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National Dementia Conference

Addressing the Critical Issues in Dementia Research, Treatment & Care

15-16 October 2020 | Rendezvous Melbourne

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Early Bird Rate expires 7 August 2020

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Due to the escalation and ongoing concerns regarding COVID-19 we have taken the decision to re-schedule the National Dementia Conference to 15-16 October 2020 at the Rendezvous Melbourne.

All registrations will be transferred to the new date. If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Service team on 02 9080 4307 or email: info@informa.com.au

Over the past 11 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.

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. The 2020 event presents a unique opportunity to explore what’s possible and embrace change.

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:

  • Transforming dementia practice
  • Building the dementia capability of the Aged Care workforce
  • Dementia, Delirium and Depression and how to avoid misdiagnoses
  • Dementia in rural communities
  • Predictive cognitive decline and diagnosing dementia
  • Accessibility to the NDIS & Aged Care Scheme
  • Best practice for supporting people in their own home
  • Supporting family/carers of people with dementia
  • Younger Onset dementia
  • Legal issues in dementia
  • Dementia and Indigenous populations
  • Latest research
  • The use and abuse of medication in dementia
  • The Royal Commission on Aged Care – what’s next?
  • Getting the Quality of Care
  • Ethical decision-making in established dementia

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8:50 am

OPENING | Dr David Sykes, Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

HEARING FROM OUR HEREOS:

9:00 am

Eileen was diagnosed at aged 59 with Alzheimer’s and unable to receive NDIS as the scheme was currently unavailable in her area. Once the NDIS became available, Eileen was then deemed too old to meet the criteria for NDIS and was put onto the Aged Care Scheme, but this provided them with less support. Eileen and Dubhglas will share their experience of navigating the NDIS & the Aged Care Scheme

DEMENTIA DIAGNOSIS, DETECTION AND DIFFERENCES

9:30 am

  • The current upheaval in Alzheimer’s research and how the main theory of cause is now much more complicated than originally thought
  • Challenging the last 20 years of Alzheimer’s research
  • The myths around Amyloid – is this just a marker or a cause
  • Clinical Trials and FLOREY’s involvement
  • Where do we go from here? What is the cause? What’s next with the research?

10:00 am

  • Undiagnosed or misdiagnosed? And the major issues this can cause.
  • ‘Delirium’ an outcome measure of quality care
  • A person living with dementia and the nurses experience of delirium
  • Resources, tools and treatments that can help

10:30 am

Networking Break

TRANSFORMING THE DEMENTIA CARE PRACTICE

11:45 am

  • What our approach should to be building the dementia capability of the aged care workforce
  • How to ensure that education is applied
  • Creating dementia practice leaders

1:00 pm

Lunch and Networking Break

2:00 pm

  • Best practice, person centred care
  • The shift from a traditional model of aged care to one that consistently and sustainably supported our vision
  • Inclusive and innovate change management approach
  • The ‘Birch Pathway’

3:15 pm

Networking Break

IMPROVING CARE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY:

3:45 pm

  • Provide information on system of delivery of memory clinic services to rural & remote areas.
  • Consider challenges of metro memory clinics which concurrently delivers outreach clinics over very long distances – example of Broome
  • How technology can help deliver memory clinics.
  • Range of memory clinic services in a large sparsely populated state.

4:15 pm

  • KACS role and experiences and how this works in the community
  • Lived stories from people living with dementia, their carers/family on country
  • Revisiting the Community Care Workers and what they do on the ground in their Communities
  • How the Community Care Workers partner with Alzheimer’s WA / Dementia Support Australia and Clinics Allied Health

5:00 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

Dr David Sykes, Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

5:05 pm

Networking Drinks

8:50 am

Opening Remarks from the Chair

Paul Yates, Deputy Director of Aged Care Research, Austin Health

IMPROVING CARE WITHIN THE COMMUNITY:

9:00 am

  • Social, intellectual, and environmental stimulation for dementia diagnosees through high-powered Board room presentations – who benefits? (Cathy Roth)
  • The impacts on diagnosees (John Roth)
  • From pilot to international: Taking PALZ to communities – the Why and How? (Cathy Roth)
  • You can play a significant role!
  • What’s next for PALZ?

9:40 am

  • Holistic Care Planning: clinical, functional health – all individually important
  • Care givers and care giver stress and strategies for carer inclusion
  • Improving support for people with dementia and their carers in various settings
  • The challenge around workforce planning and the provision around homecare and the issues are interfaces
  • The role of the carers and the aged care workforce

LATEST RESEARCH: THE WAY WE WALK & THE WAY WE TALK

10:15 am

Walking is usually taken for granted as a simple and automatic daily function. However, this presentation will outline:

  • How walking is dependent on several brain networks functioning effectively together
  • Specific walking characteristics as biomarkers of cognitive decline
  • Implementing dual-task gait assessments into a memory clinic

10:50 am

Networking Break

11:20 am

  • How we can detect Alzheimer’s disease earlier the diagnostic marker of language and the reliability behind this
  • How this can provide a window into the pre-symptomatic phase unlike any other marker

12:00 pm

  • Providing a better understanding of the important role that oral health plays in those living with dementia
  • Working with medical practitioners and geriatricians to improve knowledge and education
  • The direct link between dental infections, delirium, falls and premature death

THE RESPONSE TO THE ROYAL COMMISSION: IMPLEMENTING THE RIGHT CHANGE

12:35 pm

  • How do we select the right drug to deprescribe?
  • Creating person centred care and creating a smooth interdisciplinary journey
  • The role of the Royal Commission and what we have learnt. What’s next? What needs to be done? How can we do this best?
  • Does the workforce have the specific knowledge to dealing with behavioural problems? How can we work together to improve this?

