17 September 2019 | Grand Hyatt Melbourne

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Living and Ageing Well Conference
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Debi Tyler

Occupational Therapist
Positive Approach to Care
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Debi Tyler is a Client Relationship Director for Positive Approach to Care, where she coordinates training and services to grow dementia awareness, skills and competence.

As an Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed, Debi brings years of experience working with older adults, dementia care and a long history with Teepa Snow.

She was educated at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts with a degree in Occupational Therapy, and has provided decades of care and leadership as an OT and Director of Rehabilitation.

Debi is energised by family, her golden retriever Toby, travel, new recipes, creative projects and finding things to smile at!


Sunil Bhar

Professor of Psychology
Swinburne University of Technology

Sunil chairs the Department of Psychological Sciences and directs the Wellbeing Clinic for Older Adults. He runs an active research lab focusing on the emotional wellbeing of older adults and the mechanisms of reminiscence and cognitive-behavioural therapies.

He is also a diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapies, having spent four years working with Aaron Beck, MD investigating the efficacy of cognitive therapy for suicide prevention in older adults.

Sunil has won over $2 million in grants to examine the wellbeing of older adults living in residential aged care settings.




Richard Fleming

Clinical Psychologist
University of Wollongong

Richard Fleming trained as a clinical psychologist and started his career with the elderly by working in community services in the east end of London. He migrated to Australia and took up the position of Head of Psychology in a large psychiatric hospital and worked with the elderly in the back wards.

In the mid-’80s, Richard helped to develop specialised units for the confused and disturbed elderly. He then went on to establish the HammondCare Dementia Centre.

And finally, in 2010, Richard was appointed as Professorial Fellow in the University of Wollongong and in 2016 Executive Director of Dementia Training Australia.


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