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Australia’s Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) has taken out three major trophies at the Ageing Asia Eldercare Innovation awards in Singapore this week.

RDNS won the Best Staff Capability Development Program category for its Manager’s Toolkit, a major program initiated to equip managers to lead organisational change. It was also awarded two finalist trophies which included recognition of its Skin Awareness Program, a major research activity being undertaken by the RDNS Institute.

The awards were presented at a special international dinner at the Ageing Asia Investment Forum (AAIF) in Singapore, which attracted delegates from more than 20 countries who were interested in investment and partnership opportunities in Asia Pacific’s US$3 trillion ageing market.

The winning program, the Manager’s Toolkit, uses five identified competence areas, allowing managers to lead staff and manage processes in a cultural change environment. The program, aligned to Health Workforce Australia’s LEADS framework was introduced by CEO Adjunct Professor Stephen Muggleton.

Professor Muggleton began using the LEADS framework after studying the program at Canada’s Royal Roads University with its founder Dr Graham Dickinson seven years ago. “I was impressed by the way it captures elements like stakeholder engagement, system design and self management that are missing from so many other clinical and management programs,” he said.

The Skin Awareness Program, a research project used in the battle against chronic health conditions, is helping people look after their skin through a series of e-learning modules.

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RDNS Institute director Dr Susan Koch on Singaporean radio

Elsewhere, the challenges of dementia, telehealth and nurse-led research projects were the subject of conversation when RDNS Institute director Dr Susan Koch was a special guest on 938 LIVE, Singapore’s English news-talk station on Tuesday.

Dr Koch also talked about district nursing, RDNS telehealth activities, and issues associated with ageing populations.

Dr Koch, who was chair of the Australian Government’s Minister’s Dementia Advisory Group, was in Singapore to lead a workshop on dementia at the AAIF. RDNS executive general manager Stelvio Vido also presented a paper at the forum on the RDNS telehealth trials which have been underway in Australia for the past 18 months.

Images by Ray Chua and courtesy of 938 LIVE

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