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
An Introduction to our website
View an overview of the website

July – October 2017

North Coast Aged Care Symposium – Ageing with Mental Health: What am I looking at? @ Ballina RSL Club
July 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am – July 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
North Coast Aged Care Symposium - Ageing with Mental Health: What am I looking at? @ Ballina RSL Club | Ballina | New South Wales | Australia
NORTH COAST AGED CARE SYMPOSIUM Ageing with Mental Health: What am I looking at? Thursday 20th & Friday 21st July 2017 Tea, Coffee and Lunch [...]
Dementia and Recreation National Conference @ Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne
August 16, 2017 @ 9:00 am – August 17, 2017 @ 3:30 pm
Dementia and Recreation National Conference @ Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne | Caulfield East | Victoria | Australia
The annual D+R National Conference is the major National Conference for Recreation, Lifestyle, Allied Health, Nursing Professionals & Managers working in residential, community, home or other healthcare settings.  Conference [...]
RED Conference – A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care @ Glasshouse
October 11, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
RED Conference - A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care @ Glasshouse | Port Macquarie | New South Wales | Australia
What is The RED Conference all about The RED Conference, A Regional Experience in Practical Dementia Care has been designed to provide a regional perspective [...]

Meet A Few of Our Course Facilitators

Living with Dementia
Kate Swaffer
Read Kate's Blog

Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
    June 15 marks the annual, internationally recognised World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). WEAAD encourages community participation on a broad scale to draw attention to elder abuse. What can you do to support WEAAD? TEA…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th Dementia now second only to poverty on the worry list
    Developing dementia is second only to poverty in terms of what people are most concerned about for their later life, a study by Age Scotland has shown. The YouGov survey ahead of Dementia Awareness Week,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th Irregular Heartbeat Could Be An Indication of Dementia
    While dementia is now fast emerging to be more common among old people in the United States, medical experts from the University of Alabama in Birmingham have associated psychological decline with unsteady heartbeat, where people…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th Normal aging vs. dementia
    Most of us who reach the age of 65 begin to have some worries about our memory. Almost 40 per cent of people over the age of 65 experience some form of memory loss. Things…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th Defying Dementia
    World Health Organisation statistics show that between 5% and 8% of adults suffer from a form of dementia, and the global population is aging rapidly. But we hardly ever talk about it. Can dementia be…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th Video Games Can Keep Away Dementia And Can Boost Memory In Elderly People
    Video games are the best source of entertainment. Nowadays, the popularity of playing video games have been increasing rapidly among kids. However, the study indicates that not only for kids but playing video games can…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th THE 70TH WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY 2017
    Health throughout the Life-course at WHA70 “The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th 10 Tips for Communicating with an Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
    Ever feel like you just weren’t getting through or able to deal effectively with a person living with Alzheimer's or a related dementia? Try some of these tips to see if they help. Read More:…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday May 29th $250,000 Dementia Care project launched in Tasmania
    A new $250,000 dementia research and demonstration project that aims to improve dementia care for sufferers living in aged care facilities was launched in Tasmania last week. The Improving Dementia Care Project is collaboration between…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday May 26th In MS, Anxiety, Cognitive Fatigue May Affect Visual Memory
    Anxiety and severe cognitive fatigue may contribute to problems with visual learning in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to research presented at the 2017 Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Annual Meeting, May 24-27 in…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday May 26th Music Program Unlocks Memories in Those Suffering Dementia
    People who are nonverbal, start verbalizing. People who are not able to move, start toe tapping, dancing to the rhythm. So in a nutshell … they come to life. – Krystal Martin Print this story…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday May 26th Dual Gait Analysis Can Aid Early Diagnosis of Dementia
    A new approach that assesses ambulation while performing a cognitively demanding task is an effective predictor of progression to dementia. In a new study, researchers at Canada’s Lawson Health Research Institute and Western University discovered…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday May 26th Sleeping Too Much And Not Finishing High School Linked To 600 Percent Increase
    Sleeping more than nine hours a night and not finishing high school are two major signs to look for when it comes to determining dementia risk in senior citizens, according to a new study. Researchers…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday May 26th Windows create a new world for residents with dementia
    Dutch designers have developed interactive art screens to help nursing home residents reconnect in a more meaningful way with family, caregivers and the outside world. VENSTER, which means “window” in Dutch, consists of two large…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 25th Eating chocolate reduces risks of stroke, dementia, heart failure
    A new study claims chocolate can reduce the risk of a dangerous heart rhythm that can lead to major health issues such as stroke, dementia and heart failure. The Los Angeles Times reports the study…
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