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Kirsty Bennett

Senior Academic Consultant, Environments,
Dementia Training Australia

University of Wollongong

Victoria

Kirsty Bennett

Kirsty's role at Dementia Training Australia

Kirsty brings expertise as a practicing architect to her role, as well as knowledge from studying gerontology and being a voluntary caregiver.

Kirsty has visited residential aged care and acute sites across Australia and overseas, focusing on how environments can empower older people.

She is co-author with Professor Richard Fleming of Dementia Training Australia’s (DTA’s) Environmental Design Resources (referenced under Standard 5).

One of the things Kirsty loves best is going on site (after a DPD education session) and walking around with staff and seeing the design principles in action.

“There is nothing better than seeing someone look around and say ‘Oh, now I see what you mean. All the corridors look the same! How could anyone find their way?’ And then start to talk about the simple things they can do to change them.”

What you do at DTA

I am a Senior Academic Consultant for the DTA Environments team. This role allows me to combine my practice experience as an architect and my academic interests (as a PhD candidate at Swinburne University) as I work on developing resources which capture the latest evidence based research. I also gather case studies and collaborate with industry .

What’s your favourite part of your job?

I enjoy seeing and reading about what people are doing in very different parts of Australia. It is great to be able to think about how we can work with them to improve environments so they can support people living with dementia​.

How would your colleagues describe you?

Enthusiastic, passionate, dedicated

What’s a usual 'day in the office' like for you?

There is no usual day which is what I love. It could be reading an article, recording an interview, visiting a site, or speaking to a DON on the phone.

What’s your favourite font and why?

Calibri, clear, but has a 'bit of design'

Something on your bucket list that you’d care to share?

​Going to the Ring Cycle in Bayreuth

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