Ageing populations, dementia care and assistive technologies: New issues for health law and human rights

Belinda Bennett1

1 Australian Centre for Health Law Research, School of Law, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), GPO Box 2434, Brisbane, QLD, 4001,

With ageing populations in many countries around the world, dementia has emerged as a significant social and economic challenge. Increasingly, use of assistive technologies, including the use of robotic carers or companions, is being considered as an option for dementia care. This paper analyses these advances and considers the potential for new technologies to provide important supports for people living with dementia and their carers. The paper analyses the use of assistive technologies through consideration of the provisions of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in order to evaluate the extent to which assistive technologies promote the human rights of people living with dementia.


Belinda Bennett is Professor of Health Law in the Law School at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research explores issues related to health law and globalisation. Her research also focuses on the development of regulatory responses to new technologies in health care and the interface between social change, scientific developments and legal regulation.

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