Who we are

Dementia New Zealand is a national organisation that represents and supports six service delivery Affiliates. These are Dementia Auckland, Dementia Waikato, Dementia Hawkes Bay, Dementia Lakes, Dementia Wellington and Dementia Canterbury.

Together these organisations provide community dementia support services to areas
covering 70% of New Zealand’s population

Through awareness, education and support, it’s our mission to help improve the quality of life for those affected by dementia – not only individuals, but also their caregivers, whanau and support networks.

By providing advocacy and access to information that promotes wellness, increases independence and provides reassurance, we want to inspire and nurture a dementia-friendly society, where anyone affected feels supported and prepared for the journey ahead.

We’re stronger together

The significance of a dementia diagnosis reaches beyond the individual affected.
Families, networks and communities have a role to play in ensuring that we provide a safe and supportive society.

Dementia is now the third largest cause of death in New Zealand. With 50 million people affected globally, there are nearly
10 million new cases reported every year – one every three seconds. It has never been more important for us to understand,
and tackle, the largest health and social challenge of our time.

A shared vision

Dementia New Zealand is led by a professional team who each bring their own skill and insight to contribute to a strong, passionate organisation.
What unites us is our commitment to creating beneficial change in the lives of those affected by dementia, and to lead the conversation around
dementia in a more positive and constructive way in our communities.

Scott Arrol

CEO

 Scott has spent the past 18+ years working in leadership roles in New Zealand’s health sector including home-based care, aged residential care and health IT.  His most recent role was as CEO of New Zealand Health IT, which he transformed into the peak body for the digital health industry sector. Prior to that Scott was the general manager for Healthcare NZ’s community services division and was responsible for home-based care services provided to more than 15,000 people living in their own homes across the country.  He is an appointed member of Health Informatics New Zealand, the leading data and digital community that brings people together both nationally and internationally to share knowledge and influence the health and wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

 

As CEO of Dementia New Zealand Scott is committed to supporting its Affiliate organisations to continue providing the best possible services to an ever increasing number of people across the country, to work with government and key stakeholders to raise awareness of the need for a proactive approach to managing the dementia crisis and the implementation of the focus areas contained in the New Zealand Dementia Action Plan.  The development of this plan reflects an impressive amount of collaboration and work done across the sector and Scott is looking forward to playing his part to see the next phase of implementation carried.  Ultimately, Scott believes people living with dementia deserve every opportunity to embrace life, celebrate moments and live with dignity and joy.

 

Bruce Davis

GM – Finance

Originally from Christchurch, Bruce has worked in commercial accounting roles in Melbourne, Sydney, Christchurch and Hamilton throughout his career. This included roles with Winstones, DB Breweries and Daihatsu NZ. He was also the finance manager for National Heart Foundation for 13 years, until his retirement in November 2016. While he enjoyed the opportunity to spend more time with his grandson, Bruce couldn’t stay away from number crunching for long. He was attracted to joining us because of the opportunity to contribute to a charitable cause while working part-time and still enjoying the lifestyle of semi-retirement. Bruce and his wife Anne, a registered nurse, enjoy making the most of opportunities to travel, in particular, indulging in their love of cruises.

Meet our trustees

Dementia New Zealand benefits from the strong governance of a highly regarded group of individuals who each bring a wealth of
experience. Their considerable combined knowledge allows us to leverage valuable business acumen, while their shared empathy and
passion towards supporting our community ensures we continue to deliver excellence through our services.

Jocelyn Weatherall

Chair

Jocelyn is the Chair of the Dementia Auckland board and Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. Jocelyn has a passion for offering practical assistance for those affected by dementia.

Frances Blyth

Deputy Chair

Frances is also Chair of Dementia Wellington and a member of the Ministry of Health NGO Council.

Carol Fisher

Carol has been Chairperson of Dementia Lakes for over 15 years.  She still works part time as a Registered Nurse with her main interest being in the area of health services for older people.

Cheryl Robinson

Cheryl has a background in nursing, working mainly in medical, elder care and mental health. She worked for eight years at the psychiatric unit in Hastings, at a time when this was the only service for people with a dementia related diagnosis.

Dr Mark Fisher

Dr Mark Fisher is a senior and experienced Consultant Psychiatrist who has worked in the areas of dementia and the Psychiatry of Old Age in Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the United Kingdom.

Michael Aitken

Michael Aitken brings with him significant experience in the delivery and management of health care, as well as experience in multiple governance roles.

Support Dementia New Zealand

The generous support of our business partners allows us to provide valuable support, education and awareness to
communities throughout New Zealand. Find out more about partnering with us

Your support makes a difference

It is through the generous support that we receive from our business partners, event sponsors and attendees that we are able to continue to provide valuable support, education and awareness programmes to communities throughout New Zealand

Our aim is to develop truly rewarding partnerships that benefit both organisations. If you’re interested in finding out more about partnering with Dementia New Zealand, please get in touch.

Thanks to our partners