National Dementia Storytelling Competition

Undergraduate students can help make a difference and win prizes up to $2,000.

Entries close on Friday 6 April

You can choose your medium to tell a story… essay, short story, video, short film, animation or infographic! 

Make a difference today

Almost half a million Australians are living with dementia and we believe a new approach is needed.

In this competition we are asking students of any discipline to explore a ‘salutogenic’ approach to caring for people with dementia.

This is a new approach in dementia care, focusing on factors that support health and wellbeing, and opportunities for a person with dementia to live a full life.

Second and third year undergraduate students are invited to submit entries. Last time more than 17 different fields of study were represented including occupational therapy, psychology, marketing, medicine, nutrition and design.

Who should enter?

2nd and 3rd year undergraduate students enrolled in an Australian university.

Prizes

Each of the prizes will be awarded in both 2nd and 3rd year streams

PLUS the first 100 submissions will receive a one-year subscription to the Australian Journal of Dementia Care.

Topic

A ‘salutogenic’ approach to caring for people living with dementia: how my discipline can support a life that is manageable, understandable and meaningful.

Dates

Entries accepted between Monday 4 December 2017 and Friday 6 April 2018.

How to enter

  1. Create your multi-media entry, based on this year’s topic
  2. Complete the entry form
  3. Upload or supply a link to your entry by 11:59pm AEDT Friday 6 April 2018.

FAQ’s

Second and third year undergraduate students at any Australian university are invited to apply.

2nd year – someone who has completed their first year of study and will be a second year student in 2018.

3rd year – someone who has completed 2 years of study and will be a third year student in 2018.

  1. Create your multi-media entry, based on this year’s topic
  2. Complete the entry form
  3. Upload or supply a link to your entry

You can get creative! Write an essay or short story, create an animation, short film, video or infographic…

Salutogenesis means ‘sources of health’ from the Latin word ‘salus’ (health) and the Greek word ‘genesis’ (source).

Salutogenesis is a new approach in dementia care, focusing on factors that support health and wellbeing, and shifting away from a more traditional, ‘pathogenic’ focus on risk and problems.

Read more.

11:59pm AEDT, Friday 6 April 2018.

Entries in the 2017 competition will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • compelling storytelling in chosen media
  • demonstrated understanding of salutogenesis
  • clear interpretation of complex subject matter
  • content and context (the extent to which the story can be applied to dementia care)

Yes! Last year, more than 17 different fields of study were represented including occupational therapy, psychology, social work, medicine, marketing, nutrition and dietetics, paramedicine, pharmacy, biomedical science, dementia care, design and diversional therapy.

The first 100 entries will receive a free submission to the Australian Journal of Dementia Care, worth $99 a year. The first prize is $2000, second prize is $1000, and third prize is $500. Each prize is awarded in both second and third year streams.

More Information

Judging criteria
Terms & Conditions

Email: dta@uow.edu.au 
Call: (02) 4221 5555

Ready to get creative and make a difference to people with dementia?

2016 Winners

Topic: How can your discipline improve the care and wellbeing of people with dementia?

Tegan Bewick

Bachelor of Science (Nursing)
Edith Cowan University, WA

“Nurses can make a difference: caring for those living with dementia”

Danica Zhan

Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
University of Queensland

“Don’t forget the teeth: how can the dental discipline improve the care and wellbeing of people with dementia?”