Caregiving and dementia/E-learning/Lectures
DTSC national E-learning lectures 
The lecture titles and additional details are listed below.
Yarning: The art of communicating with Aboriginal People 
Tuesday 31 July Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab Aboriginal Health Education and Research Unit, Curtin University Conversation is an important means of communication to share information, ideas and emotions. Different cultures have different rules,
New Initiatives in Community Dementia Care 
Tuesday 21 August 2012 Karen Malone –McCusker Nurse, ‘The McCusker Nurse Service’ Sarah White– Senior Project Officer –
Best Practice and Innovation in Dementia Care. A breakfast forum with Ita Buttrose AO, OBE 
Renowned communicator and Alzheimer’s Australia National President, Ita Buttrose AO, OBE will outline the role of public policy in influencing quality dementia care and the need for greater research and innovation into care.
Understanding Younger Onset Dementia 
14 June 2012 Dr Adrienne Withall
The Care and Treatment of People with Dementia 
Monday 28 May 2012 Professor Sube Banerjee, MBBS MD MSc FRCPsych Presented by Alzheimer’s Australia WA in partnership with the WA Dementia Training Study Centre and the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute. This public lecture recorded
Best Practice Pharmacy 
Wednesday 23 May 2012 Dr Kreshnik Hoti, Curtin University School of Pharmacy This lecture describes treatments available in dementia with a focus on medications that can worsen cognition. Dr Hoti also discusses the importance of monitoring medication
When do you stop living with dementia and start dying from it? 
10 May 2012 Video Conference Workshop originally broadcast through the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) Shannon Tassell, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Nurse Practitioner, The Pursuits Group This Workshop originally broadcast through the WA Country Health Service (WACHS)
A Gardner’s Guide to Culture Change in Dementia Care 
Thursday 26 April 2012 Jason Burton Manager, Research and Consultancy Services, Alzheimer’s Australia WA. A person centred approach to support people living with dementia requires an appropriate social and cultural environment as well as an appropriate
Dual Diagnosis and Complex Clinical Presentations for People With Dementia 
19 April 2012 Professor Brian Draper University of New South Wales (1 hour 25 minutes 41 seconds)
Medications and dementia 
Wednesday 21 March, 2012 Dr Nick Bretland, Rowethorpe Medical Centre. Older people are often prescribed multiple drugs to support their complex health needs. While medication can improve a person’s quality of life there may also be
Assessment of Dementia is more than Diagnosis 
22 November 2011 Professor Henry Brodaty University of New South Wales 1 hour 28 minutes 45 seconds
Naming the Elephants in the Room – Reflections on working in a multicultural dementia environment 
Wednesday 16th November, 2011 Mihaela Safta, Former Project Officer Multicultural Communities, Alzheimer’s Australia WA Cultural competence is an emerging field, with efforts to define and implement the principles of cultural competence still ongoing. While cultural competence
Changing Worlds – Moving to a relationship based philosophy of care 
Tuesday 25th October, 2011 Jason Burton, Manager, Research and Consultancy Services, Alzheimer’s Australia WA ‘Changing Worlds – Moving to a relationship based philosophy of care’ This seminar addresses the importance of the social environment to implementing
The Communities of Practice in Dementia project 
Wednesday 21st September, 2011 Associate Professor Chris Toye, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Curtin University From June 2010, until mid 2011, health professionals with a passion for enhancing best practice and care continuity for very frail
Creating Enabling Environments 
Tuesday 30th August, 2011 Jason Burton, manager, Research and Consultancy Services, Alzheimer’s Association WA There is a growing evidence base of the effect the built environment has on people living with dementia. This seminar discusses current
Dementia in Acute Care Settings: Assessing the Quality of Care of Older Persons 
18 August 2011 Professor Len Grey University of Queensland 1 hour 13 minutes 40 seconds
Assistive Technology for people with dementia 
Tuesday 5th July, 2011 Caroline Rey OT, Assistive Equipment Service, Independent Living Centre And Claire Morrisby, OT, Assistive Technology, Alzheimer’s Australia WA As the population of people with dementia increases and with advances in technology it
Dementia and Public Health 
21 June 2011 Dr Davie Lie Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane 1 hour 26 minutes 48 seconds
How to create an appropriate program for a younger person living with dementia 
Wednesday 15th June 2011 Tara Stringfellow, Early Intervention Coordinator; Marlene Grogan, Mary Chester Centre Coordinator and Hannah Tebbit, Younger Onset Dementia project Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Australia WA Current services are not always appropriate for this people with
