.

“We undertook a rigorous recruitment process involving Board members as well as a person living with dementia – the Chair of our Dementia Australia Advisory Committee.

“We were fortunate to attract such a strong pool of outstanding applicants for the CEO role – a great reflection of the reputation of the organisation and the value of the vision and purpose of Dementia Australia.

“It was important that we appointed someone who could build on the achievements made by Ms McCabe and the organisation during the past 13 years.

“I am very pleased to announce that we have appointed Professor Buchanan as the new CEO to lead the team in continuing to support and make a difference to the lives of Australians impacted by dementia.”

Professor Buchanan is currently CEO of Cancer Council Australia. She will take up her new role in May.

On her appointment, Professor Buchanan said: “I am thrilled to be joining Dementia Australia at such a significant time, which includes the ongoing aged care reforms, review of the Aged Care Act, the development of the National Dementia Action Plan and as the Federal Government is active in prevention initiatives.

“Growing evidence suggests up to 40 per cent of dementia diagnoses could be averted or significantly delayed with effective public health measures.

“I look forward to meeting key stakeholders and working with the team to continue to reduce the incidence and impact of dementia and to ensure every person affected by dementia has access to the best care and support possible so that we can improve outcomes for all Australians.”

Ms Kelsall also paid tribute to outgoing CEO Ms McCabe.

“Ms McCabe has led us through a significant period of change and growth for the organisation,” she said.

“She is compassionate, considered and authentic and, through her leadership, has made a tremendous difference to the lives of people impacted by dementia.”
Ms McCabe said being CEO of Dementia Australia had been an honour and a privilege.

“I extend my profound appreciation to those I have had the privilege of working with, including people of all ages living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers, along with the amazing team at Dementia Australia, our supporters and my colleagues across the sector,” she said.

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