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WA Dementia Training Study Centre for Health Care Professionals

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The WA DTSC holds various dementia workshops throughout the year in order to:

  • Provide information based on current Australian and international research and practice
  • provide practical and accurate information on topics of dementia care that are of interest and can be applied in the workplace; and
  • give participants the opportunity to network with your colleagues.

These sessions are focused on the needs of health professionals caring for people with dementia. They are offered in both the Perth metropolitan area and rural locations, on a half-day, 1-day or sometimes 2-day basis. Most workshops are run in collaboration with other organizations and facilitated by recognised experts in their field.

Can't find what you need or would like to suggest a future workshop/training topic? Please contact us at WA DTSC with your suggestions.

Dementia Workshops for 2010

  1. Understanding Changing Behaviours: Dementia Training in the Pilbara
    Pilbara TAFE, South Hedland Campus, Hamilton Road, South Hedland
    Tuesday 10 August 2010, 8.30am to 4.30pm
    • The WA Dementia Training Study Centre (WA DTSC) in conjunction with the Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) will be holding a one day dementia workshop in South Hedland from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Tuesday 10 August 2010. The workshop will focus on the reasons why people act and react in ways that are difficult to understand and practical ways to respond to these behaviours in the workplace. The workshop will be interactive and address current concerns experienced by participants.
  2. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Workshop:
    Culturally Sensitive Dementia Care

    Monday 30 August 2010, 8.30am to 4.30pm
    Seminar Room 1 at the Technology Park Function Centre, corner of Hayman Road and Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley
    • The WA Dementia Training Study Centre (WA DTSC) and Independent Living Centre Multicultural Aged Care Service (ILC MACS) are holding a one day workshop to provide information and training on supporting people from CALD backgrounds who are living with dementia.
      Heather Freegard, Occupational Therapist, WA DTSC and Eva Mwakichako, Resource and Education Training Coordinator, ILC MACS will facilitate and at the completion of the workshop participants will be able to:
      • Explain how social and cultural factors influence how dementia is defined and diagnosed.
      • Discuss the experience of dementia for the person living with dementia, their family, friends and carers.
      • Discuss how social and cultural factors influence how the person living with dementia and their families access support and interact with service workers.
      • Develop culturally appropriate person centred care for people living with dementia in residential care settings.
      • Discuss ways to create a harmonious, respectful workplace which acknowledges the diversity of its workforce.
  3. Creative Approaches to Dementia Care Workshop
    Thursday 28 October 2010
    Seminar Room One, Technology Park Function Centre
    Corner Hayman Road and 2 Brodie Hall Drive, Bentley
    • The one day workshop will provide practical, interactive information which can easily be adapted in the workplace.  Health professionals working in an acute, residential or community setting are encouraged to attend, particularly those caring for people with dementia.
      Paul Richards, Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, Janice Nockolds, Occupational Therapist, Ability Plus, Peta Paton, retailer, Box and Dice, Louise Jones, Occupational Therapist DBMAS, Claire Morrisby, Occupational Therapist will facilitate and at the completion of the workshop participants will be able to:
      • Explain how performance against the Standards is assessed through the Accreditation process;
      • Describe the types of activity resources that are available and how they may be modified to meet specific needs;
      • Identify how you can make a difference in providing a person centered care environment in your work area;
      • State the indicators of Wellbeing and how it can be measured.