Meet the Dementia Support Australia (DSA) Team

With strong networks with local and international partnerships, Dementia Support Australia is led by an expert team who can support and facilitate change to enable excellence in dementia care.

Under the direction of Colm Cunningham, the Dementia Centre team works across a variety of areas:

Leadership Team

A/Prof Colm Cunningham, Director of the Dementia Centre

A/Prof Colm Cunningham MSc (Dementia Studies) BN BSocWk

Formerly the Deputy Director of UK Dementia Services Development Centre, Colm’s research focus and expertise are in pain management, environmental design that supports people with dementia, dementia and delirium, dementia and intellectual disabilities and night care. Colm is also a Conjoint Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, a visiting fellow in dementia design and practice at the University of Edinburgh School of Health in Social Science.


Marie Alford, Head of Implementation at the Dementia Centre

Mary AlfordBSocWkHons DipComServMgt

With a background in social work, community services, leadership, advocacy, training and management, Marie Alford has a strong commitment to social justice and consumer engagement. Previously the Director of the South Australian and Northern Territory Dementia Training Study Centre, she comes to the Dementia Centre at HammondCare with experience in project development, managing research projects and a passion for knowledge translation and practice.


Andrew Haszard, Head of Operations of the Dementia Centre

Andrew Haszard

BS Nursing

Andrew is a Registered Nurse with a background in community services. Previously he led HammondCare’s Dementia Specific Home Care Service in Melbourne, Victoria. Andrew takes a person-centered approach to care, focusing on dignity, choice and developing partnerships in care between family, staff and clients. He is also an advocate for people’s right to be heard, have choice and to have control, thereby effectively managing risk rather than eliminating it.