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NSW Health Dementia Competency Framework
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NSW health Dementia Care Competency Framework

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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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November 2016 – April 2017

9th Global Neuroscience Conference @ TBA
November 21, 2016 – November 23, 2016 all-day
9th Global Neuroscience Conference @ TBA | Victoria | Australia
9th Global Neuroscience Conference, will be organized around the theme “Neuroscience Across the Lifespan, Amelioration of Neuroscience” Neuroscience 2016 is comprised of 20 tracks and [...]
Webinar: Behaviours @ Online
November 30, 2016 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Webinar: Behaviours @ Online
BEHAVIOURS: To provide carers with an understanding of the factors contributing to changes and how to respond to these changes in the behaviour of the [...]
32nd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International @ Kyoto International Conference Centre
April 26, 2017 @ 8:30 am – April 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
32nd International Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International @ Kyoto International Conference Centre | Kyoto | Kyoto Prefecture | Japan
Dementia: Together towards a new era The annual conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) continues to evolve and now attracts thousands of people with an [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Bronwyn Arthur on Thursday October 27th Finding unexpected gifts deep in a crisis
    A sad but lovely story about Martha, written by her husband ... Martha who became an artist for a short period once diagnosed with dementia .. Excerpt from the blog ... Eighteen months earlier, Martha…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 27th Elderly may face increased dementia risk after a disaster
    Elderly people who were uprooted from damaged or destroyed homes and who lost touch with their neighbors after the 2011 tsunami in Japan were more likely to experience increased symptoms of dementia than those who…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 27th Ounce of Prevention | Dementia and brain shrinkage
    An epidemic is looming of a condition called dementia in which there is a pathological decline in mental function. Researchers estimate that the number of people suffering from it worldwide will double within the next…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 27th New Diet Shows Benefits in Slowing Progression of Dementia, Alzheimer's
    With an aging population dementia and Alzheimer's Disease are becoming growing problems in the medical community. Recent research has shown benefits of diet slowing the progression of these conditions. Read More and Watch the Video:…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 27th Exercise IS good for your brain
    Keeping active can help keep pensioners healthy, but new research shows that building up muscles can boost brain power as well. Researchers in Australia found that increased muscle strength can lead to improved brain function…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 27th ‘Our grandparents’ dementia didn’t matter to us as children’
    A disproportionate emphasis on cognitive function robs our ethical system of a basic equality As a child I was fortunate to experience a wide range of older people. That all four grandparents had dementia mattered…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday October 27th Is gum disease linked to cancer, dementia?
    The role of gums in overall health is yet to be determined; it could be that periodontitis exacerbates other diseases, or it might be a symptom of other conditions There’s a host of researchers peering…
  • Jacqui Riding on Thursday October 27th Experimental new drug shows promise in treating Alzheimer’s
    A new study is showing very promising results in the treatment of the progressive mental deterioration condition known as Alzheimer’s disease. An experimental new drug appears to work against the degeneration of the mind by…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday October 26th Are YOU worried about dementia? Revealed, 6 proven ways to prevent memory loss
    Dementia plagues many lives, leaving people desperate to avoid the same fate as their beloved sufferers. Scientists have spent many years trying to provide hope for millions of people - and they have had some…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday October 26th Toxic smoke, breast cancer, dementia risk
    After a smoker quits, toxins in home linger Houses where smokers have lived remain polluted for at least six months after the smoker has quit and may continue to pose a threat to nonsmokers who…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday October 26th Telemedicine Speech Therapy Helps People with Dementia
    Profound new research shows that online speech therapy can help people with dementia significantly improve their ability to recall words they had “lost.” The Northwestern Medicine study found that the online therapy helped one woman…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday October 26th Inside the local dementia home in UK top five list
    A care home for people with dementia in Jersey has been nominated for a prestigious award and they say they're 'thrilled'. Beaumont Villa in St Peter has made the final five for a national award.…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday October 26th Gamification of dementia research
    Think of it as mindful video gaming. Biomedical engineers at Cornell University are trying to understand the association between reduced blood flow in the brain and dementia. They developed new imaging techniques to study blood…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday October 26th Study harnesses healing power of horses for dementia patients
    A groundbreaking program that has helped people with dementia by having them interact with horses will launch at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine at the end of this month after a test run…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday October 25th Early-onset dementia: ‘Life doesn’t end when dementia begins’
    Kathy Ryan: “A big gaping hole of nothingness” stared back at Kathy Ryan when she was first diagnosed with early-onset dementia at 53 years old. Kathy, who has two sons in their early 20s, says…
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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