Alzheimer’s Australia part of unique collaboration to lead dementia training

MEDIA RELEASE

Friday 16 September 2016

Alzheimer’s Australia part of unique collaboration to lead dementia training

Alzheimer’s Australia welcomes the announcement from the Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Ken Wyatt AM MP today, stating that the Commonwealth funded Dementia Training Program will be delivered by the Dementia Training Australia (DTA) consortium, of which Alzheimer’s Australia is pleased to be a partner.

This consortium, led by the University of Wollongong, brings together the expertise of Australia’s leading dementia educators and trainers, to build on the experience they have gained in operating the Dementia Training Study Centres and the Dementia Care Essentials program for the last nine years and developing the world’s premier health care Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

The consortium enables a truly national approach to dementia training with members based in WA, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania and NSW, able to provide training services utilising the nationwide network of Alzheimer’s Australia.

National CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia, Maree McCabe said Alzheimer’s Australia is pleased to play a key role in delivering Dementia Essentials, a leading international vocational training program, which provides free dementia training and education to over 16,000 staff working directly with people living with dementia.

“This unique collaboration and national approach to dementia training will ensure that the next generation of dementia training is based on the most up to date, evidence based best practice, delivered in a coordinated, nationally consistent way. “The training will be accessible to a broad range of health and aged care personnel, from personal care assistants in the community and residential care to medical specialists in hospitals.

“This will ensure the very best available knowledge in dementia training is translated into best practice on the ground, so the outcomes for people with dementia and their families and carers can be improved.” Ms McCabe said.

Media enquiries:
Bianca Armytage | 0407 019 430 | bianca.armytage@dementia.org.au


Alzheimer’s Australia is the peak body representing people with dementia and their families and carers. It provides advocacy, support services, education and information. More than 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.


National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area


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