Dementia is a condition health professionals will encounter in a range of care settings. This 3-part course is designed to provide you with an introduction to dementia, diagnosis and treatment and support strategies for both the person with dementia and their carer.
Good Communication skills are essential in providing support to people living with dementia and their carer. Within this 3-part course we will explore communication for people living with dementia and the influence of the people within the support relationship to promote positive communication.
Person-centred practice is an approach that has evolved over time to become an expectation for service delivery. Although the term person-centred has become common language, do we truly provide person-centred support? This 5-part course explores the elements of person-centred practice through a person-centred practice framework. We will encourage you to reflect on your current practice and provide strategies to improve and enhance your practice.
Many people living with dementia will experience behaviours associated with dementia. These behaviours include aggression, agitation and delusions. They can be distressing and impact on the wellness of the person with dementia, as well as those caring for them. There are many reasons as to why these behaviours occur. This 3-part course is designed to provide you with an understanding of behaviours through a problem solving approach and explore effective strategies to help prevent or minimise the impact of behaviour.
Although the risk of developing dementia increases with age and most people living with dementia are over the age of 65, younger people can also be diagnosed. The term ‘Younger Onset Dementia’ is used to describe any form of dementia in a person under 65 years of age. This 3-part course aims to increase your awareness of the unique and often complex issues involved when a young person is diagnosed with dementia, the impact it has on their life and how they are their care partners are best supported. This module has been funded by NSW Family and Community Services.
This is the first in a number of exciting new short courses being released in 2017. This course will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and will provide you with links to further resources and a certificate of completion. It aims to raise your awareness of the prevalence of pain in residential aged care, identify some of the common associated causes and considers how to effectively identify and manage pain for people living with dementia.
People with dementia are major consumers of hospital services, largely because dementia is a condition that commonly affects older people who are more likely to have other chronic health conditions. This short course considers the journey through the hospital system for a person with dementia, taking into account some of the potential associated risks and possible barriers to quality support. It also prompts workplace reflection and provides practical support strategies.