Hazel Hawke's Legacy

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.

Donate now to the Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research and Care Fund.


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.

Since it was established, the fund has supported the following research projects aimed at improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers.

Title Grant Recipient Award year Project Title
Professor Cherry Russell 2005 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 2006 Cognitive impairment in the elderly homeless
Dr Jennifer Torr 2006 Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome
Associate Professor Kate Webster 2006 Falls risk assessment in people with Alzheimer's disease
Associate Professor Mathew Hopcraft 2007 Evaluation of oral healthcare training for cares of nursing home residents with dementia
Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone 2007 The use and misuse of Alzheimer's disease in the euthanasia/ physician assisted suicide debate
Professor Elizabeth Beattie 2008 Nutritional Challenges for family caregivers and persons with dementia
Associate Professor Melissa Lindeman 2009 Evaluation of a dementia education resource for indigenous communities
Associate Professor Karen Sullivan 2009 Good idea! The dementia carers' healthy thinking project
Dr Karen Croot 2010 The right word at the right time: keeping communication going in progressive aphasia
Dr Maria Kangas 2010 Treatment of anxiety and depression in distressed carers for persons with dementia-related disorders
Dr Amee Baird 2011 Music as a memory aid in Alzheimer's disease
Dr Jean Tinney 2011 Interpreter mediated cognitive assessments - stakeholder experiences informing guidelines and training DVD
Dr Erin Conway 2012 Facilitating word-retrieval in conversation: Direct intervention for people with progressive aphasia

Hazel Hawke

"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
Alzheimer's Australia
1 Frewin Place
Scullin ACT 2614

Print out a Hazel Hawke Alzheimer's Research & Care Fund Donation Form (PDF, 155 KB)

Donations by phone

Alzheimer's Australia

02 6254 4233