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Talk with Ted to improve communication skills

Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning and Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) have collaborated with care staff to develop a new educational resource to help care staff improve communication skills with people living with dementia.

Talk with Ted is a one-hour online simulation, designed to be a safe and effective way to practise communicating with a person with dementia. Ted is an artificially intelligent avatar (pictured right) who shows symptoms commonly associated with dementia.

Dementia Australia says that participants who have experienced Talk with Ted were able to recall their learnings up to eight weeks after the training, and say it has improved the overall quality of care they give.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe (pictured) described the resource as a “world-first in dementia education”.

The cost for the one-hour online session is $99 per individual, with discounts available for groups.

Talk with Ted can be purchased by individuals and aged care providers across Australia through Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning, at https://dementialearning.org.au/technology/talk-with-ted/

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