1:10 pm

Lunch and Networking Break

IMPLEMENTING UNITS OF EXCELLENCE IN OUR ORGANISATIONS

2:10 pm

  • The brief: from a medical unit to an acute geriatric ward
  • Challenging behaviours. Younger Onset Dementia and significant behavioural changes
  • Working with the environment and creating dementia friendly space that is about the patient
  • Integrating care into the community
  • The Royal Commission and forming partnerships with the facilities outside of the ward

2:40 pm

CASE STUDY | Leading the Way to Excellence in Palliative and Dementia Care: Dementia Australia's Nightingale Programme

Ms Alison Davis, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Mrs Jayne Littledike, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

3:10 pm

Networking Break

THE FUTURE OF DEMENTIA: NONPHARMACOLOGICAL & TECHNOLOGY

4:10 pm

  • When does more choice become more confusing?
  • Smart Homes and the IoT
  • Staying at home for longer through assistive technologies
  • Technology for engagement
  • Adoption and the journey towards integrating assistive technology
  • The effects on the carers and family
  • Accepting the technology and learning how to integrate this effectively with all stakeholders involved

4:50 pm

CLOSING | Closing Remarks from the Chair

pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1695$1295+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
2 Day Conference + Half Day Workshop$2190$1790+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate

Early Bird Rate expires 7 August 2020

speakers

Dr David Sykes

Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

Anne Moehead

Nurse Practitioner: Psychogeriatrics, Dementia, NNSWLHD

Polly Devine

Chief Executive Officer, MOYOLA Aged Care Inc.

Dr PK Loh

Adjunct Assoc Prof, Edith Cowan University

Professor Dimity Pond

Professor of General Practice, University of Newcastle

Dr John Roth

Cathy Roth OAM

National Chairman, PALZ – Professionals Living with Alzheimer's and related diseases

Associate Professor Michele Callisaya

NHMRC Boosting Dementia Leadership Fellow, Monash University

Eileen Taylor

Living with Dementia

Dubhglas Taylor

Carer for Eileen Taylor

Nicole Ledger

Nurse Unit Manager, Acute Geriatric Ward, Shoalhaven Hospital

Garrie O’Toole

Dementia Consultant and Facilitator, Dementia Australia

Professor Ashley Bush

Director, Melbourne Dementia Research Centre, Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, University of Melbourne, Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

Dr Abraham Kuot

Research Fellow & Project Manager for the 'Harmony in the Bush' Dementia Study, Flinders University Rural Health South Australia, College of Medicine & Public Health University

Dr Meredith Gresham

Research Fellow CHeBA, UNSW Sydney, Co-Ordinator of the COGNISANCE project

Gregg JJ Murray

Remote Care Coordinator, Kimberley Aged Care Services, Kimberley Aged and Community Services, WA Country Health Services

Dr Juanita Breen PhD MSc(Dist) BPharm GradDipComPracPharm

Senior Lecturer, Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University of Tasmania

Ms Alison Davis

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Mrs Jayne Littledike

Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nightingale Program

Professor John Pollaers OAM

Chancellor, Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Rajesh Vasa

Head of Translational Research, Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute, Deakin University

Dr Harry Nespolon

GP, President, RACGP

Dr Margaret Winbolt

Director, Dementia Training Australia

Paul Yates

Deputy Director of Aged Care Research, Austin Health

Dr Peter Foltyn

Conjoint Senior Lecturer UNSW, CSU, St Vincent’s Hospital Dental Department

Sharonne Pearce

Dementia and Mental Health Practice Lead, Scalabrini Village LTD

Professor Peter Garrard

Neurologist, St George's, University of London

Scott Taylor

CEO & Co-Founder, Perx Health

Dr Janet Sluggett BPharm (Hons), GDipClinEpid, PhD, CertiVTAE, FSHP, AACPA

Senior Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

Insights

What does dementia feel like?
In Australia 342,000 people are living with Dementia – a pervasive collection of symptoms including memory loss, confusion and apathy. Read more >>

A new therapeutic for Alzheimer’s is imminent – what is it and what will it mean?
An ageing population could see global cases of dementia and its major form Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) almost double every twenty years. Read more >>

Pre-Conference Workshop

14 October 2020

2pm-5pm | Ensuring Appropriate Use of Psychotropics in Dementia Care

Dr Juanita Breen from the University of Tasmania and Dr Janet Sluggett from Monash University, pharmacists who have testified at the Aged Care Royal Commission public hearings, are pleased to be hosting an interactive workshop on what it actually means to deprescribe and how to ensure appropriate medicines use to support best possible outcomes for people living with dementia.

Key aspects:

  • Highlighting recent research that is relevant for dementia care and exploring strategies to support person-centred care among people living with dementia
  • Discussing the broader scope of psychotropic use, and summarising both the evidence for use and risks associated with use of these medicines
  • Understanding why psychotropic medicines are prescribed for older people, especially those living with dementia
  • Identifying and addressing the barriers and enablers for quality use of psychotropic medicines
  • Exploring the use of psychotropic medicines in the community (home) setting, particularly prior to entering a residential aged care facility, and examining use after entry to residential aged care
  • Exploring the appropriate use of psychotropics, strategies to support best possible use of these medicines and identifying situations when pharmacotherapy may no longer be appropriate
  • Discussing the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the information that we presented and implications for appropriate medicines use among people living with dementia

Dr Juanita Breen PhD MSc(Dist) BPharm GradDipComPracPharm, Senior Lecturer, Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre, University of Tasmania
Dr Janet Sluggett BPharm(Hons), GDipClinEpid, PhD, CertiVTAE, FSHP, AACPA, Senior Research Fellow, School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia

when & where

15 - 16 Oct 2020

Rendezvous Melbourne
328 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9250 1888
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