A/Prof Colm Cunningham

A/Prof Colm Cunningham

Invited Panellist - Panel: Oceans of Opportunities: Living, ageing and dying with Dementia

Director of the Dementia Centre, HammondCare.

Colm leads an Australian and International team of over 200 staff involved in research, education, clinical care and consultancy. Key to our work is the translation of this knowledge and expertise into accessible practical advise, publications and tools to improve practice. The centre’s priorities are building design, life engagement, models of care, understanding behaviour and end of life care. Colm is an international expert with over 30 years’ experience in older age care. 

A general and intellectual disability nurse and social worker, Colm was the deputy director of a UK Dementia Centre and has written extensively and undertaken research on a wide range of issues about dementia including built design, pain care, hospital care, night time care and intellectual disability. Working across a range of faculties of education and research in HammondCare, Colm has significant expertise in supporting translational research and meaningful practice and culture change. Colm is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine and a Visiting Fellow in Dementia Design and Practice at the University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science. Colm is also a member of the Wicking Strategic Review Panel. Colm lead national dementia behaviour response services, Dementia Support Australia, with the aim of reconsidering the meaning and causes of ‘behaviours’.