Transforming dementia practice through learning experiences which touch, move and inspire

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Thursday 26 November 2015

Providing learning experiences which touch, move and inspire participants to transform their dementia practice is the aim of all the educational courses released today in the suite of 2016 Alzheimer’s Australia Vic Dementia Learning Guides.

Dr David Sykes, General Manager Learning and Development Alzheimer’s Australia Vic said our highly skilled team has extensive experience in a wide range of areas. Our comprehensive suite of education form is informed by current research, contemporary practice and many years of feedback from family carers and people living with dementia. The courses are part of an integrated learning pathway, incorporating both accredited and non-accredited courses, as well as online.

“We provide tailored education for care partners and families that supports adjusting to changes and promotes meaningful engagement and confidence,” Dr Sykes said.

The five 2016 Dementia Learning Guides are now available, with January to June programs. The guides are tailored to meet the learning needs of specific sectors:

  • Residential Aged Care Services
  • Disability Services,
  • Health Services,
  • Community Support Services and
  • Community Awareness

With more than 17,000 course participants each year, Alzheimer’s Australia Vic’s approach is committed to building highly skilled dementia practitioners across the health, aged and disability sectors.

Included in the Guides is the award winning Virtual Dementia Experience™ course which provides an immersive, interactive virtual reality experience that invades the senses and takes people into the world of a person living with dementia, simulating thoughts, fears and challenges. This world-first technology was recently awarded first place for ‘Excellence in person, family and community-centred care’ at the 2015 Victorian Public Healthcare Awards.

The extensive Dementia Learning Services program also offers a Dementia Consultancy service through which the organisation works with health and aged care providers to achieve better outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and carers, as well as promoting a positive work culture that can reduce staff turnover.

The focus is not just within the sector but reaches a broader audience through close partnerships with community groups and organisations seeking to create an inclusive dementia-friendly community where there is no longer a stigma associated with living with dementia.

‘We invite everyone involved in dementia care to register and experience all that we have to offer to help transform their organisation, practice, relationship, community and the lives of those living with dementia, their families and carers, Dr Sykes said.

Each hard copy Dementia Learning Guide includes a pull-out A3 calendar while all the information is available online and dates beyond June 2016 will be updated.


Notes to media

When writing or talking about dementia, please provide your audience with the number for our National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500 - a telephone information and support service available across Australia.

What is appropriate language for talking about dementia and why do we need it?

The words used to talk about dementia can have a significant impact on how people with dementia are viewed and treated in our community. Please read our Dementia Language Guidelines that have been developed by people living with dementia and carers.

About Alzheimer’s Australia Vic

In Victoria almost 81,200 people are living with dementia. This figure is projected to increase to 246,000 by 2050.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the charity representing people, of all ages, with all forms of dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia information, education and support services.

Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.


Media contacts:

Christine Bolt +613 9816 5772 / +613 400 004 553 / [email protected]