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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

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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 – October 2017

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 [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Friday July 21st New study says PPIs do not cause dementia
    Several studies have reported associations between proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) use and dementia. New research published on July 18 in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), puts these claims to rest. The…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday July 21st Can Vitamin B12 Improve Memory for Alzheimer’s Disease Patients?
    Many people believe that memory function can be improved by increasing your levels of vitamin B12. Though there is evidence to suggest that people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are often deficient in…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday July 21st Study of coffee and dementia stirs worldwide interest
    Combine a product widely loved with a disease widely dreaded and what do you get? Widespread attention, a UWM researcher found. Ira Driscoll's study of a possible link between coffee and dementia, published on International…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday July 21st Blood Test for Alzheimer's Risk on the Horizon
    A blood test that correlates well with brain amyloid levels could soon be available and may provide a simple screen to identify individuals at high risk of developing the condition. Results from a new study…
  • Kathy de Souza on Friday July 21st One-Minute Speech Test May Flag Early Cognitive Impairment
    A simple 1-minute speech test could be an easy and effective screening tool to identify patients with early indications of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a new study suggests. Presented here at the Alzheimer's Association International…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 20th Brain scanning could improve dementia diagnosis
    Routine brain scanning could improve dementia diagnosis for two thirds of patients, ending years of misdiagnosis, a study has found. Currently the only way to determine whether Alzheimer’s is present is to look at the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 20th Middle-class dementia cases halt growth of longer life
    Increases in life expectancy are “grinding to a halt” as dementia deaths take their toll on the middle classes, an expert review has found. Life expectancy for men and women has risen steadily for a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 20th The leading cause of death for your age and gender
    Dementia has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death for those over 80, Public Health England said Dementia is now the leading cause of death among elderly men and women while suicide is…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday July 20th Living in wealthier suburbs 'cuts risk of dementia',
    Living in a poorer area significantly increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's while life in the suburbs can help protect you from the disease, scientists have found. Researchers believe air pollution, limited access to healthy…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday July 19th State’s first dementia village development planned for Derwent Park...
    HOBART will soon boast the state’s first purpose-built dementia village — a safe place where those with the disease can live in a “small town” complete with streets, a supermarket, cinema, cafe, beauty salon and…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday July 19th Being single may up dementia risk: study
    People who are single or widowed are at a greater risk of suffering from dementia as compared to those who are married, a study claims. Researchers from University College London in the UK reviewed 14…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday July 19th Why are African Americans more likely to develop Alzheimer's?
    Researchers know that African Americans are at a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than white Americans. But a new series of studies explores the reasons behind this, analyzing socioeconomic and psychological factors that…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday July 19th Brain Health in Older Age Linked to Geographic Location
    Cognitive function in later life is related to both the geographic area of birth and the neighborhood of current residency, new studies suggest. The two studies were both presented at here at the Alzheimer's Association…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday July 19th Deaths from dementia have increased but population have more years of good healt
    Since 2000, the population in England has been living longer and spending more years in good health, according to a new report[1] combining Public Health England data and knowledge on the health of the population…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday July 19th Pain-recognition app cleared for sale here and in Europe
    Pain-recognition app cleared for sale here and in Europe An Australian device to detect pain has been approved by authorities An Australian innovation using artificial intelligence to analyse facial expressions to determine pain has been…
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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