Hazel Hawke's legacy
Hazel Hawke Memorial - Celebrating Hazel
At Hazel’s request, Alzheimer’s Australia established the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Australia Research and Care Fund in 2003 to support dementia care research across Australia. With Hazel’s passing in 2013, Australians have responded generously with donations to build a legacy in memory of Hazel and to fulfil her wishes for continued investment in research and care for dementia.
Hazel Hawke's legacy has been to raise the profile of dementia and the importance of investment in research to improve the quality of dementia care.
Since it was established, the fund has supported the following research projects aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
Professor Cherry Russell
Dying with Dementia: An exploratory study of family caregiver perspectives on best quality care and support practices at the end of life.
Dr Astrid Rogoz
Cognitive impairment in the elderly homeless.
Dr Jennifer Torr
Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome
Associate Professor Kate Webster
Falls risk assessment in people with Alzheimer's disease.
Associate Professor Mathew Hopcraft
Evaluation of oral healthcare training for cares of nursing home residents with dementia.
Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone
The use and misuse of Alzheimer's disease in the euthanasia/ physician assisted suicide debate.
Professor Elizabeth Beattie
Nutritional Challenges for family caregivers and persons with dementia.
Associate Professor Melissa Lindeman
Evaluation of a dementia education resource for indigenous communities.
Associate Professor Karen Sullivan
Good idea! The dementia carers' healthy thinking project.
Dr Karen Croot
The right word at the right time: keeping communication going in progressive aphasia.
Dr Maria Kangas
Treatment of anxiety and depression in distressed carers for persons with dementia-related disorders.
Dr Amee Baird
Music as a memory aid in Alzheimer's disease.
Dr Jean Tinney
Interpreter mediated cognitive assessments - stakeholder experiences informing guidelines and training DVD.
Dr Erin Conway
Can Speech Pathology improve the ability of people with dementia to remember the words they want for conversations.
"I hope that, by speaking out about this very private issue, I can help to promote openness, awareness and support for all people living with dementia. No illness should carry a negative label. None of us is immune."
"Although I would obviously prefer not to have Alzheimer's, I continue to live a happy and healthy life, with the love and support of family and friends. I hope that, as a community, we can work towards this as a reality for all those similarly affected."
"Practically speaking, I hope to help raise much-needed funds by establishing the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund. I have done this together with Alzheimer’s Australia. We will use the money you donate to assist on-going research into the prevention and management of Alzheimer’ disease, and to help provide crucial services to people and their carers living with dementia. I urge you all to contribute generously to this Fund." - Hazel Hawke (November 2003)
Our thanks to the Hawke family
Glenn Rees, CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia, said that every one involved in advocating for people with dementia would have the memory of Australian Story in 2003 – The Big ‘A’ - and Hazel Hawke indelibly printed in their memories forever.
She had made a great and personal commitment to dementia research and particularly to improving the quality of dementia care through the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer’s Research and Care Fund.
Donations to this fund will help Alzheimer's Australia to improve the quality of dementia care and develop new opportunities for emerging researchers to develop their careers in the dementia research field.
Ita Buttrose, President of Alzheimer's Australia, said that Hazel's courage to speak openly about her dementia journey has left a lasting legacy in raising the profile of Alzheimer’s disease and reducing the strong sense of isolation that thousands of Australians with dementia experience.
Donations by Mail
Simply send a cheque or money order to:
Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund
PO Box 4194
Kingston ACT 2604
Donations by phone
02 6278 8900