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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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August 2016

A Brain For Life @ University of Wollongong or Online Webinar
August 3, 2016 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
A Brain For Life @ University of Wollongong or Online Webinar
Dementia is the second killer of all Australians, and death is preceded by years of disability.  Imagine of you had a healthy brainspan lasting as [...]
Facilitator Training @ ACI Sage Building
August 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Facilitator Training @ ACI Sage Building | Chatswood | New South Wales | Australia
Do you have a passion for dementia? Are you are champion for dementia in your workplace? Do you have the time to facilitate in your [...]
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 [...]

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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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