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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network Dec, 2011
Dementia Care Newsletter
Dementia Care Resource and Training Newsletter

Dear %%First Name%%
Welcome to our first newsletter aimed at keeping you up-to-date with the upcoming changes of our new site.

Congratulations to our students on your recent completion of the Positive Approach to the Care of the Older Person - Dementia eLearning program. We hope that you have enjoyed the learning experience and will be able to apply your new knowledge to the clinical setting in which you work.

Thank you to everyone for your commitment to dementia care, your contribution makes a difference to our communities. We hope that you will be able to translate this learning into your workplace and influence positive change in the outcomes for people with dementia.

Working behind the scenes on this program is a dedicated team of staff
who are constantly striving to improve the content and delivery of the

Recently you would have received a survey asking you for feedback so
we could gain insight into how you feel about the current course. The
only way to make improvements is through constructive feedback. To
date 63% of students have been able to complete the survey along with
80% of facilitators submitting their thoughts. If you haven’t completed
your survey, please do so as we would love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you to those that were able to complete this survey and we will be
collating the information in January.

What's Happening Behind the Scenes

The current Dementia eLearning program will be closing down until
the launch of the new site. It is anticipated that this launch date
will be April 16-17, 2012.

Anne Moehead, is not only the Project Lead, but also the motivating force behind the Dementia eLearning program. Anne is a very experienced Nurse Practitioner with many years of experience in aged care and a superior knowledge in this ever growing topic of dementia. Her commitment and dedication is an inspiration to all who meet her and the powerhouse behind the team.

Kathy De Souza, Clinical Project Officer, is busily updating all the references and making huge changes to the course content. The aim is to have all information within the course to be the most recent and applicable to dementia.

Pauline Henderson, Clinical Project Officer, is reviewing information on BPSD and a new module will be created to complement our current content. It is envisaged that this will be a 4- week course.

The IT team consists of Michael Moriarty (Manager), along
with two Project Officers Jai Lamerton and Jacqui Riding. They are all busy creating an eye catching and interactive site which will contain the
eLearning program and other portals of information that will be easily accessible to all.

Watch out for our next newsletter early in 2012 for some more
exciting news. Keep safe over the holiday period.

Did You Know...
  • In a recent Australian trial involving people over 50, a 6 month program of physical activity resulted in improved memory and thinking, even 18 months later.
  • Each week, there are 1,500 new cases of dementia in Australia. That is expected to grow to 7,400 new cases each week by 2050.

New App :: BrainyApp
Brainy App

BrainyApp was developed by Alzheimer's Australia and Bupa Health Foundation to raise awareness of the risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and ther types of dementia, and to help you live a brain healthy life.

Use the BrainyApp Survey to find out how brain healthy you are and complete the Activities to watch your brain health score rise. BrainyApp is currently available for iPhone and iPad for FREE from Alzheimer's Australia.

They are hoping to release an Android version in early 2012.


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