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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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June – July 2016

20th Anniversary HammondCare International Dementia Conference ‘Grand Designs’ @ Hilton Sydney
June 16, 2016 @ 9:00 am – June 17, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
20th Anniversary HammondCare International Dementia Conference ‘Grand Designs’ @ Hilton Sydney
Our 2016 conference will mark 20 years of bringing together colleagues from around the globe to share learning and inspire change in the world [...]
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 @ [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday May 24th Good news about Alzheimer's
    Dementia. Memory loss. Can’t think like we used to. You know the drill. It seems like every time you read something about aging, the “A” word pops up: Alzheimer’s. And researchers are warning us over…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday May 24th Planning days out for people with dementia
    Bank holidays are often a chance for families to get together. When days out include older people, it may be that the planning needs to take into account an older person with dementia. Home care…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday May 24th Assistive technology helping people with dementia
    New technology is helping people with dementia stay in their own homes for longer, and giving families the peace of mind that their loved ones are safe. So called 'assistive technology,' which can help with…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday May 24th Flu vaccination associated with lower dementia risk in patients with heart failu
    Influenza vaccination is associated with a lower risk of dementia in patients with heart failure, according to a study in more than 20 000 patients presented today at Heart Failure 2016 and the 3rd World…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 23rd Cardiff University dementia genes study breakthrough hope
    Scientists in Cardiff say they are on the verge of an "enormously exciting" breakthrough in understanding the causes of Alzheimer's disease. Their study will suggest the body's own immune system could be attacking brain cells…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 23rd Finding Ways to Prevent Dementia Later in Life
    As the population ages one of the biggest concerns for people is developing various forms of dementia. What can be do to help these patients is the topic of much debate. David S. Knopman, MD,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 23rd Coprophagia linked to neurodegenerative dementia
    Coprophagia, eating one's feces, is common in animals but rarely seen in humans. Mayo Clinic researchers reviewed the cases of a dozen adult patients diagnosed with coprophagia over the past 20 years and found that…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 23rd Study finds curry each week can stave off dementia
    EATING curry at least once a week may help ward off dementia, according to new research. The study shows that a spicy ingredient in the dish boosts brain power and protects against memory loss in…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 23rd Wanstead’s musical memories group helps dementia sufferers
    In the common room of a day centre, a group of people are dancing and singing to the music of guitarist Glenn Bassett, playing ballads of the 1930s to the rock’n roll of the 1950s…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 23rd Dementia-friendly BBC tools help trigger memories
    The broadcaster has decided to use its archived content to help trigger memories and conversations in people with dementia. The BBC Reminiscence Archive (BBC RemArc) features video clips, audio clips and images selected from the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 23rd Blood flow speed in artery linked to dementia
    The velocity of blood flowing through a person’s carotid artery can serve as an indicator to determine whether the person is under risk of developing dementia, according to a study conducted by a research team…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 19th Launch of dementia cards to improve diagnosis in Northumberland
    A new, credit card-sized information leaflet for patients with dementia and their carers has been launched to mark Dementia Awareness Week. As of March this year, there were 2,989 people diagnosed with dementia in Northumberland.…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 19th Video game helping scientists detect dementia
    Imagine playing a video game and at the same time contributing to scientific research. One of the world’s largest telecommunication companies, Deutsche Telekom, is making it a reality with a game, called Sea Hero Quest,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 19th Physical fitness may offer protection from Alzheimer's disease, other dementias
    Recent research suggests that exercise might provide some measure of protection from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. A group of researchers led by Nathan Johnson PT, DPT, PhD of the University of Kentucky College of…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 19th Guide offers blueprint for dementia friendly performances
    Two years after hosting its first dementia friendly performance, West Yorkshire Playhouse has released a best-practice guide to putting on similar shows. A new guide to staging dementia friendly performances has been launched by West…
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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