In this news item:

  • Alzheimer’s Australia – ‘Relate, Motivate, Appreciate’ Montessori workshops
  • Basic budgeting for CDC workshop
  • Free public lecture: “Innovations in Health and their Impact on the Future of Healthcare”
  • Positive Living in Aged Care Awards (PLAC) and seminar
  • Seminar – “Too Much of a Good Thing? Quality Use of Medicines and Older People.”  
  • Graduate nurse programs – applications open
  • Free public lecture: “Retirement Income design with an ageing demographic” 

August – September 2013

National Tour – A Montessori-based approach in dementia care
Alzheimer’s Australia has recently released Relate, Motivate, Appreciate, a set of Montessori-based resources that will help family carers of people with dementia to maintain better relationships with their loved ones.  American Montessori expert Dr Cameron Camp is participating in a national tour delivering workshops across Australia to support the new resources.

Relate, Motivate, Appreciate workshops are free for consumers, and all attendees will receive a free copy of the new resources (two booklets and a DVD). For registration and fees for other workshops, please  visit the website address below or contact the relevant state and territory Alzheimer’s Organisation.

For details and dates: 


7 August 2013

Workshop – Basic Budgeting for CDC
A practical hands on workshop aimed at CFOs, Managers and coordinators working in community care.  With Lorraine Poulos; supported by the Case Management Society of Australia and The Aged Care Channel.

The Portside Centre – 207 Kent St, Sydney

Further information and registration:


Thursday 15 August 2013

“Innovations in Health and their Impact on the Future of Healthcare” – A free public lecture presented by Professor Moyez Jiwa and Curtin University as part of National Science Week.

Bankwest Lecture Theatre (Building 200A)
Curtin University, Bentley, WA
Lecture: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Refreshments from 7:30pm -7:45pm

Register by Monday 12 August 2013:
T: 08 9266 2563

For more information, please see 
[While the event is free, seats are limited.]


Monday 26 August 2013

Positive Mental Health for Older People – Seminar and Awards Day
This seminar will showcase the strategies of the finalists of the Positive Living in Aged Care Awards (PLAC) – a mental health promotion project to identify and showcase Australian Government Funded residential aged care facilities in NSW which have developed and implemented strategies to maintain and/or improve the mental health and wellbeing of residents.

This Project has been developed by the NSW Health Older People’s Mental Health Working Group, is funded by NSW Ministry of Health and is being managed by Aged & Community Services Association of NSW & ACT Inc in collaboration with Leading Age Services Australia NSW-ACT.

The one day seminar and awards ceremony will include:

Announcement and presentation of the Positive Living in Aged Care Awards
Presentations from mental health and industry experts
Showcasing of the strategies of the 2013 Positive Living in Aged Care finalists.

Venue: Ted Hopkins Room, Luna Park, Sydney

See program and register for this event online:

T: (02) 8754 0400


Friday 30 August 2013

“Too Much of a Good Thing? Quality Use of Medicines and Older People”  
A seminar hosted by AAG New South Wales Division

In this seminar, you will hear from some of Australia’s leading clinicians, researchers, policy-makers and consumer representatives as they discuss the prescribing of medicines to older people, the way older people look after their own medications, and the myriad factors that need to be taken into account to improve the quality use of medicines.

9am – 3pm
University of Sydney Concord Medical Education Centre
B26, Gate 3 Concord Hospital
Hospital Rd, Concord NSW 2139  



1 August – 30 September

Applications open 1 August for two Graduate Nurse Programs

  • 2014 Regis Aged Care Graduate Nurse Program.
  • 2014 HammondCare Graduate Registered Nurse program

1.   The Regis Aged Care Graduate Nurse program, now in its third year, assists individuals currently completing their Bachelor of Nursing to make a smooth transition into the work environment and to gain valuable experience in the specialised and growing area of aged care.  Each graduate nurse is placed in a supportive environment with their own preceptor to guide them through the program which also offers paid supernumerary time and study days.  Participants work in all facets of the aged care environment including low and high care settings, dementia specific and palliative care units. 

Program places are being offered in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and Queensland, with applications for the 2014 program closing on 31 August 2013.   More information on the program can be found at

2.   The HammondCare Graduate RN program offers a choice of two 12 month rotational graduate programs for newly qualified Registered Nurses, one in the aged care business and one in the health and hospitals business. There are two intakes each year, in March and September.  The aged care program consists of 4 rotations: 1 in the health and hospitals business, 1 in At Home Services, 1 in dementia-specific Residential Services and then the graduate can choose, for their 4th rotation, whether to return to At Home or Residential Services. 

The health and hospitals program also consists of 4 rotations: 2 in Palliative Care (across 2 of HammondCare’s hospitals), 1 in Older Persons Mental Health and 1 in Rehabilitation.   Applications open August 1st and close September 30th  for the 2014 intake.  For more information on this program, go to  or email Michael Darragh:


Monday 2 September  2013

The 2013  Keith Hancock Lecture: “Retirement Income design with an ageing demographic” 
The Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in conjunction with UNSW and CEPAR, is presenting the 2013 Keith Hancock Lecture by Scientia Professor John Piggott FASSA ,UNSW.

Professor John Piggott is Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) at UNSW, where he is Scientia Professor of Economics and Australian Professorial Fellow. Scientia Professor John Piggott has considerable Australian and international expertise in both the academic and policy spheres. He was a member of both the Henry Tax Review Panel and the Ministerial Superannuation Advisory Committee.  He is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (FASSA)    

In this lecture he will explain the challenges of retirement income provision in an era of demographic ageing and explore alternative approaches to the financing and design of retirement incomes.  Combining research analysis with country experience Professor Piggot will argue for a set of policies suitable for this new demographic environment.  

Mon, 2 Sept 2013 –  5.30–6.30pm, followed by a cocktail reception
Tyree Room, John Niland Scientia Building,
UNSW, Kensington
See map: Kensington Campus, G19

Free admission but rgistrations essential.
RSVP: Mon, 26 Aug 2013
T: 02 6249 1788 

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