Wednesday 25th May, 2011 Professor Barbara Horner Director, Centre for Research on Ageing Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute Professor Horner presents the findings of a research project which examined how people with dementia and their carers
End of life planning for people with dementia 
Public forum Tuesday, 19th April, 2011 Professor Colleen Cartwright Foundation Professor of Aged Services Director, Aged Services Unit, Southern Cross University This seminar is based on Professor Cartwright’s recent paper, ‘Planning for the end of life
Dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities:Assessment and Beyond 
16 March 2011 Dr Edward Strivens Cairns Base Hospital 1 hour 8 minutes 49 seconds
What is going on? Psychological assessment and intervention with people aged 55+ years with possible cognitive changes and/or emotional issues 
Tuesday 15th March, 2011 Geoff Jones, Registered Clinical Psychologist Moss Street Centre East Fremantle Medical Centre & Mandurah This presentation discusses the role of Clinical Psychologists in assessment of people concerned that they are experiencing memory
Dementia Prevention and Risk Reduction 
23 February 2011 Dr David Lie Princess Alexandra Hospital Brisbane 1 hour 30 minutes 54 seconds
Dementia and dementia care through an ethical lens 
Wednesday 23 February 2011 Associate Professor Stephan Millet Chair, Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee, Foundation Director Curtin Centre for Applied Ethics and Philosophy Dementia presents ethical challenges and also challenges the principles that underpin Western
Decisional Capacity 
9 November 2010 Prof Elizabeth Beattie Queensland University of Technology 1 hour 29 minutes
Taking it to the Streets: A Systems Approach to Implementing Interventions in Long-term Care 
28 September 2010 Dr Lou Burgio, University of Michigan 1 hour 14 minutes 29 seconds
Dementia and Risk: Contested Territories of Everyday Life 
19 August 2010 Prof Charlotte Clarke 57 minutes 18 seconds
1. Measuring quality of life for people with dementia 
Professor Barbara Horner 2010 Barbara discussed issues surrounding measuring quality of life for people with dementia by addressing the following questions:
What is ‘Quality of Life’? From whose perspective should quality of life be measured?…
2. Oral Health 
Clive Rogers – The Visiting Dentist 2010
Objectives/Presentation outline: Briefly discuss the nature of and current knowledge about two common oral diseases; tooth decay and gum disease. Introduction to the daily management care of tooth …
3. Younger Onset Dementia 
Tara Stringfellow – Early Intervention Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Australia WA 2010
Having a diagnosis of Younger Onset Dementia provides unique challenges. A younger person may be more physically and socially active in the community and yet …
4. Delirium: What is it, why is it important and what do we do about it? 
Malcolm Hare NM, Informatics Support, Nursing Research, Evaluation and Informatics, Fremantle Hospital, 2010
Delirium is a temporary disorder of cognition that affects all patient populations and can have devastating after-effects. It occurs in all health …
5. Secrets of Sleep 
Debbie Duignan, Senior Behaviour Consultant and Louise Jones, Behaviour Consultant Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) 2010
A practical presentation based on the work of behaviour consultants within DBMAS. An outline of the difficulties with …
6. Perspectives of quality of life among people with dementia living in the community and care facilities 
A/Prof Christopher Beer, A/Prof in Geriatric Medicine,University of Western Australia, Geriatrician and Clinical Pharmacologist and Pascalle Bosboom, Clinical Neuropsychologist, School of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, UWA, WA Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA) 2010
7. Prevention of Dementia 
Professor Leon Flicker WA Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA) Centre for Medical Research The University of Western Australia 2010
A summary of current evidence linking the development of Alzheimer’s Disease to some vascular and …
Amana Living First Support Service 
Sue Dicker and Pip Wharton 2009 Sue Dicker and Pip Wharton will present information on the First Support Service. Amana Living First Support Service is an innovative, early intervention model of service delivery that seeks to
Facilitating Change in Acute Care 
Pam Nichols 2009 Pam Nichols will discuss two inititives which focus on increasing knowledge and awareness for health care professionals working with people with dementia in the acute care environment. These initives are the Acute Care
Dementia Monitoring Program and Community Inclusion 
Wendy Francis from Perth Home Care Services 2009 Wendy Francis will outline the dementia monitoring program and discuss person centered planning using inclusion tools.
