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IMPORTANT! Site closure effective Friday, June 26, 2020

We wish to advise you that the dementia online courses that currently reside within the Dementia Care Competency and Training Network will soon be transitioning to the My Health Learning (MHL) platform, operated by the Health and Education Training Institute (HETI). This move is to ensure a sustainable future for the delivery of the Network’s training modules to NSW Health staff.

Please note the Dementia Care Competency & Training Network website, help desk, and Facebook page will cease as of Friday, 26 June 2020.

If you do not work within NSW Health, the Ministry of Health recommends that free and suitable training is available through Dementia Training Australia (DTA) and the University of Tasmania delivers an ‘Understanding Dementia’ course. 

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  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday June 2nd New tool measures quality of life in people with dementia
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  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 28th The Person Behind the Mask
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  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 27th How flashing lights could treat Alzheimer’s disease
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  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday May 19th I Have Mid-stage Dementia. Here's What I Truly Need.
    Christine Bryden, Senior Executive to Australia's Prime Minister & mother of 3, got dementia at 46. She then married, published books & became a grandma. Six years after diagnosis, hear her feelings & helpful advice.…
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    Today we’re launching our Dementia Attitudes Monitor Report – an in-depth analysis of the UK’s attitudes towards dementia and research. Improving understanding and shaping attitudes towards dementia is crucial if we are to make breakthroughs…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 13th Visual Impairment Tied to Increased Dementia Risk in Older Women
    Older women with objective visual impairment are likely to develop dementia or mild cognitive impairment, a secondary analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) suggests. Researchers examined data on 1,061 women enrolled in…
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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.

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