Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Australian of the Year


2016 SA Australian of the Year Nominee

Kate Swaffer

State: South Australia

Dementia advocate

Diagnosed with a rare form of dementia in 2008 aged just 49, Kate Swaffer has been motivated to improve services and outcomes for the 342,000 Australians currently living with the disease. A poet, author and owner of a consumer website, Kate has become a globally-recognised advocate for the 47 million people with dementia around the world. With searing honesty, Kate has shared her experience on her daily blog, attracting an audience of 40,000 each month. She sits on many boards, steering committees and scientific panels, providing a consumer perspective and helping to set research priorities. Despite dementia, Kate has completed a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master’s of Science in Dementia Care. The co-founder and chair of Dementia Alliance International, now the peak body for people with dementia, Kate has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and encourage others to live beyond dementia. While each day deals out new challenges, Kate continues the fight to raise awareness and empower others living with dementia.

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