2017 National Dementia Storytelling Competition.

Calling undergraduate students to get creative and make a difference to people with dementia.

Entries are now open for the 2017 National Dementia Storytelling Competition.

You can write an essay or short story, or create a video, short film, animation or infographic!

Get creative.

This is a national dementia awareness initiative, run by Dementia Training Australia.

Students will be asked to explore the concept of ‘salutogenesis’ in a medium of their choice.

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

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.

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 Sunday 25 February 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 25 February 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, Sunday 25 February 2018. The winners will be announced in March.

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”

Danika Zhan

Bachelor of Dental Science (Honours)
University of Queensland

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