Dementia training now available

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Aged and health care workers including dental professionals can now access a fully-funded dementia training program, delivered by expert facilitators from Alzheimer’s Australia*.

The Commonwealth funded Dementia Training Australia (DTA) consortium, of which Alzheimer’s Australia is a member, is offering Dementia Essentials which will be delivered by Alzheimer’s Australia nationally. The consortium is led by the University of Wollongong, and brings together the expertise of Australia’s leading dementia educators.

Dementia Essentials is a competency based, nationally accredited course. Uniquely tailored for people working with or supporting people with dementia in aged care, health care and community service settings, this training gives participants the knowledge, tools, capacity and confidence to provide the best possible care for people living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Australia CEO Maree McCabe said this national, collaborative approach is essential for meeting the needs of the growing number of people living with dementia across the country.

“There are currently over 350,000 Australians living with dementia. That number is expected to reach 900,000 by 2050. This rapid increase in prevalence will result in an ever growing demand across the nation for quality dementia-related services,” McCabe said.

Dementia Essentials participants will benefit from the most up-to-date, evidence-based dementia training, delivered in a coordinated, nationally consistent way. The knowledge and skills acquired will be translated into best practice on the ground, improving care and quality of life outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and carers.”

* Alzheimer’s Australia, in partnership with the Australian Dental Association, earlier this year launched an online series designed to help the dental profession better care for people living with dementia. More info here.

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