Dementia in Indigenous Rural, Remote Communities 
Dr Leon Flicker 2009 Dr Leon Flicker’s presentation will discuss the development, implementation and evaluation of Kimberley Indigenous Cognitive Assessment tool (KICA). The aim of the KICA was develop and validate a cognitive assessment and informant
Dementia and Restraint: Reducing the Use of Restraint in Residential Aged Care 
Jan Timmons 2009 Jan Timmons ‘s presentation focuses on strategies on reducing the use of restraints in residential care. Some of these strategies include:
- Review policies and procedures
- Making it more difficult to restrain
- Comprehensive assessments
Come and Talk with Me: Promoting Positive Communication Strategies in Dementia Care 
Jade Cartright 2009 Jade Cartwight will discuss how to understand the nature and extent of communication difficulties in dementia. She will then talk about applying a client centered care to communication management and discuss a range
Contemporary Extensions of the Person Centred Approach 
Geoff Jones 2009 Geoff Jones will discuss about a person centered approach to care and debate its implications to practice. Geoff will review three extensions to relationship centred care and their implications for practice. In particular
A Palliative Approach for People who have Dementia 
Associate Professor Chris Toye 2009 This presentation will describe using a palliative approach to care for someone living with dementia. Chris Toye will also discuss how to obtain the best possible palliative outcomes for people and
Vascular Dementia 
Liz Graham 2009 Liz Graham will present information about vascular dementia. She will initially focus on the progression of the disease and how it develops in a stepwise fashion. Liz will then discuss the management of
Mobility Strategies and Safe Handling of People with Dementia 
Veronica Naughton, Senior Occupational Therapist, Independent Living Centre 2009 Veronica discusses the physical and behavioral changes that occur when someone is living with dementia.Â She discusses some of the barriers to mobility and Veronica describes some
The Effect of Environmental Change on People with Dementia 
Lynne Hedley – Manager, DBMAS 2009 Lynne Hedley will present strategies that could be used to plan admission for a person into a new environment. She will also identify the loss that a person may experience
Exercise for the prevention and management of dementia 
Professor Rob Newton 2009 Rob Newton will present information concerning the positive impact that exercise can have not only on the management but also prevention of dementia. Rob will explain how exercise improves both the psychological
Dementia or Delirium or Depression 
Dr Nick Bretland 2009 Dr Nick Bretland will discuss the differences in presentation and management of dementia, delirium and depression. Dr Bretland will explore each of the above conditions and discuss both their medical and nursing
Adapting Assessment Techniques 
Flo Munro 2009 Flo Munro will discuss adapting assessments techniques to suit the needs of people living with dementia. She will promote thought about how to ensure that the people with dementia in care receive adequate
Associate Professor Dianne Wynaden RN, PhD 2009 Dianne Wynaden will discuss how over 50% of delirium cases remain undiagnosed resulting in large financial and emotional costs to both the organisation and the family. Dianne discusses the risk
The impact of the Environment on Behaviour; It doesn’t cost much to make a change 
Speakers: Karen Malone and Louise Jones 2009 Karen and Louise work as behaviour consultants with the WA Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS). In their presentation they discuss various issues related to the potential impact of
Treating the Symptoms of Dementia 
Saloni Shah 2009 Using a case scenario as a basis, Saloni talks about different ways of treating dementia symptoms. Specific issues covered include:
- Non-pharmacological strategies
- Cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine: their benefits and effectiveness
- The importance
Pain and Behaviour in Persons with Dementia 
Thomas Fischer 2009 In this seminar, a joint initiative between WADTSC and the AAG (WA), Thomas Fischer speaks about a range of issues related to pain, its assessment and management, drawing on relevant research evidence
Restraint across the Aged Care Spectrum 
Philippa Wharton 2009 Philippa provides an overview of restraint, including its use historically and currently. Various alternatives to the use of restraint are also considered, and some case scenarios presented. Specific topics covered in the
Elder Abuse & Advocacy 
Speakers: Anne Pike, Dianne Barker and Melissa Jones 2009 Anne, Dianne and Melissa discuss a variety of issues related to elder abuse, with a focus on people with dementia. A number of case studies are presented
Dementia: An Overview of Assessment & Management for Health Professionals 
Dr Maria Foundas 2009 Dr Maria Foundas is a Consultant Physician at Royal Perth Hospital and delivers an overview of dementia management. Specifically she discussed:
Overview of Dementia 
Neuroanatomy and functional correlates Dementia subtypes Assessment … Delirium – What is it and What do we do about it?
