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The ‘Dementia Australia National Symposium Series 2020 – Dementia care is quality care’ will finish on Tuesday 8 September with presentations from Ita Buttrose AC OBE and Dr James Adonis.
Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the series has attracted nearly 3,000 unique attendees from Australia and 20 other countries around the world.
“Over the past six weeks we’ve heard from inspiring speakers, engaged in thought-provoking discussion and highlighted some of the key issues in aged care that are relevant through COVID-19 and beyond,” Ms McCabe said.
“Throughout this series we have sought to highlight some of the positive things happening in aged care and some practical ways to improve care for people living with dementia.”
The free of charge six-part webinar series has focused on raising the quality of dementia care and is the culmination of the Dementia Australia Quality Care Initiative.
In the final of the series Dr Adonis, an international speaker and author will focus on addressing the leadership blind spots to staff engagement – an issue that was highlighted in an earlier session by Prof John Pollaers OAM, Chancellor, Swinburne University and Executive Chairman of Leef Independent Living Solutions.
Ms Buttrose, Chair, ABC and Ambassador, Dementia Australia will present on leadership and the challenge of change.
Ms McCabe thanked aged care professionals for participating in the Symposium series during what is a challenging time for the sector.
“Every one of these aged care professionals took time out of their day to learn about leading culture change and delivering quality care, which demonstrates the extraordinary commitment of those in the sector to improving the lives of people living with dementia in their care,” Ms McCabe said.
“At Dementia Australia we are committed to continuing to work with the sector and other peak bodies to progress this work through implementing the Quality Care Initiative Action Plan.
“Throughout this Symposium series there has been much discussion about how we can all be advocates for change.
“I hope everyone who took part will consider how they will advocate for improved care for people living with dementia and join us in moving the sector forward to ensure that dementia is core business in aged care.”
Recordings of the Symposium series will be available to view until 20 October. To register to receive access to the recordings and other useful resources visit the Dementia Australia website here.
Dementia Australia is the national peak body and charity for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 459,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach almost 1.1 million by 2058. Dementia Australia’s services are supported by the Australian Government.
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