Over the past 10 years, the National Dementia Conference has grown to become a critical national platform for medical professionals, carers, researchers, aged-care workers, and policy makers involved in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of people living with dementia.
With the announcement of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, this year’s event presents a unique opportunity to explore what’s possible and embrace change.
The comprehensive, two-day program will bring together a host of leading experts to discuss best-practice strategies and initiatives for improving quality person-centered care across multiple settings, and will also detail the latest research, therapies and treatments, innovation, and technologies from around the world.
Don’t miss this exceptional networking opportunity and chance to share your ideas, knowledge, and experience with leaders from across the sector.
Key topics to include:
- Predictive cognitive decline and diagnosing dementia
- Ethical decision-making in established dementia
- The imminent therapeutic approach to delay or prevent Alzheimer’s – what will it be and what will it mean?
- Managing risks within acute hospital environments
- The use and abuse of medication in dementia
- Managing pain for people with cognitive impairment
- Novel therapies and interventions and assessing their impact i.e. music therapy
- Understanding the experiences and needs of LGBTI people living with dementia – how to provide inclusive care and services
- Supporting the transition between nursing homes and acute care facilities
- Younger onset dementia
- Effective communication and engagement strategies
- Caring for carers – the need for respite and support
- Dementia in rural communities
- The impact of nutrition in outcome, disease, and caregiver burden
- Legal issues in dementia
- Dementia and indigenous populations
- Advanced care planning for people living with dementia
- Plus, much more
Dr David Sykes
Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia
Dr John Roth
National Chairman, PALZ - Professionals with Alzheimer's
Professor John Pollaers OAM
Professor Constance Dimity Pond
Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle
Consultant, Geriatric Medicine, Royal Adelaide Hospital, Course Coordinator for Geriatric Medicine, University of Adelaide
Practice Nurse, Ballarat Community Health
Associate Professor Mark Yates
FRACP, Consultant Geriatrician, Ballarat Health Services, Director of Clinical Studies, Deakin University
Dr Wendy Kelso
Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Neuropsychiatry Unit, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Dr Sarah Farrand
Consultant Neuropsychiatrist, Melbourne Health
Co-ordinator – Val's LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care @GLHV Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University
Karajarri Traditional Owner, Bidyadanga Community
Community Care Support Worker, Bidyadanga HACC
Cultural Diversity Program Coordinator, St Vincent's Melbourne
Cultural Diversity Officer and Residential Support Program Clinician, St Vincent's Hospital
Associate Professor Poh Kooi Loh
Edith Cowan University & President, ANZSGM West Australia
Dr Ami Kamdar
Head of General Medicine (Consultant Physician) and Consultant Geriatrician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
Nurse Practitioner Dementia Outreach Service, Gold Coast Health, Queensland Health
Associate Professor Michael Woodward
Director Memory Clinic and Director Aged Care Research, Austin Health
Dr Daniel Blackmore
Neuroscientist, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland
Professor Felicity Baker
Director, International Research Partnerships, Creative Arts and Music Therapy Research Unit, University of Melbourne
Clinical Research Coordinator, RACS Research Unit, Rehabilitation & Aged Care Service, Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital
Conjoint Professor Carmelle Peisah
UNSW, Sydney University, Lead, Empowered Project, President, Capacity Australia
Dr Suzanne Dyer
Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre, Department of Rehabilitation, Aged and Extended Care, Flinders University
Senior Occupational Therapist, Catholic Homes Inc
Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate
Dr Barbara Hayes
Clinical Leader - Advanced Care Planning Program, Palliative Care Consultant, Northern Health
Dr Terence Ahern OAM
GP, Moreland General Practice
Workshop & Site Tour
THE STARLIFE DEMENTIA MODEL: EMBRACING INNOVATION, APPLYING DESIGN PRINCIPALS & DRIVING ENGAGEMENT IN DEMENTIA CARE
The workshop will provide evidence-based practice and show case real life experiences from BlueCross.
STARLife represents Living, Independence, Fulfillment and Engagement. This workshop tells the story of STARLife from 2014-2019, includes research undertaken by The National Ageing Research Institute (NARI), commissioned by BlueCross.
- Learnings from research undertaken by NARI, interviews with staff, families, external stakeholders and residents and a literature review identifying that there is not a “one size fits all” model for dementia care.
- Findings: that staff wanted more education, that the built design and environments were of importance, that residents and families wanted meaningful engagement and life style choices and that dementia expertise was of value.
- BlueCross have a dedicated Dementia Care Specialist, in-house occupational and physio therapy, life style leaders and nurse practitioners.
• The team will present and demonstrate some of the innovative ways of supporting people living with dementia, embracing innovation and applying design principals
- Members of the BlueCross team will explain how they support people living dementia and offer a tour to the residence to show case these activities. BlueCross Ivanhoe has:
• a memory environment with a bespoke nostalgia kitchen
• a men’s shed
• a resident gym
• other enabling spaces and activities
- The Human Room at BlueCross
• BlueCross Ivanhoe have a dedicated Human Room, providing a sophisticated multi-sensory experience. Artist and Designer Efterpi Soropos will demonstrate the room and discuss resident benefits
- The impact: interviews with staff, families and residents about their experiences
Bridget Howes, Dementia Care Specialist, BlueCross Community & Residential Services
Efterpi Soropos, Creative Practitioner will present The Human Room
Date: 17 May 2019
250 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe, Victoria, 3079
BlueCross have over 30 residences and home care services in metropolitan Melbourne, Philip Island and Kilmore. BlueCross Ivanhoe is a 178-bed aged care residence with a dedicated memory support environment for people living with dementia. The residence has been carefully designed and opened about 18 months ago. The residence has, a café, movie theatre, private dining room, men’s shed, gym and hairdressing. BlueCross Ivanhoe also provides day respite to clients living in their own homes and provides a range of activities providing opportunities for engagement.
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