about Us

The Dementia Support Network of WA was created to support those people supporting loved ones living with dementia.

This journey can often be a hard one, confusing and even traumatic. We often seen the biggest population of people becoming unwell both physically and mentally are those caring for someone living with dementia.

We often hear the term “dementia sufferer” when in fact the person living with dementia doesn’t often”suffer” at all and the main people that are affected by this illness are the families or those caring for that person.

We are not a big organisation but our principles are focussed on care and attention for you, whenever you should need a helping hand. We can be a confidant, a support system, a place to gain knowledge and advice or maybe just knowing we are here should you need us is enough for you.


Our Dementia Care team are passionate to share empathy, experience and knowledge to those living with dementia, their families and those in a caring role

Rita Gatenby - Chair 

Rita is an Aged Care Specialist / Placement Agent who comes with a wealth of knowledge and experience across the aged care sector. She also brings great expertise in event management and relationship building. 

Gill Grant -  Vice Chair

Gil Grant .. retiree after 18 years of owning & running his business G & S Furniture Sales Pty Ltd,  City of Belmont Councilor for 2 years, Chairman of Belmont Sister Association with the City of Adachi Japan for 4 years,  Chairman of Belmont Local Chambers of Commerce for 5 years, Director and Vice President of Perth Football Club for 11 years. 

After retirement Gil became the Indonesian and Australian Chairman & Operations Manager of the NGO Charity Project Karma who's mission is  combating the child abuse, exploitation and pedophilia in Indonesia.

Lyn Whelan - Secretary

Lyn joins our board with incredible leadership and administration experience. Lyn also cared for her husband who had younger onset dementia for many years and that knowledge is something that will be an incredible asset to DSNWA.

Mike Elliott - Treasurer

A retired Senior Police Officer with proven success in leadership within a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment. Mike has a high level of analytical, research, investigatory and critical evaluation skills to examine complex problems, and successfully develop strategies for resolution.

Theresa Bates - Founder / Board Member

Theresa is the founder of the Foundation. Theresa is a Dementia Care Specialist with many years experience working one on one with families with all types of dementia and travelled the dementia journey with her mother for 10 years. She specialises in Younger Onset Dementia.

Darrell Bates - Board Member

Darrell Bates has also been involved in the organisation for a number of years. He is a career firefighter with the Dept of Emergency & Firefighter Services in Perth. He has held a committee member position with the  United Firefighters Union of WA. He has also travelled the journey of dementia for the past ten years and understands the need to help other families in this position.


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