Kate Swaffer is the 2017 SA Australian Of The Year. In 2016, she received the University of Wollongong’s Alumni Social Impact Award for her global work in dementia and was amongst the Westpac/Financial Review 100 Women of Influence.
Kate was also recognised as an Emerging Leader in Disability Awareness in the Australian National Disability Awards in 2015, and was named the Inaugural Dementia Leader in 2015 by the University of Stirling International Dementia Awards. In 2015, she received the Australian Association of Gerontology: Recognition of Achievements at University of Wollongong.
Kate is Chair, CEO and co-founder of Dementia Alliance International, a global group for people living with dementia, a member of the World Dementia Council, and a board member and regional ambassador for Southeast Asia of Alzheimer’s Disease International. Kate is a current PhD student and an Honorary Associate Fellow with the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong, and an International Fellow at Canterbury Christ Church University. She completed a Masters of Science in Dementia Care with Distinction in 2014 and is a retired nurse. Kate is a humanitarian, advocate and activist for people with dementia, and a widely published academic, author and poet. Her first two books on dementia, What The Hell Happened to My Brain?: Living Beyond Dementia, and Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another dementia, co-authored with Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low, were released in 2016.