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Award-winning dementia expert Dawn Brooker heading to Australia in 2020

Lifetime Achievement Award winner Professor Dawn Brooker of Worcester University in the UK will be presenting a keynote at Dementia Australia’s National Symposium in Sydney in March 2020.

Prof Brooker, the Director of the Association for Dementia Studies (ADS) at the university, has spent the past 40 years working to transform the lives of people living with dementia.

Her research focus has been dedicated to inspiring the concept of positive dementia care and her ADS team is now recognised globally as a leading authority in person-centred care.

The award was given by the UK Journal of Dementia Care in November, as part of its annual National Dementia Care Awards, to recognise an exceptional individual who has dedicated a significant portion of their life to improving the quality of life for people living with dementia.

Originally qualified as a clinical psychologist, Prof Brooker works at the interface between the experience of those living with dementia, care practice and research.
Prof Brooker said although attitudes towards dementia were changing, we still have a long way to go.

“Over the last 10 years, our work at the university has enabled us to make a difference in dementia care,” Prof Brooker said.

“Providing excellent dementia care is a challenge around the world. By taking a systematic approach using evidence about what works, we can transform people’s lives.”

National Symposium

The Dementia Australia National Symposium 2020: Dementia Care Is Quality Care, will bring together international and national speakers to present on key issues that will help raise the quality of care as defined by consumers.

This event will be the third stage of Dementia Australia’s Quality Care Initiative. Alongside Prof Brooker, the symposium will feature presentations by Janet Anderson, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner; Dr Lisa Trigg, Assistant Director, Research, Data and Intelligence, Social Care Wales, UK; Dr James Adonis, author and leadership educator; and the day will close with Ita Buttrose AC OBE, Ambassador Dementia Australia and Chair of the ABC, sharing on her own leadership and culture change experience. Journalist, broadcaster and comedian, Julie McCrossin AM, will act as Master of Ceremonies.

The Dementia Australia National Symposium will be held at The Fullerton, Sydney on 24 March 2020. To register, visit https://dementia2020.org.au/.

Dementia education for My Aged Care staff

Over 450 staff working on the My Aged Care website and call centre have participated in Enabling EDIE™ dementia education sessions, delivered by Dementia Australia. The sessions were conducted at the Gold Coast and in Wollongong and Box Hill earlier this year. EDIE is an immersive workshop that uses virtual reality technology to enable participants to “see the world through the eyes of a person living with dementia”. Dementia Australia says that it is working with the Department of Health to identify more opportunities to continue to build the understanding and capability of the My Aged Care workforce.

Advocates award

Dementia Alliance International (DAI) chose World Alzheimer’s Day (21 September) to announce that it has awarded the 2019 Richard Taylor Memorial Advocates Award to James McKillop MBE from Glasgow, Scotland. DAI describes James as a “pioneer dementia advocate”, working for many years across local, national and international levels to campaign for people living with dementia.

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