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NSW health Dementia Care Competency Framework

Self Assessment

Online survey helps measure your initial dementia care competency level

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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

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Once your goal is reached, gain a certificate of competency

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July – August 2018

2018 Aged Care Symposium: Running the Race Against the Time Clock of Ageing @ Ballina RSL
July 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am – July 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
2018 Aged Care Symposium: Running the Race Against the Time Clock of Ageing @ Ballina RSL | Ballina | New South Wales | Australia
Integrated Care | Falls | Healthy Ageing | Osteoporosis | Parkinson Disease | Bone Health Using a multidisciplinary approach to care delivery How old would [...]
Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference 2018 @ Novotel Manly Pacific
August 6, 2018 – August 10, 2018 all-day
Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference 2018 @ Novotel Manly Pacific | Manly | New South Wales | Australia
Welcome to Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference 2018! In 2018, the Australian Grief and Bereavement Conference travels to Sydney, Australia and picturesque Manly will set the stage [...]
8th Global Experts Meeting on Advances in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry @ Radisson Hotel Narita
August 27, 2018 @ 8:30 am – August 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
8th Global Experts Meeting on Advances in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry @ Radisson Hotel Narita  | Tomisato-shi | Chiba-ken | Japan
Conference Series extends its welcome to 8th Global Experts Meeting on Advances in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry during August 27-28, 2018 at Radisson Hotel Narita, Tokyo, Japan [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Monday July 16th Repeated cognitive testing can obscure early signs of dementia
    Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, neurodegenerative condition that often begins with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), making early and repeated assessments of cognitive change crucial to diagnosis and treatment. Researchers have now found that repeated testing…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday July 16th Living in green spaces can guard against mental decline, dementia
    Living near green space has many positive effects, and studies have shown that urban green space specifically counters the negative impacts of city pollution. Now, a new study found that living in greener neighborhoods may…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday July 16th Why this drug cocktail could be the “fountain of youth” for aging
    Study shows a combination of medicines reduced signs of age-related diseases and extended life in mice and human cells Aging might be perfectly natural. But as practiced by the human body, it is beginning to…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday July 16th Can anticholinergic drugs increase your risk of dementia?
    Researchers investigated whether the use of anticholinergic drugs is associated with an increased incidence of dementia later in life. Dementia is a disorder of the brain caused by neurodegenerative processes that lead to cognitive decline…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday July 16th New app ‘painchek’ set to revolutionise dementia care
    A new app could hold the key to better health care for dementia sufferers who can’t speak. It’s called ‘painchek’ and is being trialled in Perth as a high-tech way to ease patients’ suffering. The…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday July 16th Alzheimer's risk 10 times lower with herpes medication
    New results could change the face of Alzheimer's treatment; the herpes simplex virus is found to play a vital role in the condition, and antiherpetic medication is shown to have a dramatic effect on dementia…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 12th Gout and Dementia May Be Linked
    Gout may be linked with a higher risk of developing dementia in the elderly, according to new research. "Gout may be a marker of other chronic conditions, and perhaps clinicians may discuss the possibility of…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 12th Blood pressure linked to lesions, signs of Alzheimer's in autopsied brains
    Older people with higher-than-average blood pressure have more markers of brain disease than their average-pressure peers, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology. In particular, the researchers saw increased signs of brain…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 12th Dementia patients needed for study that offers counselling sessions
    NEWLY diagnosed dementia patients in Sydney are being invited to be part of a study. The volunteers will all receive 14 counselling sessions and taught skills on how to deal with their condition. Dr Annica…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 12th What is Mixed Dementia?
    It is generally well known that there are many different types of dementia, all with differing causes, symptoms, and progression. It is less well known, however, that in some cases patients can show a blend…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 12th Dementia app firm MindMate teams up for clinical trial
    Scottish dementia app developer MindMate has teamed up with an Australian biotech firm working on new treatments for people suffering from Alzheimer's. MindMate's software will be used by Actinogen Medical to recruit patients for a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 12th Dementia Australia launches multilingual help sheets on dementia
    Dementia Australia has released a series of new multilingual dementia help sheets translated into 10 languages for people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities throughout Australia. The help sheets have been designed to raise…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 12th Common Disease Mechanisms Found Between Type of Batten Disease and Form of Adult
    Researchers have found common disease mechanisms between a type of Batten disease and a form of adult neurodegenerative disease. The study, “Individuals with progranulin haploinsufficiency exhibit features of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis,” was published in the…
  • Jacqui Riding on Wednesday July 11th Robin Williams Had Lewy Body Dementia – But Did Not Know It When He Died
    Robin Williams was diagnosed with a form of dementia in his final months, but did not know it, according to a new biography. Mr Williams’ autopsy report showed he had severe Lewy body dementia; doctors…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday July 11th Sleep disorder linked with brain changes found in dementia
    A sleep disorder that causes repeated shallow or paused breathing may be associated with changes in brain structure that are also seen in the early stages of dementia. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), common among elderly,…
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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