Our Partners

Over the years, our partners have played a vital role advocating and championing a person centred care ethic. This has been achieved through the education of participants undertaking the online courses. They have supported and maintained this through: research, provision of material on which courses are based and through feedback . The Dementia Care Competency and Training Network Team acknowledge and thank all of our partners for their ongoing dedication, support and commitment.

Our list of partners include (in alphabetical order):

Aged Care Online Learning – LGBTI Training

This resource is an accompaniment to face to face training that has been funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, through the National LGBTI Health Alliance and is being delivered by state partners across Australia.

This online module has been developed and delivered by ACON. The aim of the national training initiative is to better meet the needs of LGBTI seniors by supporting the aged care sector workforce to become more knowledgeable in providing inclusive health and support services. This program is an introduction into LGBTI ageing needs and inclusive practice.

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Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI)

The Agency for Clinical Innovation works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW. ACI does this by:

  • Service redesign and evaluation
  • Specialist advice on healthcare innovation
  • Initiatives including Guidelines and Models of Care
  • Implementation support
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Continuous capability building

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Australasian Delirium Association (ADA)

The Australasian Delirium Association (ADA) is committed to advancing research and knowledge about delirium. Our purpose is to improve the care, health and outcomes of people at risk of, with, or recovering from delirium. We aim to promote better understanding of delirium through leadership, education, support, resources, research and partnerships.

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Australian College of Nursing

The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) began operations on 1 July 2012 and builds on the strength of its two predecessor organisations Royal College of Nursing, Australia and The College of Nursing; both of whom have represented the nursing profession since 1949.

ACN is a key national professional nursing organisation with a focus on nursing leadership and is open to nurses in all settings and at every stage of their career. We are also an authorised higher education provider and registered training organisation and the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses.

Our 12-week course “Positive Approach to the Care of the Older Person with Dementia” has been endorsed by ACN.

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Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care – Caring for Cognitive Impairment

Caring for Cognitive Impairment – Commit to high quality care for people with cognitive impairment in hospital, including the prevention, recognition and treatment of delirium.

Cognitive impairment including delirium or dementia are common among older people admitted to hospital but are frequently missed or misdiagnosed increasing their risk of harm. Delirium can be prevented with the right care and harm minimised if cognitive impairment is identified and acted on early. Commit to caring for cognitive impairment and also learn how to prepare for the new cognitive impairment actions in the revised National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. We can all make a difference.

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Australian Primary Nursing Association

Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) is the peak professional body for nurses working in primary health care. APNA champions the role of primary health care nurses; to advance professional recognition, ensure workforce sustainability, nurture leadership in health, and optimise the role of nurses in patient-centred care.

APNA is bold, vibrant and future-focused. We reflect the views of our membership and the broader profession by bringing together nurses from across Australia to represent, advocate, promote and celebrate the achievements of nurses in primary health care.

APNA represents a significant and rapidly expanding workforce; primary health care nurses account for around one in eight of the 640,000 registered health professionals in Australia.

Our 6-week course “Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia” has been endorsed by APNA according to approved quality standards criteria.

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Confused Hospitalised Older Persons (CHOPS)

CHOPs aims to improve the experiences and outcomes of confused older people in hospital. This will be achieved by developing and implementing key principles of care.

Using specific strategies, CHOPs will:

  • Design and prioritise principles of best-practice care for confused older people in hospital.
  • Enable phased implementation – tailored to the needs of the patient, their carers and families, and the staff and the hospital.
  • Identify ways to improve processes, share lessons and drive sustainability for the care of confused older people in hospital.

The Aged Health Network at the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) is leading this work, which is now funded as part of the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre. This work also seeks to:

  • Ensure confusion is identified, investigated, treated and appropriately managed.
  • Support hospitals to provide safe and supportive environments.
  • Ensure older people are cared for by staff that have the right knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Promote partnership with carers and person-centred care as a key aspect of quality care.
  • Put strategies and clear leadership roles in place to deliver efficient and effective care for confused older people in hospital.

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Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC)

The DCRCs priority is meaningful dementia research: the evidence platform for good practice and best policy for a healthy Australia. The Dementia Collaborative Research Centres are a network of teams across three research centres – sharing expertise by collaborating between centres and with other stakeholders in dementia research. The collaborative emphasis ensures highest quality science, and a commitment to put research findings into practice (Knowledge Translation).

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International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA)

For more than 30 years, the International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) has symbolised the full spectrum of geriatric mental health.

  • IPA is a diverse mental health care team – physicians (psychiatrists, neurologists, geriatricians, primary care, etc.), psychologists, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers, scientists, epidemiologists and many others.
  • IPA is a worldwide community of professionals from over 50 countries gathering together with different policies and practices all seeking to share and learn from one another.
  • IPA is helping older people with all mental health issues whether this means enjoying healthy ageing or coping with illness.

IPA represents a commitment to serving the broad spectrum of issues, perspectives, opportunities and challenges of geriatric mental health around the world.  Fundamental to IPA is a spirit of connectioncollaboration and community.  IPA facilitates professionals connecting and collaborating — interacting and working together in the IPA community on research, practices of care and in general, improving the mental health for all older people around the world.  Not only does IPA foster this spirit of community within IPA, but we also seek to work with other organizations that share our commitment, such as those in the IPA Affiliate program, the World Health Organization, United Nations, the World Psychiatric Association, Alzheimer’s Disease International, and many more.

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