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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network January 15, 2014
Dementia Care Newsletter
Welcome to 2014
Dear Jacqui

Welcome to the first 2014 edition of the DementiaCare newsletter. Newsletters will be published on a quarterly basis to advise you of what's been happening with our site, future events, and encourage you to visit our site for up-to-date news via our Dementia Care in Action forum.


Any feedback on courses undertaken, items of interest, publications that you have found useful or problems that you may have encountered are most welcome.

Have you a story to tell, like to write poetry or perhaps photos of your group that could be featured in our newsletter and website? Then don't be shy, contact us as we would love to hear from you. 

Please forward your submissions directly to the DementiaCare support email Support.DementiaCare@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au. 

We learn something from everyone who passes through our lives.. 
Some lessons are painful, some are painless..
but, all are priceless.”
Facilitator Training
Do you have dementia experts in your area who would like to become facilitators for our course? Can you organise the room, computers and internet access? Then contact us and we may be able to come to you for free!

Next facilitator training day:

April 29 @ Bateau Bay
April 30 @ Sutherland

Past students - have you thought of taking up the facilitator role? It's rewarding and you will get to be part of helping others learn more about person centred care. Attend our free training day and you will be on your way.

We can also buddy you up with an experienced facilitator to help you along. Contact us for more information. 

Did you know?
Hot Topic Instructional Videos
Don't forget our Dementia Care in Action forum. Everyone is able to access this forum.  You can access the forum via the discussion tab on the website.

Commencing in February a new Hot Topic will be posted by one of our Dementia Experts every month. You can also review archived topics by searching in the forum search field. Some past topics included: 
  • End of life care
  • Pain and the Confused Older Person
  • Importance of Sleep
  • Dementia, Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Disability 
Unsure how to do something in the course or on our site? We are continually adding instructional videos to complement our written instructions for our online manual.  If there is a subject that you would like us to create a video, drop us a line.

Facilitators who attended our Refresher Day in Sydney loved the new videos and found them very helpful.

For facilitators there is a page within their manual listing all the available instructional videos.  The link is found on the top left hand side menu of the facilitator online manual.
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The Life of Byron Resources
Did you miss the forum post for this? 

A digital stories project. Not dementia stories but some great life stories from our elders. Michael Moriarty, from our team, was involved in the creation of these wonderful and very emotional videos.

Don't forget the wealth of information via our Resources tab. All information our courses have been based on can be found in our repository along with a plethora of other articles and links.  Did you see the new videos issued by Alzheimer's Australia - "You Are Not Alone, Discussing Dementia"? 
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Courses commencing in 2014
Facilitators and students are waiting eagerly to commence the first round of courses.  Courses will commence on February 3 and invitations to enrol will be sent out shortly to students who have applied.

We also have a huge waiting list so any facilitators who wish to take on additional students please contact Kathy De Souza via email on kathryn.desouza@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au.  An advantage of taking on students out of your area is they share new experiences/problems that may not be occuring in your LHD enhancing your group's learning experience.

There is a limit to the number of extensions that can be granted for each course and as a result the terms and conditions are being revised to reflect this. 

Facilitators please remember to use the online enrolment instructions when emailing directions to your students. These are available from the Facilitator's online manual under the heading "Templates".  
Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia
bpsd.png Late in 2013 a group of dedicated facilitators undertook the role of student to pilot our new course.  Many thanks to you all for all your feedback to make this course ready for our students in February.
  • Bronwyn Arthur
  • Rosanne Badham
  • Elizabeth Brandis
  • Elizabeth Flack
  • Jamie Gills
  • Julia Hook
  • Ian Johnston
  • Gai McPherson
  • Vicki Morrison
  • Consuelo Palacios
  • Wade Penn
Thanks too to our team members who facilitated the new group: Anne Moehead and Kathy De Souza.
New course for 2014
atsi.png A new course will be available soon on our site.  Ian Johnston is busily tweaking a course specifically caring for Indigenous people with dementia.  A final review is being undertaken and then the course will be formatted for our DementiaCare site.  

Visit our site to keep informed of it's progress via the Dementia Care in Action forum. We envisage the course will be finalised in the next couple of months and then a pilot group will be required.  

If you are interested in taking part in the pilot group please email us via our support email Support.DementiaCare@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Acknowledgement: Traditional Bush Tucker Artwork was painted by Mrs Loraine Riley Oldham.  
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