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How we support leaders to create real change 

By Chris While, Learning Consultant, Dementia Training Australia
A clinical care coordinator introduces contrasting crockery – blue plates on white table cloths – at meal times in a dementia unit. 
This simple change yields several outcomes; the residents living with dementia stay at the table for longer, more food is consumed, and there is a corresponding reduction in food wastage and weight loss.
At another site, the introduction of weekly visits with local kindergarten students as part of an intergenerational program has many positive outcomes including happier residents, increased interaction, and increased family satisfaction with care.
These are just two Dementia Training Australia Fellowship projects that demonstrate better outcomes for people living with dementia, through the application of evidence-based knowledge to practice.
Fellowships are essentially coaching or mentoring partnerships between DTA and selected ‘champions’ within organisations. They aim to address the question that vexes so many of us who want to see quality approaches to care: what does it take to implement contemporary dementia practices, like the ones described above, into care settings? 
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