Alzheimer's Australia National Conference 2017 - Workshops

Workshop 1

Creating Memorycare Communities: A new model of dementia care

Dr Cameron Camp, Director of Research, Center for Applied Research in Dementia, Ohio USA

Workshop covers:

  • creating resident-driven communities
  • creating culture change within memory care
  • creating family resource centres and training
  • organising productive and positive family engagement.

 

Workshop 2

This workshop introduces participants to use the VIPS Framework of person-centred care to assist participants to develop excellence in dementia care.

Prof Dawn Brooker, Director Association for Dementia Studies University of Worcester

Workshop demonstrates how the VIPS framework:

  • promotes best practice in dementia care in residential aged care facilities
  • facilitates reflection on current practice
  • encourages sharing of experience across different providers
  • supports planning for change.

Facilitators:

Prof Dawn Brooker, 
Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

Dr Sam Davis, 
Senior Lecturer in Applied Gerontology, Flinders University, South Australia. 


 

Workshop 3

The Validation Breakthrough

Naomi Feil, Developer of the Validation Method

This workshop presents Validation principles and techniques. Participants will learn how to recognise the four phases of Resolution. They are:

  • walk in the shoes of the older person living with dementia
  • restore dignity
  • increase verbal behaviours
  • decrease aggression and withdrawal inward.

You will learn how to prevent burnout, and some ways of preparing for your own old age.


 

Workshop 4

This workshop introduces participants to use the VIPS Framework of person-centred care to assist participants to develop excellence in dementia care.

Prof Dawn Brooker, Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

Workshop demonstrates how the VIPS framework:

  • promotes best practice in dementia care in residential aged care facilities
  • facilitates reflection on current practice
  • encourages sharing of experience across different providers
  • supports planning for change.

Facilitators:

Prof Dawn Brooker, 
Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

Dr Sam Davis, 
Senior Lecturer in Applied Gerontology, Flinders University, South Australia. 

*This workshop is a repeat of Workshop 2


 

Workshop 5

How to raise issues about the service being provided and maintain a constructive relationship with providers

Debra Nicholls, Elder Rights Advocacy

This interactive workshop is designed for carers with a family member receiving services from an aged care provider. The workshop is presented by Elder Rights Advocacy, an independent organisation funded by the Department of Health to provide free and confidential advocacy support as part of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program.

Participants will learn how to:

  • identify consumer’s rights
  • document the issues and concerns to be addressed
  • identify the outcome you are seeking
  • identify the approach to raise your issues
  • identify who to contact to get the most effective response
  • to get further support from advocacy to raise your concerns
  • identify where to take issues if they are not resolved.

The focus is be on maintaining (and improving) the relationship between family carers and provider management and staff, while having concerns appropriately resolved for the consumer.


 

Elder rights advocacy workshop

Half day workshop for people living with dementia, care partner and support person

This Workshop is not open to Healthcare Professionals, only people living with dementia, care partner and support person.


 

Virtual Dementia Experience™ Workshop

2 hour workshop only available for registered conference delegates

The Virtual Dementia Experience™ was developed with the aim to improve the learning outcomes of aged care workers attending education sessions at Dementia Australia VIC (former Alzheimer’s Australia Vic). Using game technology, the workshop shifts from an information session to an experiential session and the worker is then exposed to the lived experience of a person with dementia and then develops empathy for that person.