Sexualities and Dementia – Workshop in Adelaide, SA

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28 Sep 2017

Prejudicial attitudes of an asexual older population exist among health professionals. Besides a societal belief that sexual needs and behaviour are only for those who are “cognitively intact”, there is also a lack of regard for the concerns of non-heterosexual people with dementia.

Sexual expression by people with dementia within an aged care context is a confronting and challenging issue for service providers and health professionals. Join Dr Cindy Jones for a workshop designed especially for health professionals and aged care workers, to enhance awareness and understanding of sexualities for people living with dementia.


This workshop is part of a national series:

Date: Thursday 28 September 2017    Adelaide, SA

Date: Thursday 19 October 2017         Darwin, NT

Dr Cindy Jones

Dr Cindy Jones is a Research Fellow with Menzies Health Institute (QLD), Centre for Health Practice Innovation (HPI). . The focus of her work includes an exploration of relationships in long-term care; expression of sexualities by older people; and quality of and evidence-based dementia care. This work is being developed around the key areas of knowledge transfer and workforce training and development. In 2013, Dr. Jones has developed the Sexualities and Dementia: An Online Education Resource for Health Professionals, funded by the Department of Health and Ageing (via the former Queensland Dementia Training Study Centre).

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the importance of expression of sexuality for a person with dementia
  • Develop understanding of sexualities for people living with dementia and the challenges for health professionals and service providers
  • Increase awareness about the sexual risks to people with dementia
  • Enhance knowledge regarding the rights for persons with dementia to make decisions about sexualities, intimacy and physical relationships
Knowledge Translation Outcomes
  • Increase awareness and understanding of the intimate and sexual needs of person with dementia
  • Foster Agreement with principles of care which value persons with dementia and intimacy preferences
  • Enable adoption of knowledge into practice via practical tools and strategies in place

Professional Value

7 continuing development hours (CPD)

Registration for this workshop is only open to those in target occupations listed above.

Email: dta@qut.edu.au

Phone: 07 3138 3822


Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, Queensland, Australia

  • Person Judith Harrison

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