Workshops and events coming up

A selection of events in the ageing space including dementia friendly hospital workshops; CDC masterclass; CALD forum; dementia research conference; the national Play Up Convention; & the inaugural Dying to Know day.

In this story:

  • Designing dementia friendly hospitals
  • CDC Masterclass

  • Supporting Australia’s rich identity 

  • National Dementia Research Forum – Early bird discount ends this Friday

  • The National Play Up Convention – Early bird registrations close next week

  • Dying to Know Day

NSW/ACT DTSC Director Professor Richard Fleming 

Designing dementia friendly hospitals

The University of Wollongong based NSW/ACT Dementia Training Study Centre (DTSC) will launch its national education and consultancy service on designing dementia-friendly hospitals and inpatient units across Australia with a two-day workshop in Sydney later this month, followed by other states in August and September. 

A team of consultants, led by NSW/ACT DTSC Director Professor Richard Fleming and architect Kirsty Bennett, will provide workshops on designing dementia-friendly healthcare facilities in every state and territory followed by consultancies to at least 25 hospital-based projects across Australia. 

The service is aimed at architects, health planners, facilities managers, clinical and allied health managers, health professionals and design consultants working on plans for new or improved healthcare facilities including inpatient units, emergency departments and multi-purpose services. 

The workshops include an explanation of the 10 evidence-based principles of designing for people with dementia; an illustration and discussion of how to apply these principles to your environment; and presentations on how to apply a systematic approach to planning new and refurbished facilities for people with dementia, including the use of audit tools. 

The initiative is funded by the Australian Government and is free to participants.

For more information, see Designing for People with Dementia.

Workshop dates

  • Sydney – 30-31 July 2013 9am – 5pm daily, North Sydney Harbourview Hotel

Registration closes Friday 26 July for the Sydney workshop. Regsiter at Designing for People with Dementia

  • Melbourne – 15-16 August
  • Tasmania – 21-22 August
  • Darwin – 11-12 September
  • Adelaide – 16-17 September
  • Brisbane – 19-20 September
  • Perth – 26-27 September

Register interest for the above locations at

CDC Masterclass

Hynes Legal and Leading Age Services Australia Queenslanld (LASA Qld) will be holding a CDC Masterclass next month to look at a number of changes regarding home care on a CDC basis in light of the passing of the five amended Living Longer Living Better aged care bills. 

The half-day seminar, Legal requirements for home care post 1 August – are you ready and will you comply? conducted by Julie McStay, director and head of the aged care and retirement living team at Hynes Legal, and Paul Johnson, manager community care at LASA Qld, will provide the key legal and operational information needed to comply with the new home care laws.

Friday 2 August from 7am until 12:30pm
Kedron Wavell RSL Community Centre, 375 Hamilton Rd Chermside
Cost: $495 plus GST for LASA members and $595 plus GST for non-LASA members.
RSVP by Thurday, 25 July 2013, seminar numbers are capped
E: to register or find out more

Supporting Australia’s rich identity 

The Aged Care Channel is holding an open forum on Supporting Australia’s rich identity next week. 

The forum will discuss the National Ageing and Aged Care Strategy for People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, which aims to inform the way government responds to the needs of older people from CALD backgrounds and better support the aged care sector to deliver care that is sensitive and appropriate.

ACC host Karen Martin will be joined by panel guests Pino Migliorino, Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) and Ada Cheng, CEO, Australian Nursing Home Foundation (ANHF).  

ACC members can phone in during the program to have questions addressed on air by the panelists.

Wednesday 17 July 2013 at 2:15PM EST (1:45PM SA/ NT; 12.15PM WA)

National Dementia Research Forum

The Dementia Collaborative Research Centre: Carers and Consumers is hosting the 8th annual National Dementia Research Forum in Brisbane this year.

The theme is ‘A life worth living: Enhancing quality of life for people with dementia and carers’ and the program will cover research topics ranging from prevention and treatment through to care and quality of life. 

It will also examine how research and knowledge can influence the daily lives of people living with dementia, inform policy and shape practice.

21 & 22 September 2013
Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
T: 07 3138 4936 
Early bird discount registration closes Friday 12 July 2013

The National Play Up Convention

The Arts Health Institute’s National Play Up Convention, which has the theme ‘Exploring Creativity in Aged Care’, is coming up in Sydney in September. 

Participants have the opportunity to hear from experts in the aged care and humour therapy fields including Dr Stuart Brown, an expert in the field of play science from the USA.

In addition to meeting and networking with like-minded people dedicated to advancing aged care, delegates can take away practical skills to integrate into every day work practice.

There’s a bonus discount for group registrations for 10 delegates registering at once, the group only pays for nine tickets. 

Download the hard copy program and registration form (pdf), here, or register on the AHI website.

5 – 6 September
Luna Park, Sydney
T: 02 4927 5400 
W: AHI website
Early bird registration offer ends 19th of July

The inaugural Dying to Know Day

The Groundswell Project, which uses arts and health projects to create social and cultural change about death and dying, has announced a new initiative called ‘Dying to Know Day,’ which will take place on 8 August.

Dying to Know Day is inspired by the book ‘Dying to Know’ and the work of Igniting Change, an organisation that inspires, enables and catalyses ideas for social change.  

Dying to Know Day
Thursday 8 August
For more information email
Click to sign up to the Dying to Know mailing list

For help planning a discussion at home, in the workplace or community, order a copy of the book Dying To Know book

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1 thought on “Workshops and events coming up

  1. And don’t forget COTAs National Policy Forum in Canberra on 23/7. A cracking program including a political panel with new Minister for Ageing Jacinta Collins, Senator Rachel Siewert & The Hon Bronwyn Bishop Shadow Minister for Seniors. See the full program and Register at

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