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Dr Sarah Cope Memorial Fund

Sarah Cope

Dr Sarah Cope was an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Canberra for just over two years before her life was tragically cut short by cancer.

A vibrant woman, admired by those around her, she was a champion for the vulnerable - with a particular passion for improving ageing and dementia care.

A Callistemon tree planted in October 2019 stands as a living reminder of her bright spirit, passion and boundless energy.

Sarah was immensely proud to be a member of the Discipline of Nursing team, she taught in the area of mental health and her research specialised in caring for older people. Sarah dedicated her career in nursing to enhancing the care of older people in our society, notably through her work as Dementia Practice Lead at Uniting.

To read more about Sarah's ideas around a better future for dementia care, please read an article she wrote titled The power of collective action for the Australian Journal of Dementia Care by clicking here.

During her short time at UC, Sarah made an enormous impact on staff and students, not only within the Discipline of Nursing but across the wider team. Her passion for teaching touched the hearts and minds of students and this continues to inspire nursing students.

Sarah will long be remembered for her whirlwind energy, sense of humour and infectious laugh. She was a lover of hot rod cars, horse riding, vintage fashion, Doc Marten boots, tattoos, family, and her husband, Ian. Her signature colour was bright red and her colleagues often wear red in her remembrance.

Sarah's Legacy: the Caring for Older People Excellence (COPE) Award

In legacy to Sarah, the Caring for Older People Excellence (COPE) Award has been created and will be presented each October during the Annual COPE Memorial Lecture. The award will recognise an undergraduate nursing student who demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for caring for older people.

It is hoped that in time the fund will also be able to support additional research into aged care. To read her thesis please click here.

To support the Fund and contribute to Caring for Older People Excellence, please use the donate button to the right.

Additional material

To read a Canberra Times news article about her work and her memorial at UC, titled Sarah's fierce legacy lives on please click here.

A link to the article on UnCover titled Tribute to a Life Driven By Love: Dr Sarah Cope's Legacy is available here.

Television news coverage of the Cr Cope Memorial can be viewed here:

Please view a lecture given by Sarah on Dementia and Dementia Care here.