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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network Spring 2012
Dementia Care Newsletter
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Welcome to our Spring issue. We hope you survived the winter chills and managed to steer clear of the cold and flu.

A lot has happened since our last issue and we are happy to report that we have successfully had two pilot groups through our Acute course and one is currently working their way through the community course. Thanks to the facilitators and students for their patience when any bugs were found (not too many) - your feedback was valuable and will make the course so much better for future participants. 

Congratulations too to the students who have completed the course.  We have listed your names on our site - see the link below.  If we have missed you just let us know and we will add you to the list.

Finished our course and want to do more? Our Acute course has now been approved by the University of Wollongong to receive RPLs. To apply for Advanced Standing read the article in our repository: "Application for Advanced Standing".

Quality Award

Our site has won a quality award for our Area and we have now been selected as a finalist in the Building the Health Workforce category for the 2012 NSW Health Awards. We are very proud of our site and the feedback we have received is awesome. The Awards' night is this Friday, 19 October so stay tuned...

Future Facilitator Training
November 19 - Broken Hill

Interested in joining us? 
Email: Kathyrn De Souza
Featured Resources

Social Care TV

What is the 3D quiz?

Social Care Institute for Excellence (UK) has given us permission to use one of their videos: "The Causes of Dementia" . Their website has 8 videos on dementia which you may like to review. http://www.scie.org.uk/socialcaretv/ Look for the topic on dementia.
Want to compare dementia, delirium and depression? This quiz is a good place to start. The PDF has the quiz at the front and the answers are at the back. 
Access this quiz via our repository - press the continue reading button to download the PDF.
This site has a lot of information that you will find helpful - have fun exploring their website.


Looking for a Factsheet?

NSW Dementia Export Forum
Our repository has a number of fact sheets for you to use. Just search for "fact sheet" in the search box on our site.
Didn't get to the forum in April 2012? Listen to the presentations or read the transcripts.  Information is available under the "Resources" tab on our site.
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New Poem

Poem: Living with Dementia
A lighthearted way from a child's perspective of what has happened to her Gran...

A poem about the struggle of having a parent with dementia...

Are you a facilitator and after some tips to assist you?
We will endeavour to list some great tips to help you facilitate your group in each of our newsletters. Here are a few and they will be listed in the facilitator's manual.  Tips will continue to be added to this area so keep an eye out for them.
  • Manually grading your chats? - Please remember not to do more than 10 students at a time or more than one column of information. The system doesn't like to update a large amount of information at once. Just press update after each column and continue onto the next. 
  • Advertise early to allow plenty of time for people to apply: gain management approval and submit application
  • Enrolment on site - Aim to have everyone enrolled on the site one week before the course is due to commence. That way if there are any latecomers or people having problems logging on you will have time to assist them beforehand.

Have you got a great tip too? Then share it with us by sending an email via our support line.

Dementia Awareness Week - September 21-28, 2012

Dementia Awareness Week (DAW) is the national centrepiece for Alzheimer’s Australia (AA) community awareness activities each year.  The aim of the public awareness campaign is to build on the theme of ‘Brain health - making the connections’ and reinforce the message around the new brain health message. The striking design will no doubt capture people’s attention, reshape their perceptions and encourage action! The call to action is: “Dementia Awareness Week: Connect the Dots”.


Congratulations to our newest Alumni members after successfully completing our course...

Thanks for all your hard work and dedication along the way. No doubt you have made some friends within your group and you can keep in contact with these and other Alumni members via the Alumni forums found under the "Discussion" tab on this site. Is your name on the Alumni list? - press the continue button below.

Continue to make a contribution to our Alumni site by keeping these forums active. Have you found a great website or article? Don't keep it to yourself - share it via our Alumni forums. There is also an option to subscribe to these forums so any new additions can be automatically sent to your email address.


Questionnaire for students and facilitators...

Keep an eye out in your email inbox for an online questionnaire via Survey Monkey.  After each group has completed their course, facilitators will receive a questionnaire.  We know your time is valuable so it will be kept short, but please take the time to complete it as your feedback is valuable to us and helps us to keep improving the site.

Students will also receive a questionnaire a few months after they complete the course to establish how they have transferred their knowledge into their clinical working area. Have they done a Clinical Practice Improvement Project? If so, what challenges, obstacles and what was the outcome? As well as being useful to us the information from this survey will be useful for any facilitator who is required to submit six monthly reports to the department as it will provide positive outcomes for the participants of your groups.

Featured Article:
Alzheimer’s cure may be a matter of size
brain-dna.jpg Size really does matter according to scientists looking for ways to cure Alzheimer's disease.  Research conducted by scientists at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) at The University of Queensland (UQ) and Harvard University, has ...


One of our eLearning Clinical Project Officers has retired - Pauline Henderson.  Many of you would know her and she may have even facilitated one of your groups. Pauline is off to enjoy her retirement to enjoy the pending arrival of her first grandchild, continue with her quilting and we believe is going to learn lawn bowls. We wish her all the best.
Pauline Henderson, Kathryn De Souza / Vicki Rose, Pauline Henderson, Anne Moehead  /  Jai Lamerton, Pauline Henderson


Kate Swaffer commenced her professional career as a nurse, specialising in dementia and aged care, and then operating theatres. She has also worked as a chef and as an executive in health care, retiring due to the diagnosis of a younger onset dementia when she was 49. Post diagnosis she completed a BA and BPsych and is still studying...


Our Partners...

  • Funding from Primary Health & Community Partnerships Branch of the NSW Ministry of Health
  • NSW Dementia Policy Team
  • Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC)
  • Care of the Confused Hospitalised Older Person Study (CHOPS)
  • NSW Dementia Expert Advisory Group
  • Alzheimer's Australia
  • University of Wollongong
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