Daniella Greenwood

Consultant, Speaker, Author, and Activist

Daniella Greenwood is an international consultant, speaker and published author specializing in human rights policy and practice in residential aged care. Her dissertation looked at human rights practice as it relates to citizen residents living in the later stages of dementia. Her focus is on ensuring that human rights find their way into the tiny moments of day-to-day life for older people.

Daniella has worked in a range of roles in residential aged care over the last fifteen years – from personal carer to National Strategy and Innovation Manager. During this time she developed and implemented the internationally recognised best practice model of Consistent Staff Assignment. Her human rights advocacy forms part of her life-long solidarity project based on her recognition of the failure of culture change initiatives, existing choice and rights frameworks, person-centred and relationship-centred approaches to protect the human rights of the most vulnerable older people. Her most recent work draws on her dissertation and involves the development and upcoming implementation of a human rights framework based on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for Mercy Health Australia.

Daniella has presented her work to federal Parliamentarians and as a keynote speaker internationally, including for the Alzheimer’s Disease International conference in 2015; Research Institute for Ageing, Canada, 2017; Dementia Action Alliance, USA, 2019; and the Older People’s Advocacy Network, Human Rights Symposium, 2020. She is regularly engaged in a range of expert advisory and reference roles including with the Australian Government Department of Health, Older People’s Advocacy Network (OPAN), Dementia Training Australia, Meaningful Ageing Australia and Diversional & Recreational Therapy Australia (board member). In 2020 Daniella was invited to provide expert witness testimony for the Australian Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. She is also a member of Reimagining Dementia: A Creative Coalition for Justice.