Aged and health care workers can now access a fully-funded dementia training program, delivered by facilitators from Alzheimer’s Australia.

Dementia Training Australia is offering Dementia Essentials which will be delivered by Alzheimer’s Australia nationally.

As Australian Ageing Agenda recently reported, DTA was appointed by the Federal Government to deliver national education and training on dementia care (read that story here).

The consortium, led by the University of Wollongong, brings together the expertise of Australia’s leading dementia educators.

Dementia Essentials is a competency-based, nationally accredited course tailored for people working with or supporting those living with dementia in aged care, health care and community service settings.

Alzheimer’s Australia acting CEO Maree McCabe said participants will benefit from the most up-to-date, evidence-based dementia training, delivered in a nationally consistent way.

“The knowledge and skills acquired will be translated into best practice on the ground, improving care and quality of life outcomes for people living with dementia, their families and carers,” she said.

The three-day course provides attendees with extensive knowledge of dementia, as well as focusing on person-centred practice, communication strategies, developing appropriate activities, and responding to unmet need.

DTA said that the course can be delivered at any workplace in a format that meets the needs of each individual organisation and its staff.

There will also be a number of courses hosted by Alzheimer’s Australia state and territory offices across the country.

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