Sue Pieters-Hawke


Advocate, speaker, writer, educator.

Sue Pieters-Hawke is renowned for her engaging and down-to-earth advocacy work. She is a National Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Australia and co-chairs the Federal Dementia Forum.

Growing up in a family dedicated to positive social change had a great influence on Sue and formed the foundation of Sue’s perspectives and her earthy ability to cut through to the heart of issues. Her father is former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and her mother Hazel was a community worker, advocate and home maker. 

Sue was the carer to her mother through her journey with dementia and remains a remains actively engaged in advocacy for best practice care for people experiencing dementia and alzheimer's. Sue has written two bestselling books: in 2004, she wrote of Hazels experience of Alzheimer’s in Hazels Journey , and in 2011 a complete biography of her mother in Hazel, My Mothers Story.
Whilst she is best known for her expertise and passion in the areas of dementia, positive ageing, care, and community, the ambit of subjects on which she can enthral an audience continues to evolve. Her most recent challenge has been dealing with cancer – diagnosis, treatment, lifestyle changes and the road to recovery of vibrant health and wellbeing.

You can find out more about Sue here.