Malcolm Hare 2009 Malcolm Hare discusses the assessment and management of delirium and discusses:
- What is delirium and what are the risk factors
- How to differentiate delirium from depression and dementia
- Use of the Confusion
Self Care for Health Professionals: Looking after yourself 
Speakers: Jo Bower and Arianne Cummins 2009 Jo and Arianne talk about the importance of self care for health care professionals and discuss:
- Why self care is important
- How to resist and manage messages of stress
Dementia and Continence Care 
Dee Sutcliff 2009 Dee discusses incontinence with people living with dementia and specifically:
- Describes what is meant by continence care
- Describes the effects of dementia on bladder and bowel function, including incontinence
- Lists ways in
Assistive Technology: Who are we assisting? 
26 February 2009 Professor Barbara Horner Barbara Horner discussed the use of assistive technology (AT) and listed some of its benefits:
Assist health care professionals to manage data and improve communication Assist in the monitoring and …
Guest lectures, Knowledge transfer 
To access these lectures, go to: Guest lecture series, NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre
Cultural Diversity and Dementia: Promises and Pitfalls in our Understandings 
- Dr Chris Shanley and Yvonne Santalucia
- Understanding the impact of a person’s cultural background is a crucial aspect of providing high quality dementia care. This presentation will give a brief overview of research that has occurred on this topic in Australia, outline key findings from this research and explore some of the hazards and limitations in our current understandings. The presentation will also outline some current initiatives, including the work of the National Cross Cultural Dementia Network.
The Early Detection of Vascular Cognitive Impairment 
- Professor Henry Weinstein
- Professor Weinstein is lead researcher in an Amsterdam project that promotes the better control of patients with hypertension in general practice, to determine whether targeting a specific vascular risk factor will prevent or slow-down in cognitive decline and dementia; and, whether such an intervention is efficacious. In addition, an exercise program is part of the regime of better management of hypertension within this cohort study. Prof Weinstein will enlighten us on the progress of the project to date. He will also discuss his ideas on “A new concept of senile dementia and the importance of vascular risk factors and other life style factors impacting on cognitive decline”.
- Professor Weinstein will discuss how several international cohort studies have shown that vascular risk factors including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, obesity, smoking and lack of physical exercise in midlife and, to a lesser extent in late life, are associated with an increased risk of dementia.
What difference does the environment make to the wellbeing of people with dementia: New research, a new approach to the assessment of the environment and an international comparison 
- Professor Richard Fleming, 12 October, 2011
- Professor Fleming will report on the results of recent research which throws new light on the contribution that the environment makes to the lives of people with dementia in residential aged care. He will go on to compare Australian dementia specific facilities with the best in Norway, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of both.
- Participants will be invited to try out a new, and relatively exciting, way of assessing residential care facilities.
