Alison is a clinical psychologist who specialises in gerontology – the study of the biological, psychological, and sociological phenomena that are associated with old age and ageing. She initially became interested in the elderly population during her honours year in 1998 when she was researching cognition in people with Parkinson’s disease and has never looked back.
She has worked for Queensland Health since 2001 in positions focused on cognitive assessment for differential diagnosis of dementia, capacity assessments, older people’s mental health, and carer education and support. She has worked across various settings including metropolitan and regional, as well as in acute inpatient, memory clinic and community settings.
Alison currently co-chairs the Queensland Health State-wide Dementia Clinical Network which is a voluntary network of clinicians including people with a lived experience of dementia and their carers. The network plays a part in informing government policy; ensuring consistent state-wide treatment and access to treatment; disseminating dementia research and initiatives; and advocating for people with dementia and their family and carers.
Alison is passionate about supporting people with cognitive impairment and dementia and their family and carers to be able to live rich and meaningful lives in the community for as long as possible.