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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network Aug 12, 2014
Dementia Care Newsletter
Dear Jacqui

Can't believe we are already in August and only another four months until we hit 2015.

The team is still busy working on the next module specifically caring for Aboriginal people with dementia and it's close to completion.  We will be looking for students to take part in our pilot group to test it for us - contact us via the support email. For those not wanting to take part in the pilot group but would like to do the course when it is released drop us a line if you are interested.

ATTENTION FACILITATORS: Are you making use of the facilitators only forum? These links are located in Facilitator Tearoom under the "Discussion" tab. In addition to this we have our first Facilitator online chat scheduled for September, so mark this in your calendar and don't miss this special activity.  

Remember - 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. 

You don't have to be great to start,
but you have to start to be great.
Zig Ziglar
Facilitator Training
Next facilitator training days:

Aug 27 @ Moruya
Sept 11 @ Tweed

Our waiting list continues to grow so if you haven't taken the plunge to become a facilitator look out for our training days.  Even if you have been trained in the past and haven't facilitated a group for a while - do you need a refresher? Come back to one of our facilitator training days.

Another option is we can arrange for you to join up with an experienced facilitator to assist you with your first group. Remember we have lots of students waiting to start a course but need a facilitator to take them through...

Did you know?
Hot Topic Instructional Videos: Gradebook
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.

A new Hot Topic will be posted by one of our Dementia Experts every month.  August's Hot Topic is: Subjective experiences of persons with dementia. 

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 
Don't forget that our online manuals contain lots of step-by-step instructions and a lot of subjects have video examples.

As a student have you checked your Gradebook as you are progressing through the course? This is a good place to see if you have missed something or if an activity hasn't been graded.  It also gives you the option to redo a lesson if you didn't reach the 100% mark.

Remember BEFORE printing off your certificate you should check your gradebook to make sure all your chats and forums have been graded by your facilitator.

Link: Gradebook

Just for facilitators....
Home Instead Senior Care
If you haven't logged into the Facilitator Tearoom to check out the forum posts, you are missing out!  The tearoom link is visible to facilitators only from the "Discussion" tab on our site.

Online Chat
Mark this date in your calendar - September 9, 3:30 - 4:30pm.  There will be a facilitator online chat at this time. Don't miss out!  The chat link is inside the Facilitator Tearoom.
A free online course for carers and family members. This course will give you basic information about Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. More importantly, you will gain valuable insight for providing better care for a loved one with these conditions. At the end of the course you will be equipped with several techniques to help improve both your and your loved one's quality of life. Each class can be completed within 5-15 minutes. No preregistration required. Provided by Home Instead Senior Care.  
Upcoming Forums and Conferences
Our team will either be presenting or have a poster presentation at the following forums and conferences.  Make sure if you are there, come and say hello.
Clinical Competency Assessments
The web team is currently developing a new online method for clinicians to evaluate and establish clinical dementia care competencies that will inform clinicians regarding their education and career pathways in delivering specialist dementia care.

This exciting new initiative will deliver a means for clinicians to assess their dementia clinical competency from essential, enhanced and expert levels of service delivery.

The new functionality will for the first time, provide a highly accessible assessment of clinical competency married with a dementia training program. Health Managers will also be able to assess and monitor the dementia competency of their workforce, improving clinical outcomes and ensuring long term benefits for people living with dementia.


The program will leverage the recently completed cross-setting, inter-disciplinary Dementia Care Competency Framework, developed by NSW Health, The University of Wollongong and Dementia Collaborative Research Centres to deliver best practice competency-based training and assessment for clinicians working in the specialty of dementia.

Clinicians are increasingly seeking access to skilled mentors to provide professional support in clinical practice. The new online competency assessment method will also facilitate a structured mentoring process where the focus is on planned goals, expectations and improving clinical competencies.

Online Clinical Competencies will be piloted later this year and made available to all members soon after.
CHOPS launch at Lismore Hospital....
Lismore Base Hospital is one of the first in NSW to launch the new Confused Hospitalised Older Persons (CHOPs) program to improve care for older people with dementia and delirium.

The CHOPs program equips staff with the resources they need to improve the identification and management of patients with dementia or delirium in hospital.

For more information visit the CHOPs website or contact Anthea Temple on email: anthea.temple@aci.health.nsw.gov.au.

Facilitator Refresher Day at University of NSW
The DementiaCare team recently held a facilitator refresher day at the University of NSW in Randwick. Those who attended were able to ask questions of the team about facilitating and also got a sneak peek at the competencies that will soon be hosted on the DementiaCare site.

The day was very productive and as a result of feedback received we will be having regular facilitator online chats throughout the year starting 9 September at 1530 - 1630. Facilitators can come and go as able during this hour of chatting, the whole DementiaCare team will be available - so bring your questions both clinical and technical to the team, alternatively if you would like add your topic for discussion in the forum in the facilitator tea room.

We would like to hold future facilitator refresher days - if you think you would like to attend one of these drop us an email via the support mail and tell us the month that would best suit you - we will then work on dates for 2015.

One of our own gets Employee of the Year in Broken Hill....
My name is Greg McCoy and I would like to share with you my road to Dementia Care work and my love for assisting those afflicted.

My role as a dementia care worker is to somehow build a bond between myself and the family members, by showing with my daily interactions with their loved one, that I will offer them my heart and soul, my support and my commitment to making their family member feel special every time I interact with them.

I have been fortunate enough to recently be awarded the ‘Employee of the Year 2014’  for Southern Cross Care Broken Hill, and this has given me the confidence and drive to know that my approach, my passion and my personality has been seen by both staff and family members as being beneficial to supporting quality initiatives for those that we care for.

Poem in remembrance of Bob and Elaine...
Deadly Fact (Alzheimer's) couple1.jpg

Honey, some people do not realise
Our marriage has a big surprise
A thief has entered into our lives
Unfolding slowly will it ever materialise

We are not what we were
It’s like a blister or a burr
Irritating but a fact we know
Hoping that it will heal and go

We had an ideology
Old age would be safe and well
But the thief had sneaked in
And is making our life hell

The invader was very quiet
Not a single word was said
Silently mysteriously unknowingly
The bastard settled in your head

One thing we know, was heaven made
Our love will never be in the shade
If ever we had the chance to do it again
We’d still share the love without the pain

We know we’ll ride this one out
Love’s in our hearts and all about
Life’s a challenge without much give
With peace, love and innocence
Awareness, awakening and realisation
Somehow we know we’ll always forgive.

Bob Brennan 17/7/2008 (submitted by Anne Spicer with permission from the Brennan family)

All courses to be completed by December 21, 2014
Students will need to ensure they have completed their course and certificates issued prior to this date.  There will be no option for students to transfer completed work to another course in 2015. 

This will mean students not completing prior to the closing date in December will have to re-enrol in a new course when one becomes available in 2015.

Facilitators will need to ensure all grading has been completed prior to this date to ensure students can access their certificates.
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