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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network October 28, 2013
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Our spring edition of this newsletter, sees a pilot group begin a review of our new Behavioural Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) course.  Anne Moehead and Kathy De Souza are facilitating the group and we send a big thank you to those who put their hand up to participate.  The BPSD course will be available to everyone from February 3, 2014.

We trust that nobody has been affected by the devastating bush fires. Our thoughts go out to the many people affected and to the heroes who risk their lives for others and to those helping behind the scenes. 

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your
balance you must keep moving."
 ~ Albert Einstein

A New Team Member

We are excited to announce that Ian Johnston has joined our team. Ian is a North Coast Clinical Geropsychologist with 14 years experience in the diagnosis and management of people with a dementia. Ian will be assisting in the development of a number of new learning modules.  

Welcome to the team Ian!

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:
Gosford - Nov 19, 2013

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. 
Courses for 2014

A call to all facilitators wishing to run courses in 2014 to start thinking about your commencement dates. Courses will be available from February 3, 2014.

Please contact Kathy De Souza or Jacqui Riding to ensure your group is ready to go in the New Year. 

Remember each new group must have a new enrolment key.

Courses available:
  1. Positive Approach to the Care of the Older Person (12 weeks)
  2. Person Centred Care in the Community (4 weeks)
  3. Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (6 weeks)  
Attention all Facilitators of the DementiaCare eLearning Program
- Past and Present
oldman.jpgWe are planning to run a facilitator refresher day in Sydney in December.

If you have previously attended training but feel you could do with an update then this day is for you. If you have been facilitating for some time and would like a refresher, then this day IS for you. If you have not had any training since the new eLearning site was launched, then this day is definitely for YOU.

If you have NEVER been to facilitator training, then this day is NOT for you - you will need to book into one of the facilitator training days that will be held in 2014. 

WHO: Past and present Dementia eLearning facilitators

WHAT: Facilitator refresher day / overview of new courses / your chance to ask questions

WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 9.30am - 3.30pm

COST: Free to past and present facilitators 

WHERE: Boral Lecture Theatre, University of NSW. Link to location information

CONTACT: Kathy Desouza or Jacqui Riding

kathryn.desouza@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au  / jacqui.riding@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Places are limited so book soon for your chance to attend this very exciting update.  

Facilitators don't forget your online manual. There is a huge amount of information here to assist you. If you feel a subject is missing let us know and we would be happy to make any additions to help you and your fellow facilitators.

Link: Facilitator Manual
Hot Topic

Don't forget our Alumni forum: Dementia Care in Action.  Everyone is able to access this forum including students still undertaking the course.  You can access it via the discussion tab on the website. 

The Hot Topic for October is: Anxiety, Falls and Dementia.  Please take the time to visit the forum and leave a comment.  It's great when everyone can take part in these interesting discussions. 

Here is the link to assist you:  Dementia Care in Action

Facilitator Training

The DementiaCare team have been busy these last few months conducting facilitator training across the state. In August facilitator training was conducted at Wollongong Hospital part of the South East Sydney Illawarra LHD. The photo above shows the happy participants who are ready and rearing to facilitate the dementia eLearning program. In September we trained another group in Queanbeyan and two of the group, Jason Mook and Therese Griffiths, were so enthusiastic they started facilitating a new group the very next week! 


Facilitator training was conducted at Coffs Harbour Hospital in the Northern NSW LHD on Tuesday, October 1. Seven enthusiastic people participated in the training, all are looking forward to facilitating new groups in 2014.

The aim of the facilitator training day is to prepare experts in dementia to facilitate the courses on the dementiacare platform. If you want to know more about these training days then get in touch with us via the support help desk Support.DementiaCare@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Welcome Ian Johnston

I am a Clinical Geropsychologist, and have for the last 14 years been working in Northern New South Wales in the area of diagnosis and management of people with a dementing disorder.  

Early September I commenced with the Dementia eLearning project three days per week to assist in the writing of a number of new modules. 

Currently I'm reviewing the BPSD course and I'm about to commence writing the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's resource module: A cooperative approach to improving all aspects of health.  

I look forward to this new challenge.

Student to Facilitator - Read Therese's story...

tg2.pngI recently completed the twelve week online Dementia Care course and enjoyed it so much that at the next opportunity commenced the facilitator’s training.  

Although initially reluctant – online learning is definitely not my thing - the material is well put together with an honesty and simplicity that is refreshing.  It is practical in nature but challenges and inspires clinicians to commit to best practice.  

And that’s got to be a great outcome for our elderly who deserve the best care we can provide.

The July group was an interesting bunch of colleagues from the south coast of NSW.  Some like me were already working in the area of dementia care while others were new to the subject. 

But through a combination of written content, research, quizzes, discussion forums and the like, we quickly made good progress,
 building new networks and identifying opportunities for change in both individual practice and within our sectors.

While I have been teaching in this area for over 15 years, the course brought to light new facts, new research and changes in best practice of which I was not aware despite my commitment to lifelong learning. 

And the online phobia?  Well you could say not only did I cope but that I am a near convert.  The site is easily navigated and there are no nasty surprises.  So having enjoyed the experience, I have gone on to attend the facilitator’s course and am already involved in facilitating a group.

I look forward to meeting you online soon ….…

Therese Griffiths

Dementia Care Competency Framework
Anne Moehead and Victoria Traynor attended the Dementia and Deliriium Forum - Collaborative developments in the care of the older person with delirium and dementia in NSW. It was held in Sydney on Friday, July 26, 2013 at Mary MacKillop place. Anne and Victoria are pictured with Nicole Britten.


Check out the Dementia and Delirium Resource Map  - Author: Anthea Temple
New videos from Alzheimer's Australia

Real life stories in these short and very powerful videos from Alzheimer's Australia.

Contents include 10 episodes, and an introduction: -- About Dementia -- Getting a Diagnosis -- Dealing With Change -- Changing Communication -- Dementia Can Happen At Any Age -- Losing the Dreaming -- Looking After Yourself -- Reaching Out -- Support -- Sharing the Care

Link: You're Not Alone

Introducing some of our hardworking facilitators...
      Miriam Coyle

I have a background in residential and community aged care nursing. I have specialised in dementia care for sometime now, with roles in case management, the Dementia Advisory Service and now Acute Dementia Delirium Clinical Nurse Consultant. I have found the work very rewarding and feel privileged to work with those affected by, or interested in dementia. It is really interesting work too, so I have found I continue to study and have gained a Masters of Science (Dementia Care) and I am now undertaking my own research project as a Masters of Nursing (Research) student.


      Chris Duffy

Nursing has been a life long career for me in addition to being a farmers wife, mother to five sons and one daughter, grandmother to ten (mostly grandsons!!!) and someone who enjoys travel, particular Australian travel.

I completed my three years training in Orange, (pre university training of course!) then spent sometime overseas before settling in Parkes with my husband. Due to family commitments I have spent the greater part of my work in Aged Care where hours were a little more flexible. I find working with aged people a huge privilege and love to listen to the many stories they have to tell about life in a vastly changing world.


      Gai McPherson

I am a registered General Nurse, with qualifications in Midwifery, Geriatrics, Mental Health and Palliative Care. I am a widow, have 2 fantastic grown up children (son and daughter) and a 17 year old granddaughter who is delightful. I live at King Creek which is near Wauchope, NSW.


There is a section on our website introducing our facilitators. If we haven't tracked you down yet and if you would like to be featured on our webpage and our next newsletter complete the short questionnaire which is located in our Facilitators' tearoom forum (under the Discussion tab on our site).

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