Honour roll

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

Senior Australian of the Year

Nominee

2012 QLD Senior Australian of the Year Nominee

Christine Bryden PSM

State: Queensland

Dementia campaigner

Christine Bryden was a senior public servant and single mother of three children when she was diagnosed with dementia. Aged only 46, Christine had to resign from her job but refused to hide away and instead became a public advocate for those with dementia. Christine’s first book Who Will I Be When I Die? challenged readers to treat people with dementia with more dignity and respect. Since the mid 1990s, Christine has spoken at numerous international conferences, authored a second book Dancing with Dementia and has been a major influence on government policy. She was the first person in the world with dementia to join the Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International and, as a result of her advocacy, Australia became the first country in the world to name dementia as a national health priority. Christine is a trained counsellor, a founding member of Dementia Advocacy and Support Network International, an international online peer support group for people with dementia and also volunteers at her local residential aged care facility. Christine can no longer tell the hot tap from the cold and has limited spatial awareness, making travel difficult. Nevertheless, she continues to speak publicly and her courage has given hope to thousands of dementia sufferers in Australia and around the world.

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