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Team: Nan Yu

Nan Yu is the founder and CEO of My Dementia Companion and is a passionate advocate for improving dementia care. He believes all people impacted by dementia deserve to be supported.

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Contribution to the sector


Nan is passionate about health, aged and disability care, particularly dementia care. He was one of the co-authors of the National Framework for Action on Dementia in 2013 and generously contributes to the sector, including as a Board Director at Caladenia Dementia Care, Board Director at Care Connect, LASA Next Gen Ambassador, frontline volunteering, and various pro bono mentoring and consulting services for a wide variety of non-for-profit organisations.


Inspiration for innovation


Through all the work and personal experience, Nan realised how much the dementia sector and people being impacted by dementia are starving for innovative support. This led him to create My Dementia Companion, the world’s first smart practical dementia tool for family carers and care professionals. 


With the support of generous volunteers, team and supporters, My Dementia Companion has won many awards and recognitions.


Nan has also developed an aspiration to attract outside talents to the sector and inspire existing talents within the sector to innovate and challenge the status quo. This grassroot reform is a key way to tackle our workforce challenges to help us build a sustainable industry to support a society to age well.


Managing other responsibilities


Nan’s work in the dementia sector is in addition to a demanding full-time job in a global pharmaceutical company, where he leads the commercial excellence function for Australia and New Zealand.


Prior to this, Nan was a management consultant and clinical pharmacist within the public health system. He holds a double degree in Pharmacy (H1 Honour) and Commerce from Monash University.

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