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Dementia in Diverse Groups Symposium – Launceston, TAS

24 Jun 2019

This two day symposium consists of six two-hour workshops which each focus on the unique needs of individual groups of people living with dementia.

DAY 1

Monday 24th June

DAY 2

Tuesday 25th June

People with Younger Onset Dementia
8.00 am – 10.30am

 

 

Homelessness and dementia
11.00am – 1.00pm

 

People who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex and dementia
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Dementia in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations
8.00 am – 10.30am

 

Dementia among veterans
11.00am – 1.00pm

 

Resources to support care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia
2.00pm – 4.00pm

More about each workshop

You can attend any of the six workshops running during the course of the two days.  It is essential that you register for each workshop you would like to attend.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have an awareness and understanding of the following.

  • What is Younger Onset Dementia (prevalence, statistics, symptoms and diagnosis)
  • Why the human rights, dignity and enablement of risk is important for a person living with Younger Onset Dementia
  • Dementia-enablement and resources
  • Wellbeing versus ‘ill-being’ symptoms
  • The need for sensitivity to people living with a diagnosis of Younger Onset Dementia, and the family issues and needs of people both financially and socially
  • Why communication and language is important
  • Case support and the interdisciplinary approach to care

There will also be a practical activity and a translation of advanced care planning utilising an assessment tool.

This workshop will increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of people who are (or have been) homeless and are living with dementia.  It will assist participants to respond appropriately to people living with dementia and support them effectively, especially in residential aged care.

Workshop objectives:

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  • Describe the most common forms of dementia associated with homelessness
  • Identify the most appropriate cognitive screening approach and tools
  • Describe the characteristics of high quality residential  aged care for people with dementia who are homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless)
  • Identify services for homeless people with dementia and know how to access them
  • Identify the gaps in services that need to be addressed.

This workshop will explore who LGBTI people are, their lived experience and discrimination. It will cover the decades of history, LGBTI people in the context of dementia, and identify inclusive dementia and aged care services.

Workshop objectives:

  • Understand who LGBTI people are, including terminology (sexuality and language)
  • Identify the types and level of discrimination impacting LGBTI people
  • Identify social and legislative changes in Australia
  • Understand the experience of LGBTI people living with dementia, and their partners
  • Identify strategies for inclusive care of LGBTI people living with dementia, and their partners
  • Identify and source resources to help implement LGBTI-inclusive aged care/dementia services

This workshop aims to raise awareness about older people from CALD backgrounds with dementia in Australia, and their service use.

Participants will hear about demographics, factors influencing dementia care amongst CALD populations, and recent research and resources relevant to the topic. The workshop will also include discussion of barriers and enablers to care and provide practical strategies for care.

Workshop objectives:

  • Understand the characteristics of the current older population who were born overseas
  • Understand cultural factors related to dementia amongst older people born in CALD countries
  • Gain an overview of evidence based strategies to work with older people from CALD backgrounds who are living with dementia or experiencing the impact of dementia.

This two-hour workshop aims to raise awareness about veterans with dementia in Australia and their use of services.

Workshop objectives:

Participants will have an increased awareness of:

  • The latest research on PTSD and dementia
  • The impact of being a veteran on mood disorders in later life
  • The role of alcohol for some veterans in managing mental health issues and the consequences
  • Some of the latest research on traumatic brain injury and dementia
  • Barriers and enablers to quality care
  • Assessment tools and strategies
  • Where to go for further information/training (national and state-based)

Aboriginal people have unique experiences and beliefs that may be quite different to non Aboriginal Australians. To assist health professionals caring for Aboriginal people living with dementia, this workshop will give a brief overview of dementia in an Aboriginal context and showcase six resources that may be useful in practice.

The six resources have been developed with Federal Government funding and in consultation with appropriate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island representatives. Group activities using the resources are included as part of the workshop to demonstrate how they may be used in practice.

Workshop objectives:

  • A brief overview of dementia in the Aboriginal context
  • Describe the features and use of tools and resources that promote health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people living with dementia
  • Describe strategies to maximise the impact of the resources and tools to be discussed

You can attend any of the six workshops running over the course of the two days. It is essential that you register for each workshop you would like to attend. Complimentary tea and coffee will be provided. Several cafes can also be found within a short walking distance from the venue.

Email: r.brown@latrobe.edu.au

Phone: (03) 9479 6004

  • Registrations Open: 08 May 2019
  • Registrations Close: 21 Jun 2019
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Peppers Seaport Hotel, Seaport Boulevard, Launceston TAS, Australia

  • Person Rebecca Brown
  • Address Peppers Seaport Hotel, 28 Seaport Boulevard, Launceston TAS 7250

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