Dementia affects close to half a million Australians. That number is set to double in the next 25 years. If we are to prepare for this increase, it is vital we clear up some of the prevailing misconceptions about dementia.
Greater awareness of dementia and how to support people impacted by dementia, will help lift the standard of care and reduce the examples of discrimination people living with dementia have reported experiencing across the health system.
The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has highlighted the need for dementia education in the aged care sector. If you manage staff in residential aged care settings, the Dementia Practice Health Check is the first step to assessing the quality of your dementia care and whether your facility meets the Aged Care Quality Standards.
In any healthcare and care setting, there are practical things you can do for people living with dementia to support their inclusion and engagement. Read our quick and simple tips for making your practice more dementia-friendly or read through our more extensive resources curated for professionals.
As a leading provider of professional dementia education, recognised for the use of innovative technology to improve learning outcomes, Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning also has a wide range of tools and programs for organisations and staff supporting people living with dementia.