The Australasian Delirium Association (ADA) is seeking up to two (2) consumers and/or carers to present on their experience and perspectives of delirium as an opening keynote speaker for the ADA conference on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September 2020.

Closing date: 5pm, Thursday 9 April 2020

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Australasian Delirium Association

The ADA is a health professional organization which aims to advance research and knowledge about delirium to improve clinical practice related to delirium prevention, recognition and management across a range of disciplines and specialties. They aim to provide better understanding of delirium through leadership, education, resources, research and partnerships; please see their website

The DECLARED conference is the major educational event convened by the ADA, and will be held for the first time in Brisbane in 2020; see the conference website at



Delirium (acute confusion) is a common and distressing hospital -associated complication which increases with age, and remains under-recognised. The committee hopes that opening the conference with consumer and carer perspectives will help to raise awareness of the individual and family impact of this serious condition, as well as the disease features and system impact which are more traditionally emphasised in health professional conferences.

Other major conference speakers include visiting clinician and academic experts from USA, UK, Europe and Australia from nursing, medical and science backgrounds.
The organizing committee for the DECLARED2020 conference are based in Brisbane and include medical, nursing and allied health clinicians interested in delirium and delirium research.


Role of the consumer

The consumers and carers will collaborate with Professor Alison Mudge from the ADA DECLARED2020 organising committee to develop a 40-minute presentation describing their personal experience of delirium (in themselves or a family member). The consumers and carers will open the conference with this presentation, after the acknowledgement of country and welcome from the ADA President. They will then be invited to remain for the conference to attend any educational sessions. They will also be invited to provide advice to the organizing committee on how to build consumer participation in future conferences.


Who is it for?

This opportunity would suit consumer or carer representatives with delirium experience and strong experience in public speaking and advocacy. This opening keynote will set the scene for this 300-plus delegate conference of clinicians, hospital managers and researchers interested in this important hospital-associated complication.

Time and location

The conference venue is the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre. The keynote presentation will open the conference 9.00-9.45am on Thursday 3 September, and the consumer and carers are encouraged to attend conference sessions on September 3rd and 4th.


Remuneration and support

The consumers will liaise with the conference organizing committee to discuss the format and content of the presentation, and will be supported in developing and delivering their content by an experienced health professional speaker. They will be invited to attend the conference as a full delegate.

Consumers will be remunerated for their time in line with Health Consumers Queensland’s remuneration position statement. Remuneration includes preparation time estimated as 8 hours, and two hours for attending the opening conference session and delivering the presentation. A parking voucher will be provided for the conference venue on the day of presentation. The consumers will not be remunerated for attending the two-day conference but will be provided with free registration as a full delegate which includes all conference sessions, morning and afternoon tea and lunch. There is no obligation to attend other sessions.


How to apply

Please complete this consumer application form and return to [email protected] by 5pm, Thursday 9 April 2020.
For assistance please contact Health Consumers Queensland via [email protected] or by phone on 07 3012 9090.