Slide background
NSW Health Dementia Competency Framework
Developed for a wide range of practitioners delivering
dementia care services across the community.
Slide background
Dementia Care eLearning Courses
New Modules
Available
More About Our New Website
Slide background
Resources & Information Dementia Care Library Latest Research
Slide background
Dementia Care Competency & Training
Play Introduction

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

Dementia Care Network
Introducing our new website
View an overview of the website

July – August 2016

Delirium Clinical And Research Days @ John Niland Scientia Building (G19) Library Walk Gate 11
July 14, 2016 – July 15, 2016 all-day
Delirium Clinical And Research Days @ John Niland Scientia Building (G19) Library Walk Gate 11 | Kensington | New South Wales | Australia
A two day multidisciplinary symposium for anyone who wants to do better with delirium. The 3rd biennial scientific conference of the Australasian Delirium Association (ADA) will be [...]
North Coast Aged Care Symposium: The Forgotten Issues of Dementia – Emerging Insights & Development @ Ballina RSL Club
July 21, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – July 22, 2016 @ 4:00 pm
North Coast Aged Care Symposium: The Forgotten Issues of Dementia - Emerging Insights & Development @ Ballina RSL Club | Ballina | New South Wales | Australia
The Forgotten Issues of Dementia: Emerging Insights & Developments When:  Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd July 2016 Thursday, 21st  July 2016 (12:00noon–5:00pm) Thursday canapes @ [...]
Living Well with Dementia @ Rydges World Square
August 22, 2016 @ 9:00 am – August 23, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
Living Well with Dementia @ Rydges World Square | Sydney | New South Wales | Australia
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW’s inaugural Living Well with Dementia Conference will be held in August. This conference is the first of its kind in Australia. Leading [...]

Meet A Few of Our Course Facilitators

Living with Dementia
Kate Swaffer
Read Kate's Blog

Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 22nd Traveling with Dementia
    If a person has Alzheimer's or other dementia, it doesn't mean he or she can no longer participate in meaningful activities such as travel; but it does require planning to ensure safety and enjoyment for…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 22nd Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for Dementia
    Two area health care professionals became the first Americans to receive training in a British-based treatment approach for persons with mild to moderate dementia Hear More: http://news.wsiu.org/post/cognitive-stimulation-therapy-dementia-part-1#stream/0
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 22nd The diabetes drug that can also be used to fight off dementia
    Around 80% of people with Alzheimer’s disease also have some form of diabetes Drugs used to treat diabetes could also be used to combat dementia, experts have discovered. Scientists have found the two conditions are…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 22nd Can natural language processing help detect dementia?
    “Your speech can offer a lot of information and clues into how your brain is functioning,” says Katie Fraser, a PhD candidate in the department of computer science at the University of Toronto. “Dementia is…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 22nd Delay in dementia diagnosis puts older people's health at risk, warns study
    Many older people could be at an increased risk of engaging in potentially unsafe activities due to lack of dementia diagnosis, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. People…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 22nd Cure for Alzheimer’s as elusive as Big Foot
    More than five million Americans age 65 and older suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke. That number is expected to double for every 5-year interval beyond age…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday June 22nd 10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer's and Dementia
    In honor of National Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, Senior Helpers®, one of the nation's premier providers of personalized in-home senior care, today shared 10 telltale signs a loved one may be living with Alzheimer's…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday June 21st Drug freezes dementia in its tracks:'Breakthrough' discovery can stop memory los
    A DRUG with the potential to slow Alzheimer’s so effectively sufferers never experience memory loss has been hailed as a “breakthrough”. Scientists hope the pioneering therapy, which is in final stage trials, will be made…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday June 21st Challenges of building a dementia-friendly Singapore
    Faced with an ageing population, the Republic is taking on initiatives that help generate awareness about the condition and foster acceptance so that patients can continue to live within the community. The Republic is facing…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday June 21st The Two Ronnies and other old faves used to fight dementia
    They are the classic TV series that roll back the decades for millions of us, immediately bringing to mind a host of vivid memories. And now the BBC has found a remarkable way to harness…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday June 21st Walking down stairs could help prevent dementia
    We're pretty familiar with the notion that exercise is good for our health. But new WA research suggests that something as simple as encouraging the elderly to walk down a flight of stairs could help…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday June 21st Brothers combine to create pioneering app designed to help dementia sufferers
    TWO brothers have got together to create a pioneering app designed to help dementia sufferers. Max and Jake Bussell, of Crouch Meadow, in Hullbridge have joined forces to set up “Picture Guess - Cognitive Stimulation.”…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday June 20th Dogs improve quality of life for dementia patients: study
    A pilot study looking at the use of assistance dogs to help people living with dementia has shown some significant improvements in their quality of life. Preliminary findings of a study conducted by Dogs 4…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday June 20th Dementia supplements ‘not backed up by evidence,’ claim experts
    Panel finds ‘no robust evidence’ linking ingredients such as Ginkgo Biloba, Vitamin B and D and fish oil to preventing or reducing risk Claims used to promote some supplements for preventing dementia or aiding brain…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday June 20th With dementia, cognitive tests may not predict safe driving
    There is no test that can predict if a person with dementia is safe to drive, a new report suggests. Tests that look at many cognitive skills instead of just one may be most helpful,…
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.

Dementia Care Competency and Training Network Newsletters