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NSW health Dementia Care Competency Framework

Self Assessment

Online survey helps measure your initial dementia care competency level

Find a Mentor

Working with your mentor set a competency goal to work towards

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Build a portfolio of evidence and develop an Action Plan

Certificate of Competency

Once your goal is reached, gain a certificate of competency

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September – November 2017

Making a Difference in Dementia Care @ Blacktown Workers Club
September 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Making a Difference in Dementia Care @ Blacktown Workers Club  | Blacktown | New South Wales | Australia
Western Sydney Dementia Strategy Implementation Group presents a showcase of best practice and innovation in Dementia care including: Dr Helen Creasey: “latest research and best practice” [...]
RED Conference – A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care @ Glasshouse
October 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
RED Conference - A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care @ Glasshouse | Port Macquarie | New South Wales | Australia
What is The RED Conference all about The RED Conference, A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care has been designed to provide a regional perspective [...]
2017 FPOA Conference: Capacity, Creativity and Ageing in Clinical Practice @ Millennium Hotel, Queenstown NZ.
November 8, 2017 @ 8:30 am – November 10, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
2017 FPOA Conference: Capacity, Creativity and Ageing in Clinical Practice @ Millennium Hotel, Queenstown NZ. | Queenstown | Otago | New Zealand
Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age In conjunction with the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 2017 FPOA Conference, IPA will hold four [...]

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  • Carmel Jarmain on Thursday September 21st Research article for Online dementia course
    Journal of Clinical Nursing Issue: Volume 24(21-22), November 2015, p 3129–3137 "Enabling resources in people with dementia: a qualitative study about nurses' strategies that may support a sense of coherence in people with dementia" Lillekroken,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 14th Differences in aggression among people with dementia
    Physical aggression among people with dementia is not unusual. A study from Lund University in Sweden showed that one-third of patients with the diagnosis Alzheimer's disease or frontotemporal dementia were physically aggressive towards healthcare staff,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 14th Unlocking rogue protein could be KEY to curing Alzheimer’s
    ALZHEIMER’S disease and Parkinson’s disease cures could both come from unlocking a key rogue protein in the brain, say scientists. Researchers may have just moved a step closer to finding a successful cure for Alzheimer’s…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 14th 'Alarming' rise in Alzheimer's Disease deaths in Scotland
    Deaths from Alzheimer's Disease in Scotland rose by more than a third in a year, according to official figures. National Records of Scotland (NRS) said 1,506 people died from all forms of dementia in the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 14th Improving Diagnosis of Mild HIV-Related Neurocognitive Disorders
    New data pertaining to both predictive factors and cognitive screening for HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) were presented at the 9th International AIDS Society (IAS) Conference on HIV Science held in Paris, France.1,2 Ilaria Mastrorosa, PhD,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 14th l How much do you know about Alzheimer's?
    Is dementia the same as Alzheimer's? Dementia describes a range of symptoms that are associated with deteriorating memory or other thinking skills, the most severe of which can affect day-to-day functioning of the person. Dementia…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 14th es Dementia Cause Death?
    Neurodegenerative diseases have long been known to significantly decrease quality of life with aging. Along with this comes an inevitable burden on families to care for aging loved ones with an inherent level of complexity.…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 13th Dementia - Robotic help
    Dementia is a problem facing more than 5 million Americans but robotic technology is helping those with dementia. Often with dementia patients, it's the day-to-day interactions such as remembering to take medicine, remembering to even…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 13th Alzheimer Society Research Program provides $3.4 million boost to dementia resea
    The Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) is pleased to announce it has awarded $3.4 million to Canadian researchers through this year's research competition to help create a brighter future for Canadians who are impacted by…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 13th Caring for those with memory loss
    DID you know that dementia is one of the most serious health and social crisis of the century? According to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) report 2014, more than 71 million people will be living with…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 13th Citrus consumption and dementia
    Citrus fruits are rich in flavonoids which have been shown to be able to cross the blood-brain barrier and to play a part in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Now researchers from Tohoku University have found…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 13th Dementia sufferers to trial new drug in world first
    Victorians with an extreme form of dementia that emerges in middle-age will receive a new drug in a world-first trial. Fifteen patients in the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) will take part in the trial, and…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 12th Blood Pressure Variability Associated With Elderly Dementia Risk
    Increased blood pressure variability is associated with a higher risk of all-cause dementia, vascular dementia (VaD), and Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the elderly, according to a study published in Circulation. Emi Oishi, MD, from Kyushu…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 12th Myths About the Aging Brain
    Scientists are uncovering new information about the human brain every day. But misinformation still abounds. The Global Council on Brain Health recently examined and disproved these myths about the aging brain: Read More: http://health.usnews.com/health-care/articles/2017-09-11/heath-tip-myths-about-the-aging-brain
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 12th Cooking with THIS type of oil could protect your memory
    Olive oil has been found by numerous studies to have multiple health benefits. A study published in the journal Circulation found the Mediterranean diet staple was good for the heart, and lowered risk of heart…
Dementia Care Competency Framework

The program incorporates the recently completed cross-setting, inter-disciplinary Dementia Care Competency Framework, developed by NSW Health, The University of Wollongong and Dementia Collaborative Research Centres. Ten Clinical Competencies and 40 Domains of Practice have been established to evaluate and inform dementia care professional development.

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