National Dementia Storytelling Competition

National Dementia Storytelling Competition

2nd Year

1ST

Tara Kannan

tara kannan dementia storytelling competition winner

Bachelor of Medical Science & Doctor of Medicine

University of Newcastle

Entry Title:
Mind over matter

Medium:
Essay

2ND

Denise Edwards

Bachelor of Dementia Care

University of Tasmania

Entry Title:
Residential care, but not as we know it

Medium:
Essay

3RD

Kate Galtos

Bachelor of Dementia Care

University of Tasmania

Entry Title:
Salutogenesis and living well with dementia: a family care-givers’ story

Medium:
Presentation

3rd Year

1ST

Matthew Boom

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

University of Canberra

Entry Title:
Maintaining adventure in dementia

Medium:
Infographic

2ND

Gina Macleod

Bachelor of Medical Science & Doctor of Medicine

Monash University

Entry Title:
Margie’s tale

Medium:
Essay

3RD

Danielle Dyce

Bachelor of Dementia Care

University of Tasmania

Entry Title:
A salutogenic approach to dementia care

Medium:
Video

Meet the winners and see their entries

tara kannan dementia storytelling competition winner

  1ST PRIZE   |  2nd Year

Tara Kannan

Bachelor of Medical Science & Doctor of Medicine
University of Newcastle

Tara Kannan is a medical student at the University of Newcastle. Tara’s interest in dementia was sparked through her volunteer work in a nursing home. Her winning entry Mind over matter explores the definition of the salutogenic model, its origins and its implications for dementia in our global community.

TARA’S
WINNING ENTRY

Mind over matter

Medium:
Essay

  2ND PRIZE   |  2nd Year

Denise Edwards

Bachelor of Dementia Care
University of Tasmania

Denise Edwards is studying a Bachelor of Dementia Care at the University of Tasmania and working full-time at an aged care provider. Denise wrote the story Residential care but not as we know it: a salutogenic approach to caring for people living with dementia, and how residential care can support a life that is understandable, manageable and meaningful in the hope that at it will inspire politicians, aged care providers and others to think more creatively about environments for people living with dementia. She is inspired by her father (pictured) who is 91 and not living with dementia.

DENISE’S
WINNING ENTRY

Residential care, but not as we know it

Medium:
Essay

  3RD PRIZE   |  2nd Year

Kate Galtos

Bachelor of Dementia Care
University of Tasmania

Kate Galtos is studying a Bachelor of Dementia Care at the University of Tasmania. Her multi-media presentation is titled Salutogenesis and living well with dementia: a family care giver’s story. Kate is a key care partner for her father living with dementia, and an active advocate for others. She strives to remind us all of the importance of listening to people living with dementia, their families and care partners.

KATES’S
WINNING ENTRY

Salutogenesis and living well with dementia: a family care-givers’ story

Medium: 
Presentation

Note: Viewing this entry requires software that supports viewing Powerpoint Presentations

  1ST PRIZE   |  3rd Year

Matthew Boom

Bachelor of Physiotherapy,
University of Canberra

Matthew Boom is studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. Matthew’s poster Maintaining adventure with dementia is about how physiotherapy can promote salutogenesis. His interest in dementia started while working with elderly people in residential care in 2014, and he continues to work in residential aged care while he studies physiotherapy. “Working closely with older people opened my eyes to the missed opportunities to improve people’s lives through the known benefits of physiotherapy, particularly those with dementia, whose needs are often overlooked,” he says

MATTHEW’S
WINNING ENTRY

Maintaining adventure in dementia

Medium: 
Infographic

  2ND PRIZE   |  3rd Year

Gina Macleod

Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine,
Monash University

Gina Macleod is studying a Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine at Monash University. Her entry Margie’s tale: a reflection upon the importance of salutogenesis in dementia care reflects her interest in holistic approaches to dementia management. “My time within the clinical environment this year has been challenging, albeit very enjoyable, and I am grateful for the numerous opportunities I have received to become involved in patient-centred care,” she says.

GINA’S
WINNING ENTRY

Margie’s tale

Medium: 
Essay

  3RD PRIZE   |  3rd Year

Danielle Dyce

Bachelor of Dementia Care,
University of Tasmania

Danielle Dyce is studying a Bachelor of Dementia Care at the University of Tasmania. Her video A salutogenic approach to dementia care is about providing residents with opportunities to “be themselves and continue enjoying life”. Danielle has worked in aged care for more than 20 years, and has experienced dementia from a family perspective. She is currently working as a dementia care program coordinator in a dementia specific unit that follows a household model of care: “We aim to give every resident the best day possible every day they are living with us.”

WATCH DANIELLE’S
WINNING ENTRY

A salutogenic approach to dementia care.

Medium:
Video

We asked students of any discipline to explore a ‘salutogenic’ approach to caring for people with dementia. The topic:

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

Students could choose a medium of their choice to tell a story… essay, short story, video, short film, animation or infographic!

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

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.

National Dementia Storytelling Competition