Home' Intouch : In Touch Autumn 2016 Contents I am both humbled and delighted to
be joining the board of Alzheimer’s
Australia NSW as your new chairman.
This is indeed an exciting time for
us, and I’m full of optimism for our
continued success in driving policy
change and service improvements
for people living with a diagnosis of
dementia, their families and their carers
in NSW. I wish to express my gratitude and respect for our
past chairman, Jerry Ellis AO, and board members past and
present for their outstanding contribution to the organisation,
which is in great shape.
Over the years, I have had a strong interest in health
issues for Australians, both young and old, and a passion
for helping disadvantaged people. Like so many others, we
have had dementia in our family and have felt its devastating
I believe it is critical that we continue our push for improved
awareness and access to appropriate services. Not only is
dementia a whole-of-government issue, but it is a
whole-of-society issue. Dementia touches every corner of
Australia, yet I am also amazed at the grace and resilience of
our consumers and their carers in dealing with life’s challenges.
The compassion and professionalism of the organisation and
its staff is well recognised and enriches the lives of those that it
touches. I look forward to working with John Watkins AM and
the entire team at Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, and I invite you
to let us know where we can do better.
BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF PAUL ROBERTSON
Paul is a former executive director of Macquarie Bank
with extensive experience in banking, finance and risk
management. Paul’s other current directorships and
Chairman, St Vincent’s Health Australia Limited and
Chair of Trustees of St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney:
One of the 20 largest private companies in Australia, this
is the nation’s largest not-for-profit health and aged- care
provider with 17,000 staff and $2 billion turnover.
Chairman, Social Ventures Australia: This organisation
helps to create better education and employment
outcomes for disadvantaged Australians by bringing the
best of business to the social sector.
Founder and Director, Financial Markets Foundation
for Children: This foundation raises funds for the health
and welfare of children in Australia. It is chaired by the
RBA governor and directors, including the CEOs of four
major Australian banks.
Director, Telco Together Foundation: This is a
telecommunications industry foundation seeking to make
a difference in disadvantaged communities.
AUTUMN 2016 IN TOUCH 3
Transport plays an important
role in helping people
to stay connected, and
at Alzheimer’s Australia
NSW we understand the
significant impact living
with dementia can have on
access to transport.
The latest dementia
prevalence rates show that the number of people
with dementia across NSW is now an estimated
115,000 . This number is projected to increase
to more than 128,500 by 2020 and 272,000 by
2050 if no cure is found. These figures tell us that
dementia is an issue that will continue to increase
exponentially and highlights the fact that good
transport options will only become more crucial.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW is committed to
ensuring the transport needs of people living with
dementia are met. If you have been diagnosed with
the early stages of dementia we encourage you,
your families and carers to plan ahead and consider
your needs regarding mobility and transport.
In 2016, we will also continue to advocate for
a dementia strategy across NSW that will see
improved support for people who are living with
dementia, including initiatives in health, housing and
We will strive to ensure that people living with
dementia continue to be enabled and empowered.
We will engage with the NSW Government to
ensure comprehensive action continues to be
taken to provide the best possible care and fight
This year, we also welcome a new chairman,
Paul Robertson AM, who brings a wealth of talent
and experience to the role. Paul replaces Jerry Ellis
AO, whom I would like to thank for the significant
contribution he has made to Alzheimer’s Australia
NSW over the past three years. I wish him all the
best for the future.
The Hon. John Watkins AM
CEO, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
Paul Robertson AM
Chair, Alzheimer’s Australia NSW
NSW IS COMMITTED TO
ENSURING THE TRANSPORT
NEEDS OF PEOPLE LIVING
WITH DEMENTIA ARE MET.
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