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NSW Health Dementia Competency Framework
Developed for a wide range of practitioners delivering
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

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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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September – October 2017

Making a Difference in Dementia Care @ Blacktown Workers Club
September 28, 2017 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Making a Difference in Dementia Care @ Blacktown Workers Club  | Blacktown | New South Wales | Australia
Western Sydney Dementia Strategy Implementation Group presents a showcase of best practice and innovation in Dementia care including: Dr Helen Creasey: “latest research and best practice” [...]
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 [...]

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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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