Monthly news update

A new paradigm is on the horizon

By DTA Executive Director Richard Fleming
Today, on World Alzheimer’s Day and in the week when the Royal Commission on Aged Care was announced, we may find ourselves thinking that it is time for things to change in Australian aged care. Despite the gloom caused by the recognition of the need for a Royal Commission, there are clear signs that things have already started to change for the better. 
Perhaps we can allow ourselves to feel a little hope and optimism that we are moving to a new paradigm in which a sense of meaning and belonging among older Australians and those who care for them will be increasingly valued. In the Aged Care Workforce Taskforce Strategy released last week, taskforce chair Professor John Pollaers OAM highlighted “the beginning of transformational change”.
The taskforce, of which Dementia Training Australia Director Andrew Robinson is a member, recommends a social change campaign to reframe caring and promote the aged care workforce. It identifies significant opportunities for industry and organisations to take the lead in shaping the future of the industry and its workforce. 

One opportunity is the introduction of the new Aged Care Quality Standards on 1 July next year. Significantly, the standards highlight dignity, respect, choice, belonging, wellbeing, independence, and consumer partnerships and engagement as important factors in accreditation.
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How to use our environmental design App

Dementia Training Australia's free BEAT-D App (Built Environment Assessment Tool - Dementia) is a guide on the strengths and weaknesses of buildings used to accommodate people living with dementia.

The App can be used for facilities where relatively mobile people with dementia live, or higher care facilities. We've produced a short video on how to use the App.
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New online course on pain in people with dementia

A new Dementia Training Australia online course aims to increase understanding of pain assessment and management for people living with dementia in residential care.

Recognising and assessing pain in people living with dementia who are not able to self-report is difficult and complex.

The two-hour course covers pain recognition, assessment, treatment and management, and is targeted at registered and enrolled nurses. The course explores optimal pain management from the perspective of nurses as clinical leaders at the centre of the care team.

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DTA case study profiled in World Alzheimer's Month

A case study on Dementia Training Australia's work with aged care provider Scalabrini is being profiled internationally during World Alzheimer's Month in the documentary Every 3 Seconds.  
Case study

Going the extra mile

Dementia Training Australia is carrying out a series of "fact finding" road trips in rural and remote parts of Australia.

The purpose of the visits is to ensure that our courses and resources meet the needs of health and aged care staff working in these areas. 

Before each visit we invite health and aged care facilities to a half-day meeting which includes a workshop on an area of topical interest (for example medication management, responsive behaviours, environmental design) and a discussion of our current courses and resources with the aim of identifying gaps and areas of need that are specific to rural and remote services.

If you work with people living with dementia in rural and remote Australia and would like to contribute to the discussion on training needs, please contact:

Sandra Jeavons 
07 3138 5943

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