- Link to lecture recording, UoW
- More details
Dementia and Retirement from Driving: People with Dementia and their Carers Critique Available Tools 
- Cathie Andrew, Associate Professor Victoria Traynor and Dr John Carmody
- Driving is a complex task demanding cognitive and physical skills which can be compromised by dementia. Some people are reluctant to accept decisions made about the need to retire from driving. This lecture will discuss the findings of a study conducted by Cathie Andrew, Associate Professor Victoria Traynor and Professor Don Iverson, which sought to identify appropriate elements to include in a decisional support resource to enhance acceptance of potential driving retirement for drivers with dementia.
Palliative and End of Life Care for People with Dementia: Some Ethical and Practice Issues 
- Dr Fiona Kelly, University of Stirling
- Dr Fiona Kelly is a lecturer at the Dementia Services Development Centre, University of Stirling, Scotland; teaching on the Post Graduate Cert/Dip/MSc distance learning programme in dementia studies. She is also a practicing nurse and has cared for people with dementia for the past 18 years. She has a strong commitment to improving practice in the support and care of people with dementia, in particular those who live in long term care.
The Psychologist’s Role on the Care of People with Dementia 
- Dr Deborah Koder
- Dr Deborah Koder has spent over 20 years working exclusively with older clients. Her main research and clinical interest is in applying cognitive behavioural techniques to older people. She has a private practice in Northern Sydney and also works in an aged care rehabilitation hospital.
- There is increasing awareness of the role of psychological factors in the assessment and management of dementia. Dr Deborah Koder will speak about the use of psychotherapy, including cognitive behaviour therapy, with this population, as well as an approach to the management of challenging behaviours in dementia. Opportunities for psychologist in aged care will also be discussed.
Researching and Delivering Humour in Dementia Care 
- Dr Peter Spitzer
- Dr Peter Spitzer is the Founding Chairman, Medical Director and a co-founder of The Humour Foundation, a national charity in Australia. The Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctor program currently has 55 Clown Doctors who visit paediatric as well as general hospitals in all states in Australia. In hospitals he operates as Dr Fruit-Loop prescribing smiles, dispensing mirth and often leaving his patients in stitches.
- Dr Spitzer is also the principal in a general medical practice in Bowral in New South Wales Australia. He initiated and travelled with fellow Clown Doctors to war-torn East Timor in 2000. In 2002, Dr Spitzer spent 3 months in USA, UK and Europe on a Churchill Fellowship Scholarship ‘To study overseas-based clown doctor programs and their impact on the health care system’.
- In 2003 he developed the LaughterBoss concept in aged care and presented this at ‘The 1st National Conference on Challenging Depression in Aged Care’ in Sydney, Australia.
- Dr Spitzer is involved in a landmark, 3-year (2009 -2011) NH&MRC-funded SMILE (Sydney Multisite Intervention of LaughterBosses and ElderClowns) Study to research the impact of humour therapy in dementia care.
- This presentation reviews the NHMRC - funded SMILE Study 2009 - 2011: A randomised controlled trial of humour therapy in residential care. Practical aspects of introducing performing artists and engaging healthcare staff are also be discussed.
Dementia and Hypertension Workshop 
- Michael Venezuela
- The Illawarra Division of General Practice received funding from NSW Health to implement a GP Dementia Risk Reduction Project in local general practices. The project aims to educate GPs and PNs in general practice settings on the link between hypertension (high blood pressure) and dementia in the 45-64 year age group, encourage the application of blood pressure screening with this target group and the implementation of strategies with patients that seek to avoid or minimise the risk of hypertension and dementia over the long term. This lecture was delivered by the Illawarra Division of General Practice in partnership with the NSW / ACT DTSC.
'Specialling' and Older People with Dementia and/or Delirium: Exploring the Evidence Base for Practice 
- Professor Jan Dewing
- Professor Dewing joined the School of Nursing Midwifery and Indigenous Health at the University of Wollongong in 2008 in a post that is part of a partnership between the University and Uniting AgedCare South Eastern Region. Professor Dewing leads the 'Aspire to Inspire Person-centred Culture Practice Development Program'.
- In the UK Professor Dewing works between East Sussex Health Care NHS Trust and Canterbury Christchurch University (England) as Head of/Professor of Person-centred Research and Practice Development focusing on mutually beneficially initiatives that bring desired outcomes for both organisations and ultimately for the patient 's experience of care and patient safety.
