Paul Bryden

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"I think Christine’s always interested in looking for new sort of challenges." – Paul Bryden speaking to ABC's Australian Story.

Paul is a loving and supportive husband and enabler to Christine Bryden. Paul worked as a diplomat in the Department of Foreign Affairs from 1970 to 1984, focusing on international trade issues. He subsequently held senior positions in the Department of Primary Industries and Energy, and the Australia New Zealand Food Authority. He has been involved in dementia (Alzheimer’s) issues since meeting Christine in 1998. He has been a member of Alzheimer’s Australia (ACT), President of Alzheimer’s Australia (Sunshine Coast), and a Member of the Management Committee of Alzheimer’s Australia (Queensland). Paul is a Chaplain at Woodford Correctional Centre, as well as an enabler for Christine.

A former science and technology advisor to an Australian Prime Minister, Christine Bryden was diagnosed with dementia in 1995. In 2001, Christine was the first person with dementia to give a plenary address to the international conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International. In 2003 she was the first person with dementia to be elected to the Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International. She has given many talks and interviews in Australia, as well as in several other countries. Christine was a member of the Alzheimer’s Australia Consumer Dementia Research Network (2010-2015). She is a member of Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Research Foundation Scientific Panel, Queensland’s State-wide Dementia Clinical Network Steering Committee and the Cognitive Impairment Advisory Group of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. In 2016, she was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her advocacy work. Christine has written four books: Who will I be when I die?, Dancing with Dementia, Nothing About Us, Without Us (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) and Before I Forget (Penguin Australia). Three years after her diagnosis, Christine met Paul Bryden, a former diplomat. Despite her prognosis, they fell in love and married. With his help, support and encouragement, Christine has been an active advocate for people with dementia. Hers is an emotional and spiritual journey of survival and hope.