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NSW Health Dementia Competency Framework
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dementia care services across the community.
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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

Map Evidence & Activities

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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July – October 2017

North Coast Aged Care Symposium – Ageing with Mental Health: What am I looking at? @ Ballina RSL Club
July 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am – July 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
North Coast Aged Care Symposium - Ageing with Mental Health: What am I looking at? @ Ballina RSL Club | Ballina | New South Wales | Australia
NORTH COAST AGED CARE SYMPOSIUM Ageing with Mental Health: What am I looking at? Thursday 20th & Friday 21st July 2017 Tea, Coffee and Lunch [...]
Dementia and Recreation National Conference @ Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne
August 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am – August 17, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Dementia and Recreation National Conference @ Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne | Caulfield East | Victoria | Australia
The annual D+R National Conference is the major National Conference for Recreation, Lifestyle, Allied Health, Nursing Professionals & Managers working in residential, community, home or other healthcare settings.  Conference [...]
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 [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Friday June 23rd URI group investigates impacts of diet, exercise on development of dementia
    Disciplines from across University, community partners bring new perspectives to research Faculty, staff and graduate students from a broad range of disciplines at the University of Rhode Island are taking on one of society’s most…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday June 23rd Stroke and Dementia Associated with Artificially-Sweetened Drinks?
    Consumption of artificially-sweetened drinks is associated with increased risk of stroke and dementia, according to a study published online in Stroke. Matthew P. Pase, PhD, from the Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues examined…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday June 23rd Low Daily Dose of THC May Slow or Reverse Dementia
    Within the health community, the use of medical marijuana is controversial. Recently, a German-Israeli research team found evidence that small, controlled amounts of the active ingredient in marijuana, THC, improved cognitive function and memory in…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday June 23rd Stockton calls on volunteers for summer brain study
    Stockton University researchers want to look inside your brain — for science, of course. A research project called The Relationship Between Brain Activity and Cognitive Reserve, led by Jessica Fleck, associate professor of psychology, will…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday June 23rd THESE FOODS MAY HELP KEEP THE BRAIN YOUNG
    Blueberries, olive oil, kefir, walnuts, leafy greens, oatmeal, bananas, and algal oil. These are some of the foods that could play a role in helping to keep the brain healthy throughout life, according to scientific…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday June 23rd Olive oil protects against dementia...
    EXTRA virgin olive oil could protect the brain against dementia, new research suggests. American scientists claim the consumption of the dressing defends memory by reducing the formation of toxic plaques and tangles in the brain,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday June 23rd World's first dementia-friendly airport named in Australia
    Brisbane Airport in Australia was named the world's first dementia-friendly airport on Wednesday by Alzheimer's Australia. The Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have been working since 2015 to…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday June 22nd Maria Shriver’s coloring book for dementia patients
    Maria Shriver has advice for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers: Get crayons and markers. Then fill in the butterfly wings, balloons and other uplifting images on the pages of “Color Your Mind,” a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday June 22nd ‘Centres of Excellence’ could make a life-changing difference for people...
    Alzheimer’s Society has today announced its biggest-ever single investment in dementia care research. £6 million has been awarded to three ‘Centres of Excellence'. The ‘Centres of Excellence’ will focus on key priority areas within dementia…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday June 22nd How carers can create dementia-friendly homes
    People who are caring for somebody with dementia must be mindful of how the person's home is decorated, an expert has stated. According to Barbara Clarke, chief officer at Bolton Dementia Support, dark patches or…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday June 22nd Alzheimer's Research UK Asks Government to Confirm Plans for Dementia Research
    Alzheimer's Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has called for the new government to renew its commitment to funding research into the condition. The charity’s call comes amid speculation that the Great Repeal…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday June 22nd Visual Test May Flag Risk for Parkinson's Dementia
    An online visual test may identify patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) at highest risk for dementia, results of a new study suggest. The analysis showed that patients with PD did worse than controls on tests…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday June 22nd Dementia patients 'must be helped to keep their teeth clean'
    People living with dementia must be helped to maintain good oral health, a charity has insisted. According to Dementia UK, keeping teeth and gums clean and free of debris helps dementia patients maintain their self-esteem…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 21st What are the best ways to tackle Dementia?
    One day in 2006, British general practitioner Jennifer Bute was discussing dementia care with fellow doctors when she suddenly turned to one among them and asked him to introduce himself. As Dr Bute, now 70,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 21st Researchers Identify Metabolite That Could Signal a Higher Risk of Developing...
    Higher levels of a molecule called anthranilic acid could signal that a person is at increased risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study. The research, “Association of amine biomarkers with incident…
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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