NT Division

Northern Territory

The Northern Territory Division of the AAG was formed in November 2010, following a very successful AAG Northern Territory Conference that year. Formation of the Division meets a longstanding need to bring together diverse players to assist in raising awareness of ageing and aged care service delivery challenges specific to regional, rural and remote areas in the Northern Territory. Although Northern Territory is still relatively small in comparison to other States and Territories, membership is very diverse representing our unique and exciting seniors and aged care and sectors in the Northern Territory. Members are mainly based in Darwin and Alice Springs, although some members are based in more remote locations. The Executive Committee meets regularly to plan and arrange educational and other activities for members, including publication of a regular newsletter.

Division Chair

Judy Ratajec 

Judy Ratajec is a Psychogeriatric Nurse currently working as the Team Leader for the Darwin and Katherine Urban Aged Care Assessment Team.
Judy has been involved in the implementation of the Aged Care reforms and in particular increasing access for our ageing Territorians through My Aged Care.
Previous to her work with the Aged Care Assessment team she had worked extensively in the Psychogeriatric and Dementia areas developing and establishing  responsive services to meet the needs of those people most at risk.
Over the 21 years in the Northern Territory Judy has established programs through Alzheimer’s Australia ( Dementia Australia ) including Dementia Friendly Communities, lobbying for appropriate services for those living with Younger Onset Dementia, raising awareness of brain health and dementia risk reduction across the NT.
Through DBMAS (DSA) Judy worked alongside communities to developed Indigenous specific resources providing education and strategies to reduce the impact of Dementia and behaviours of concern.
Judy is a strong client advocate and is committed to improving the lives of people living with complex psychogeriatric conditions in the Northern Territory. 


Helen Mar


Mary Ingrames

Mary Ingrames is the clinical nurse consultant for Geriatrics at Royal Darwin Hospital working as clinical nurse for GEM unit. She has worked for over 20 years in aged care in the NT in residential, community and subacute aged care areas across rural, remote and urban settings. Mary holds a Masters of mental health nursing (aged care). With special interest in behaviour management in dementia care and Indigenous aged care and has travelled extensively across NT with aged care work.

Membership Officer

Flo Goland

Events Coordinator

Caroline Phillips

Board Nominee

Ben Poona

Ben has been employed with Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation in Alice Springs, Northern Territories for almost 10 years, where he currently co-manages the Family Safety & Social Services Division – 17 programs from various sectors that deliver services to local community members. Some of these programs include Aged & Community Services, Disability, Chronic Disease Care Coordination, Family Violence Prevention, Family & Kin Care, Harm Minimisation, Tenancy Sustainability, Emergency Relief and Creative Arts. With over 20 years of operational experience working in the Health, Business & Arts sectors, Ben is excited to share experiences of working with an extremely diverse and vulnerable cohort of people living in rural and regional areas of Central Australia.

Committee Members

Susan Williams

Wendy Hubbard

Ben Poona

Alison Welsh


Thanks to the following previous Committee members


Rebecca McGrath (Treasurer), Aneeta Snow, Gillian Brearley,

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