University of Newcastle medicine student, Tara Kannan, has been announced as a winner of this year’s National Dementia Storytelling Competition, an annual awareness initiative run by Dementia Training Australia (DTA) to improve the care of people living with dementia.

“Salutogenesis is a novel model of care that focuses on optimising wellbeing through developing health literacy, self-management skills and a desire to live. Currently, the medical field is dominated by pathogenesis, which is a model focused on the origins of disease and treatment with medication and surgery.

“My article explores the definition of the salutogenic model, its origins and its implications for dementia in our global community. From music therapy to culturally sensitive salutogenic approaches such as Tai Chi and India’s traditional board games, early uses of the salutogenic model across the globe have proven effective in dementia care.” Tara said.

tara kannan dementia storytelling competition winner

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The University of Newcastle

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Salutogenesis, DTA's Salutogenic Approach to dementia care

DTA’ Salutogenic Approach

A ‘salutogenic’ approach is one that focuses on factors that support health and wellbeing, beyond a more traditional, ‘pathogenic’ focus on risk and problems. This approach is widely used around the world – in health, education, workplaces, architectural design – and we believe it has enormous relevance in dementia care.