Dementia essay competition

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The 2015 National Dementia Essay competition winners have been announced.

Supported by the Dementia Training Study Centres, the Australian Journal Dementia Care and Alzheimer’s Australia, the essay competition drew entries from 26 universities across 20 different fields of study and offered over $7,000 worth of prizes.

First prize went to Giverny Witheridge for her essay The dialogue of dementia.

Giverny, who is studying a Bachelor of Communication and Media studies from the University of Wollongong, wrote “The media has a role to play in both influencing how people with dementia are perceived, understood and treated. The awareness-raising capacity of media can also "advance government policy efforts aimed at improving the quality of life of people with dementia and their carers."

Dedicated to her Nonna and Nonno, who “are living with dementia every day”, Giverny also wrote in her essay that the use of respectful, empowering language and positive imagery can also help to promote the dignity and self-worth of people living with dementia.”

Shan Crosbie, who is studying a Bachelor of Creative Arts at The Australian National University, won first place in the third year category with her essay What are the benefits of engaging with the visual arts in a gallery environment for people living with dementia in Australia?

Shan’s essay focuses on the role of engagement in the development of a dementia-friendly Australia with the National Gallery of Australia’s new program “Art and Dementia”.

Alzheimer’s Australia would like to extend a congratulations to Giverny and Shan, and thank all of those who submitted essays for consideration.