Dr David Sykes

Dementia Australia

Director, Dementia Training Australia; Director, Dementia Australia Centre for Dementia Learning

Dr David Sykes, DTA Director, Dementia Australia

Dr Sykes leads Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning which has been at the forefront of learning technologies including the multi award-winning Virtual Dementia Experience and the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE). The team was recently awarded Victorian Small Training Provider of the Year.

Dr Sykes was involved in the establishment of the Victorian Disability Services Commissioner, worked for 10 years with the Office of the Public Advocate, is a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, and completed his doctorate on the development of a model of advocacy practice for working with people with a cognitive disability.

As Director of Dementia Training Australia, Dr Sykes is responsible for Dementia Essentials, DTA’s nationally accredited course for workers who support people living with dementia.


Elizabeth Beatty DTA Director QUT

Queensland University of Technology

Director, Dementia Training Australia; Director, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration

Andrew Stafford DTA Director UWA

University of Western Australia

Director, Dementia Training Australia; Director, Consultant Pharmacy Services

Margaret Winbolt DTA Director, LaTrobe

La Trobe University, Victoria

Director, Dementia Training Australia; Senior Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care, La Trobe University

Richard Fleming DTA Executive Director UOW

University of Wollongong

Executive Director, Dementia Training Australia; Professorial Fellow, Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, University of Wollongong.

Andrew Robinson DTA Director UTAS

University of Tasmania

Director, Dementia Training Australia; Co-Founder, Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, University of Tasmania