- In many general hospital and aged care settings ‘specialling’ or special observation is a common practice activity. This lecture is presented by Professor Jan Dewing, Visiting Professor Aged Care and Practice Development University of Wollongong. Professor Dewing summarises the state of current published research on special observations in regard to older persons with dementia and/or delirium and also makes recommendations for practice.
Educating Doctors and Nurses on How to Recognise and Manage Dementia: Successes and Failures 
- Professor Dimity Pond
- Professor Pond has been a speaker at many national and international conferences. She has both practical experience as a current general practitioner in clinical practice, and a history of research grants and publications in general practice research. She has focused her research on dementia, depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and has taken a particular interest in developing and evaluating strategies for improving the way in which GPs and practice nurses recognise dementia and help people manage it.
- In this lecture, Professor Pond describes some of the successful strategies that have been developed as a result of her work and allows us to learn from the experience gained with one or two less successful efforts.
Dementia and Mess: Guidelines Regarding Intervention 
- Dr John Snowdon
- Imagine a reclusive elderly person living alone in a dilapidated filthy house. The home is cluttered with rubbish and infested with vermin. Excrement and decomposing food are strewn around the floors and the stench emanating is unbearable to all but the occupant, who is blissfully unconcerned by the situation.
- What do you do, especially when the person is living with dementia?
Dementia in Special Needs Groups 
Lecture 1 - Dementia in Indigenous People: Risk Factors and Service Development 
- Dr. Simon Chalkley
- The life journey of indigenous people exposes them to a variety of risks associated with the development of dementia. This lecture describes those risks and the plans that are being made to build capacity to reduce them. Dr. Simon Chalkley, MBBF, FRACP, PhD. is a physician, specialist geriatrician and consultant endocrinologist working in the Prince of Wales Hospital and in the aboriginal clinic at la Perouse. He has extensive experience in providing care to chronically ill indigenous people, especially those with dementia.
Lecture 2 - Lost Before Translation: Dementia and Persons from CALD Backgrounds 
- Dr. Lee-Fay Low
- Are persons from CALD backgrounds more at risk of getting dementia? What are the challenges (and possible solutions) for management of these persons? This lecture addresses these questions and many others. Dr. Lee-Fay Low (BSc Psych (Hons), PhD) is an NHMRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre for Assessment and Better Care Outcomes at UNSW. She leads the Community Care research node.
Lecture 3 - Younger Onset Dementia 
- Dr Adrienne Withall
- There is a growing awareness of the plight of people with early onset dementia but services are yet to catch up with their needs. This lecture explores those needs. Dr Adrienne Withall is a Research Fellow at the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre for Assessment and Better Care based at the University of New South Wales.
Person-Centred Care as Caring for Country 
- Faye McMillan, David Kampers and Dr Victoria Traynor
- The Lecture presents a model of person centred dementia care with relevancy for Indigenous communities in Australia. This model adds new dimensions to existing person centred care models. The model was built from an acknowledgement that practitioners need to understand healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by exploring the inequities of health in Australia and by appreciating the ‘two worlds’ we live within. Within the model, there is an explicit acknowledgement of the importance of Country for health and explaining the impact of dementia on Community. The Lecture will explore how using this new model can provide insight into dementia within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities.
Technology Assists People with Dementia: Science Fiction, Wishful Thinking or Fact? 
- Professor Richard Fleming
- The Primary Dementia Collaborative Research Centre has supported a systematic review of the assistive technology literature looking specifically for evidence of the positive effects of assistive technology on improving independence, safety and security, communication and carer support and providing therapeutic interventions for people with dementia. Richard Fleming describes the findings of this review and identifies those technologies which may have direct application to current practice.
The NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre and Knowledge Translation 
- Professor Richard Fleming & Dr Tom White
- Richard Fleming and Tom White explore the relationships between the NSW/ACT DTSC, the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, the aged and health care sectors and all those trained and training health or aged care professionals who need to be informed about developments in the care of people with dementia. The challenge of translating knowledge into practice is described and the audience is invited to offer advice.