Heather Clarke completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology from UNSW and holds postgraduate qualification specialising in Developmental Disability from the University of Wollongong. During her 25 years within the community health field Heather has worked extensively in both government departments and within the not for profit sector both within aged care and disability portfolios. Heather has been employed with Alzheimers Australia ACT (AAACT) now Dementia Australia for 4 years initially in the role of behaviour advisor with the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service providing individualised specialised support for the carers of people living with dementia within the community, acute care and Residential Aged Care facilities. Currently Heather holds a dual role at Dementia Australia dividing her time between coordinating the Dementia and The Arts program and working with the clinical services and consultancy team as a case specialist coordinator. The Dementia & The Arts program is the first arts program of its kind in the ACT strategically supporting people living with dementia and their carers.