Victorian Training Award for Dementia Australia as a leader in dementia-education using cutting edge, virtual reality programs

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In Melbourne, last night, Dementia Australia’s leadership in professional education was recognised as the winner of the Small Training Provider of the Year Award at the prestigious Department of Education’s Victorian Training Awards.

Key to the success were the multi-award winning Virtual Dementia Experience™ and the Educational Dementia Immersive Experience (EDIE), using virtual reality headsets that provide an immersive experience of what it might be like to live with dementia.

“We are thrilled that our vision to create unique learning experiences which touch, move and inspire participants to improve their dementia practice has been recognised by our peers and leaders in our sector,” Dr David Sykes, General Manager Learning and Development Alzheimer’s Australia Vic said.

“More importantly, through ongoing independent evaluation of these innovations, and all our programs, we are assured that we are influencing change in residential and community care that improves the lives of those living with dementia.”

“I wish to acknowledge the extraordinary work of the Alzheimer’s Australia team in Victoria and their commitment to transforming dementia care education, to improve the quality of life for people, of all ages, living with all forms of dementia, their families and carers.”

The award acknowledges Dementia Australia’s complete suite of learning programs in Victoria which form critical pathways to improving the quality of care provided to people living with dementia. 

In 2016 there were over 17,000 participants, 2,000 of these completed accredited training, most notably the Dementia Essentials program which provides important foundational education for aged and community care workers.

As a Registered Training Organisation, the program includes the specialist Certificate IV in Dementia Practice course, available exclusively through Dementia Australia, to ensure that the course is delivered to the highest standard and informed by the latest in dementia research and practice.

Since 2012 over 127 students have completed the Cert IV in Dementia Practice and have become strong champions for change in a wide range of care settings.

Alzheimer’s Australia will now represent Victoria at the Australian Training Awards. The winner of these awards will be announced on Thursday 23 November 2017.

For more information about Dementia Australia’s training programs in Victoria go to


Alzheimer’s Australia is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 413,000 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than 1.1 million in 40 years.   

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Media contacts: Christine Bolt 0400 004 553 / [email protected], Phillip Money 0427 757 434 / [email protected]

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