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NSW health Dementia Care Competency Framework

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November 2017

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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  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday October 17th Eliminating obesity and type 2 diabetes could help prevent dementia
    A third of dementia cases could be prevented if people are guided towards certain steps to look after their health, according to a study. A total of 24 international experts worked on the research which…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday October 17th Study of coffee and dementia stirs worldwide interest
    Combine a product widely loved with a disease widely dreaded and what do you get? Widespread attention, a UWM researcher found. Ira Driscoll's study of a possible link between coffee and dementia, published on International…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday October 17th Designing for dementia gets digital upgrade
    A new app being launched by the University of Stirling could revolutionise the delivery of accommodation for those with dementia. According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, with the number…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday October 17th Degree of Amyloid Deposition Helps Predict Cognitive Decline
    It may be possible to grow old without developing Alzheimer's disease pathology (ADP), although a wide range of very different types of protective factors are involved. A study published in JAMA Neurology looked at the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday October 17th Dementia is still the leading cause of death in England
    Dementia is still the leading cause of death in England and Wales, new Government data has revealed. For the second-year running, the neurological disorder has claimed more lives than heart disease - the world's leading…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday October 17th Can green tea help protect your brain from dementia?
    If you're looking for a brain-healthy brew, here's one that may suit you to a tea. Study after study has found people who drink green tea on a daily basis are less likely to develop…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday October 16th Androgen Deprivation Therapy Does Not Increase Dementia or Alzheimer Risk
    Men receiving androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for prostate cancer are at no significant risk for Alzheimer disease (AD) or dementia, according to a report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Using the Medicare claims…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday October 16th Lithium in Drinking Water and Dementia: A Denmark Study
    Recent research investigates an association between lithium in drinking water and a lower incidence of dementia. Dementia is a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes, mostly observed in the elderly. This is marked…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday October 16th Surprisingly Easy Ways to Reduce Your Dementia Risk
    You know that one bad habit you know you need to give up, but you just haven’t found the motivation yet? Your brain health might depend on your willingness to quit. Your dementia risk increases…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday October 16th How cats and dogs are helping doctors predict dementia in people with Parkinson’
    Security images inviting users to type words, or click on pictures, to prove they are ‘not a robot’ are undoubtedly frustrating for many. But scientists have discovered that some people with Parkinson’s disease struggle more…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday October 16th Dementia requires a password to unlock memories
    To describe dementia at this time in my life, it has been like my thoughts and memories are under control of my subconscious. I am having memory lapses and become foggy, as I like to…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 12th How Cambridge scientists are leading progress on mental health & brain research
    Cambridge boasts a wealth of medical and scientific talent producing a wide range of important research. Doctors and scientists at the university and region's hospitals are making advances in our understanding of mental health conditions…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 12th New app helps you create a Playlist for Life
    Playlist for Life is releasing an app that will help people with dementia by enabling them, their loved ones, and carers to harness the power of music. The free app, designed with the help of…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 12th Older dementia sufferers placing ‘unprecedented pressure’ on NHS
    An increasing number of older people that are physically frail and often suffering with dementia are placing an unprecedented level of pressure on the NHS. That is according to an annual report by the Care…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 12th Suffer with a bad sense of SMELL? It could be a sign of dementia
    DEMENTIA could be detected much earlier by testing peoples’ sense of smell, according to researchers. A smell test could find early signs of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and their underlying cause. Losing your sense…
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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