Australian Dementia Research Forum 2024

The Australian Dementia Research Forum (ADRF2024), the premier annual event for dementia research, was held from the 3rd to the 5th of June on the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland. This prestigious gathering brought together dementia researchers, health professionals, policymakers, and individuals living with dementia along with their families and carers to discuss the latest research, innovations, and best practices in the field of dementia.

Theme and Focus

The theme for this year’s forum was “Turning the Tide On Dementia,” with a particular emphasis on exciting innovations. The forum served as a hub for national and global experts to share the latest developments in dementia research, care, and policy, while challenging existing perceptions about living with or caring for someone with dementia.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Sessions

For the second consecutive year, CPD sessions were held on the first day of the forum. These sessions are crucial for healthcare professionals, providing an opportunity to stay updated with advancements in dementia diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and post-diagnostic care. Topics covered included dementia risk reduction, deprescribing, anti-amyloid therapies, and support for care partners. These sessions also contributed to the accumulation of CPD points for the attendees.

Highlights and Contributions

ARA CEO Professor Vicky Vass highlighted the forum’s significance, noting the opportunity to hear about the latest advances in the detection, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Researchers from around the globe shared their knowledge, wisdom, and discoveries. The ARA team was actively involved, chairing sessions, presenting their work, participating in debates, and sharing ideas for future collaborative research projects.

Prominent Researchers

Australia’s prominence in dementia research was evident, with notable contributions from preeminent researchers such as Professor Colin Masters and Professor Ralph Martins. Professor Masters, a member of the ARA Board, and Professor Martins, the ARA Director of Research, are both integral to the organisation and its research endeavours.


The ADRF2024 was a resounding success, continuing to foster collaboration, innovation, and advancements in dementia research and care. The event underscored Australia’s leading role in dementia research and the ongoing commitment to improving the lives of those affected by dementia.