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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network April 2, 2013

Dear %%First Name%%

The months are flying by already and autumn is upon us, with winter looming ever closer.  The weather up here has been rather weird, hot and then out come the jumpers because of a cold snap. Others around the state have been battling bad storms and tornadoes so we hope you and your family are safe and well.

Never tell me the sky's the limit,
when there are footsteps on the moon!
 ~ Unknown

Upgrades to the site

We have continued to make a few changes to the site. Some exciting new additions and some updates.


Future Facilitator Training

April 3, 2013 - Orange
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!

Courses are continuing around the state and here are their locations:
  • Coffs Harbour
  • Tweed Heads
  • Murrumbidgee
  • Central Coast
  • North Sydney
  • Port Macquarie
  • Orange
  • Mount Druitt
  • Prince of Wales
  • Southern NSW 
Featured Resources

The Toolkit

Extended Aged Care at Home

Best care for older people everywhere - The toolkit. The toolkit has been developed to assist health services identify tools and resources that can assist them in improving care for older people in hospital & throughout the patient's journey through the care continuum. If someone you care for needs assistance because of behavioural problems associated with dementia, including periods of changes in behaviour such as agitation, shadowing, ‘sundowning’ or other disturbances, the Extended Aged Care at Home – Dementia (EACH D) program.
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Heart your Brain - 21 day challenge from Alzheimer's Australia
brainmatters.png      Fancy yourself a budding artist, chef or photographer? Always dreamt of speaking fluent French or mastering an instrument? There’s never been a better time or reason to start doing the things you love.

Research suggests certain lifestyle and health factors are good for the brain, body and heart and can help reduce the risk of developing dementia.

Visit the website:

The Inspired Study
     The Dementia Collaborative Research Centre’s INSPIRED study on younger onset dementia has launched a new website, and has extended its study throughout New South Wales. 

The INSPIRED Study is the first comprehensive study on younger onset dementia (YOD) in Australia. Since most people who develop memory and related disorders are older, the needs of people developing these conditions at a younger age are not well understood. This study looks at people who experience memory, language and/or behaviour change before age 65.

Please visit www.inspiredstudy.org for information about the study and it’s continuing research efforts.

1st ADI - Metlife Foundation Awards for Best Dementia Care Education Project

In February Alzheimer's Australia (NSW) nominated the NSW DementiaCare Resource and Training Network, Dementia e-Learning Project, for the ADI-MetLife Award for Dementia Care Education Projects.

The ADI-MetLife Foundation Awards for Best Dementia Care Education Project aims to recognise the success of projects around the world that promotes better dementia care through providing training and education programmes to the general public, health professionals or family members. The awards were broken down into categories by world regions: The Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific.

Five people reviewed the applications and decided on the winning projects. The panel of five was made up of an internationally renowned expert on dementia, a person with dementia, a former carer and two medical professionals from the developing world.

The DementiaCare Resource and Training Network was awarded runner up in the Alzheimer's Disease International MetLife Award for the Asia Pacific category for Dementia Care Education Projects.

This success is attributed to all on the DementiaCare team and the many people who have undertaken the course in order to translate learning into practice and provide better care for those people with dementia.

Alzheimer's Australia 15th National Conference - May 14-17, 2013
aa-conference.pngThe theme for the 15th National Conference is The Tiles of Life, Colouring the Future. It is about making memories when the very thing that brings us together is memory loss.

In the lead up to the conference we are asking people living and working with dementia to contribute to the making of a memory – memories created on ceramic tiles, colourful, moving, personal reflections of what Alzheimer’s and dementia means to the artists.

In 2013 you will see the finished product; the meaning of Alzheimer’s to each and every person captured forever – an inspirational and lasting memory of the Hobart Alzheimer’s Conference.

Kathy De Souza submitted an abstract last year and we are pleased to announce it has been accepted and she will present at the conference to showcase our site.  We hope you will be able to attend.   For more information:
Introducing some of our hardworking facilitators...
Kathy De Souza and Jacqui Riding met up with another two of our  facilitators, Jamie Gills and Wade Penn.  Kathy and Jacqui ran a facilitator training day at Gosford so it was a good chance to catch up with them.

There is now a new section on our website introducing our facilitators. If you would like to be included on our webpage and newsletter complete the short questionnaire which is located in our Facilitators' tearoom forum.

Facilitator Training Day at Gosford Hospital

Want to highlight your group in our next newsletter?  Please send us your details along with a photo.
Kathy De Souza and Jacqui Riding met up with some students who attended our facilitator training day.  It was a very enjoyable day with lots of laughs (and cackles with the chook lady - you know who you are)... Students will enjoy being guided by these lively facilitators.

A first for our course! - Dr Mei Min Soong attend our course at Gosford, with the plan to run a couse for junior medical officers. Stay tuned for more information!  Read Mei's story...


Calling all facilitators...
Have you lost your group? Only joking! We are in desperate need for trained facilitators as we have too many students waiting to start the course and no one to lead them through. We have a long waiting list of willing students eager to start.  Contact us and we may be able to buddy you up with other faciliators.

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. Contact us for more information.
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