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Caring For Spirit: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander online dementia education

Caring For Spirit is an online source of evidence-based resources and information, developed, written and designed to be culturally appropriate and appealing to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Work on the Caring for Spirit website (https://caringforspirit.neura.edu.au//) has been led by a project team based at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), which has also engaged the services of Aboriginal staff, consultants, and graphic and website designers to develop the site.

The team has worked to translate the results of current research (including, for example, the Koori Growing Old Well Study and the Koori Dementia Care Project) into culturally relevant and accessible information, education and training for people living with dementia, their families and carers, as well as for Aboriginal aged care workers.

The site currently includes two key sections on ‘Living with dementia’ and ‘Research and other resources’, with links to further information and resources. It covers topics such as risk factors, prevention, assessment, diagnosis, support for carers, and rates of dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Further work is currently being done to finalise online training modules, aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care workers, family carers and people living with dementia.

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