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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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April – July 2017

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 [...]
NSW Southern Dementia Network 2017 Symposium – Dementia: Rethink, Review and Renew @ The Auditorium, Bateman’s Bay RSL Soldiers Club
May 12, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 4:45 pm
NSW Southern Dementia Network 2017 Symposium – Dementia: Rethink, Review and Renew @ The Auditorium, Bateman’s Bay RSL Soldiers Club | Batemans Bay | New South Wales | Australia
An exciting one-day event focusing on rethinking, reviewing and renewing our approach to dementia. This is a great opportunity for healthcare professionals in Southern NSW [...]
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 [...]

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  • Kathy de Souza on Monday April 24th Microvascular Endothelial Dysfunction Can Predict Dementia
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  • Kathy de Souza on Monday April 24th Seniors on anti-dementia programme show improvement
    Singapore's first community-based dementia prevention programme (DPP) has reported improvements in seniors' social connectedness and life satisfaction. Piloted in Queenstown and Eunos last year, it also saw a decrease in anxiety and depressive symptoms after…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday April 24th Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: Seven ways to tell the conditions apart
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  • Kathy de Souza on Monday April 24th Fundraising to start for dementia village feasibility study in Victoria
    An Australian-based dementia village has been the talk of the town in Heathcote, central Victoria, for the past three years: now those plans are gaining nation­al momentum, with a fundraising campaign for a feasibility study…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday April 20th Researcher hones in on plaque-causing protein in ALS and dementia
    In a recent paper published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry Yuna Ayala, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Saint Louis University, and her research team made advances in understanding how a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday April 20th Virtual dementia support group tested in Wellington County
    Video conferencing technology is bridging the gap between rural families who are caring for someone with dementia and support services that are located in larger urban centres. Since January the Alzheimer's Society of Waterloo Wellington…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday April 20th Putting the pieces together for people with dementia
    Just as a quilt has many pieces, Robin Dill knows firsthand that caring for a person with dementia also has many parts. And she believes each piece plays an important part in helping those with…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday April 20th Japan tackle issue of 5 million dementia sufferers
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  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday April 20th Living with dementia
    About two years ago when Carol Reynolds was 71, her daughter-in-law in Regina wrote a letter to Reynolds’ doctor in Nelson. But she didn’t send the letter to the doctor. She sent it to Reynolds.…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday April 20th The healing powers of champagne revealed
    Champagne contains a number of ingredients that can boost our memory, immune system and heart health, a top nutritionist has revealed JUST in case you need a legit excuse to pop open a bottle of…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday April 20th World Alzheimer's Day address to the National Press Club
    The National Press Club address for World Alzheimer's Day, 21 September 2016, was given by Dr Ron Petersen and Ita Buttrose AO OBE. Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rekhjWesZ5U&feature=player_embedded
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday April 19th Scientists find link between dementia and air pollution
    Research led by the University of Southern California (USC) has found that air pollution increases the chance of elderly women developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The study suggests that older women who breathe particles from…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday April 19th Predicting Risk of Cognitive Decline in Very Old Adults Using Three Models
    Objectives: To examine the Framingham Stroke Risk Profile (FSRP); the Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging, and Incidence of Dementia (CAIDE) risk score, and oxi-inflammatory load (cumulative risk score of three blood biomarkers—homocysteine, interleukin-6, C-reactive protein) for…
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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