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Dementia Care Resource and Training Network Winter, 2012
Dementia Care Newsletter
Welcome to the winter edition of our newsletter.

Dear Admin

As you may be aware, our newly updated DementiaCare Training and Resource Network program was launched by Mr Chris Shipway, the A/Director Primary Care, Community Partnerships and Chronic Disease, NSW Health, on April 16 at the NSW Dementia Expert Forum.

Allan Shell, Henry Brodaty and Anne Moehead at the NSW Dementia Expert Forum

The two-day forum brought together leaders of dementia and delirium care from across NSW in both community and hospital settings.  Professor Henry Brodaty, Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health & Director, DCRC, UNSW chaired the forum.  Over the two days 20 presenters were involved in dissementing up-to-date information to over 150 participants from around the state.

Expert Forum Presentations

Audio from all the presentations is now available on the DementiaCare Network website at:

If you are not yet a member of the DementiaCare Network you can create an account and join our Alumni using the following enrollment key:



Anne Moehead, Michael Moriarty and Kathy De Souza from the eLearning Dementia Team showcased the new site during two workshops held on the first day.  The presentation was very well received and many sought further information about the new site.

Missed the launch? View our presentation by clicking on this image:


The Project Team at Work

Dementia Care Training and Resource Network has been updated to the Moodle 2 platform.  "Moodle" is an Open Source Course Management System (CMS) also known as a Learning Management System (LMS). Moodle is an acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Learning Environment.


Did you know...

  • Society's average life span will soon reach a stage where 1 in 4 individuals will develop dementia.
  • According to a 2010 survey nearly half of adult Australians know someone with dementia.
  •  - BrainyApp Alzheimer's Australia

  DementiaCare Project Team

Overview - Where we came from...

The Positive Approach to Care of the Older Person: Dementia e-learning program was launched in 2007 after an identified need to provide a sustainable program of education that would bring about cultural change in the workplace. The Northern New South Wales Local Health District (formerly known as North Coast Area Health Service), information technology department and clinical staff developed a program of excellence which is an innovative, interactive dementia e-learning program. The aim of the program was to improve clinicians’ knowledge and understanding of how to support the person with dementia and their carer, and to influence workplace attitudes toward age care.

The program promotes excellence in clinical service and practice by providing Person-Centred Care as the ethical framework. It explains dementia diagnosis and examines concepts and strategies to manage the complexities of dementia and delirium. It encourages clinicians to develop a culture of critical enquiry and reflection, and engage in research and review of current literature. Over eight hundred participants have enrolled in the program with around 85% completion rate. Participants come from both nursing and Allied Health backgrounds, and from the Acute, Community and Residential Sectors.
Featured Resources

The Capacity Toolkit provides information and guidance to government employees, community workers, professionals, families and carers in issues relating to capacity and capacity assessment. This Brochure forms part of the ‘Know the Signs’ Project which aims to: Raise awareness of dementia Address some of the more common ‘myths’ about dementia.

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Feature Article - Get Yourself a Rocking Chair

rockingchair.jpgBenefits of home-based rocking-chair exercise for physical performance in community-dwelling elderly women: a randomized controlled trial.

Authors: Niemela K, Vaananen I, Leinonen R, Laukkanen P

Source: Aging Clinical And Experimental Research, 23 (4):279-287; Aug 1 2011

Background: Home-based exercise is a viable alternative for older adults with difficulties in realizing exercise opportunities outside the home. Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the benefits of home-based rocking chair training and its effects on the physical performance of elderly women. Methods: Community-dwelling women (N= 51) aged 73-87 years were randomly assigned to the rocking chair group (RCG, n = 26) and control group (CG, n = 25) by drawing lots. Baseline and outcome measurements were hand grip strength, maximal isometric knee extension, maximal walking speed over 10 meters, rising from a chair five times and the Berg Balance Scale (BBS).

The RCG carried out a six-week rocking chair training program at home including ten sessions per week, twice a day for 15 minutes per session, and ten different movements. The CG continued their usual daily living. After three months, the RCG responded to a mail questionnaire. Results: After the intervention the RCG improved and the CG declined. The data showed significant interactions of group by time in the BBS score (p = 0.001), maximal knee extension strength (p = 0.006), and in maximal walking speed (p = 0.046), which indicates that the change between groups during the follow-up period was significant. Adherence to the training protocol was high (96%). After three months, the exercise program had become a regular home exercise habit for 88.5% of the subjects).

Conclusions: The results indicate that home-based elderly women benefit from this easily implemented rocking chair exercise program. The subjects became motivated to participate in the training and continued the exercises. This is a promising alternative exercise method for maintaining physical activity and it leads to improvements in physical performance.


Media Release
State-Wide Online Dementia Care Resource and Training Program

In response to projections of increased prevalence and incidences of dementia within Australian populations, NSW Health Staff working within the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD), recently launched an Online Resource and Training initiative aimed at improving dementia care service provision in the acute care settings of NSW hospitals.

Chris Crawford, Chief Executive, NNSW LHD said “The Dementia eLearning Program, which was originally trialled and evaluated within the NNSW LHD, has now been extended state-wide to provide sustainable dementia education that can bring about cultural change in the workplace.”

Alumni Site and eNewsletter
thumbnail-graduate.png All graduates of the Positive Approach to the Care of the Older Person Course are automatically eligible for membership of the Dementia Care Network Alumni site and subscription to the eNewsletter. Those who have received the electronic version of this newsletter will also have received the one off enrolment key which enables past participants to access the Dementia Care Network Alumni site.


Dementia eLearning Survey - 2011
survey.png Thank you to all those who completed a Dementia eLearning survey last year.  This survey was in collaboration with Dementia Collaborative Research Centres (DCRC) Knowledge Translation Team.
RPL University of Wollongong
An application for recognition of the Postive Approach to Care of the Older Person 12 week course for advanced standing for post-graduate study with the University of Wollongong in either "Gerontology and Rehabilitation...
As the delegate of the Director, Primary Health, Community Partnerships and Chronic Disease Branch, Ministry of Health, Joanne Young is pleased to represent the Branch on the NSW Health Dementia Care eLearning Project Steering Committee. Joanne is Acting Associate Director, Primary and Community Health and has been involved in the development and Ministry funding of the Dementia Care eLearning site.

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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