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The Australian Journal of Dementia Care is a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and residential care homes, day units and the community. The journal is committed to improving the quality of care provided for people with dementia, by keeping readers abreast of news and views, research, developments, practice and training issues.

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In this Issue: April/May 2018

Australian Journal of Dementia Care - April/May 2018


How to create a dementia-friendly pharmacy

Amanda Bryce explains how her Perth pharmacy is one of the first in Australia to champion dementia-friendly initiatives and why other community pharmacies – the ‘hidden heroes of the healthcare system’ – should do likewise


The Lantern Project: shining a light on food in aged care

The Lantern Project aims to improve mealtime and dining experiences for residents in aged care settings, in response to the unacceptably high levels of malnutrition among older Australians, particularly those with dementia. Project founder and dietitian Cherie Hugo explains

Going beyond ‘tick the box’ training

In 2016, Dementia Training Australia (DTA) was charged with delivering a three-year, $28 million national Dementia Training Program to the dementia care workforce. DTA’s Directors explain how the consortium’s training and education activities will reach a minimum of 23,000 staff and at least 500 care services over the next two years

Mind the gap: the key to transforming dementia practice

Formal dementia education programs alone don’t necessarily change practice. Real transformation in dementia practice requires strong leadership in promoting a learning culture within the workplace, explains David Sykes

Simple ideas making an impact

NSW aged care provider Anglican Care has recently introduced two complementary programs – The Lifestyle Resource Van, and the Direct Action Response Team (DART) – both with a focus on people living with a cognitive impairment and their carers. Jane Meldrum and Kylie Jacques explain how the projects work and the positive impact they are having

Looking beyond disease

Dr Allen Power is a physician, Schlegel Chair in Ageing and Dementia Innovation at the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Ageing (Ontario, Canada), Eden Alternative mentor, advocate for people with dementia and author of two books, Dementia Beyond Drugs and Dementia Beyond Disease, that have contributed to an understanding of the lived experience of dementia. Jason Burton interviewed Allen during his recent visit to Australia to present a series of lectures and workshops for Alzheimer’s WA’s Dementia Friendly Communities Project

Sharing the PIE

Positive Interactive Engagement (PIE) is a structured after-hours activity program developed by AnglicareSA to improve interaction and engagement for residents with dementia in the evenings and at weekends. Jacinta Robertson outlines the program and shares their learning

A Village for all

Elaine Griffin and Fiona Kendall explain how The Village, Scalabrini’s newly opened $90 million aged care facility in Sydney designed specifically for the care and enablement of people with dementia, delivers for residents, staff and visitors

End of life care: resources to strengthen support

As more people die with dementia, end of life care discussions are growing in importance. Alastair Macdonald and colleagues report on their study and explain how co-designing new resources could help to strengthen support at the end of life

Plus the latest dementia research news, resources and events!