DEMENTIA: a multi-disciplinary approach to caring for people with changed behaviours

Practical support on how to overcome barriers when providing care to people living with dementia.

Thursday, 29 October 2020
3:00 – 4:15 pm AEDT

  • Start: 29 October 2020
  • Cost: Free

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This webinar will emphasise how working and communicating as part of a multidisciplinary team can empower health professionals to optimise non-pharmacological approaches in management. Panel members will discuss a case study that illustrates how to implement a person-centred approach to managing changed behaviours in people living with dementia.

Meet the panel

Join our multidisciplinary panel as they provide their collective perspectives on how they work together and collaborate with families and people living with dementia.

Kara Joyce (facilitator)
Kara Joyce is the Clinical Lead on the NPS MedicineWise program, Dementia and changed behaviours; a person-centred approach. Over the past 4 years Kara has been part of the national field force delivering NPS MedicineWise education programs to GPs and pharmacists. 

She is an accredited pharmacist who has a special interest in dementia care and will be the facilitator for this webinar.

Henry Brodaty
Professor Brodaty is a researcher, clinician, policy advisor and strong advocate for people with dementia and their carers. At UNSW Sydney, he is Scientia Professor of Ageing and Mental Health, Co-Director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, and Director, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre.

He has over 600 publications in refereed journals, is senior psychogeriatrician at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney, and is deputy editor of International Psychogeriatrics. He serves on multiple committees for the NSW and Australian governments and the World Health Organization.

He was previously president of the International Psychogeriatric Association, chairman of Alzheimer's Disease International, and president of Alzheimer's Australia NSW and Australia. In 2000 he became an Officer of the Order of Australia and in 2016 received the Ryman Prize for the world's best development, advance or achievement that enhances quality of life for older people.

Theresa Flavin
Theresa has been living with dementia for 9 years. She has 5 children, the youngest is 16 years old.

Theresa is a passionate advocate and activist for the human rights and dignity of people with dementia. She has spoken at conferences around Australia and has been published in several domestic and international journals in relation to supported decision making in the context of dementia, and the right to inclusion in the development and design of dementia services and representative organisations.

Ellie Newman

Ellie has considerable clinical experience specialising in aged and dementia care, particularly in hospital and health care settings.

As a senior physiotherapist, her role has evolved into Clinical Specialist for Dementia and Delirium, leading and implementing a better way to care for patients living with dementia in hospitals. Much of her work has involved building workforce capacity and capability, delivering policy and practice change as well as developing health service-wide strategic direction for dementia care.

Ellie is committed to identifying opportunities to enhance and enable others to support the delivery of person-centred care and achieve better outcomes for people living with dementia.

Allan Shell
Dr Allan Shell is a UNSW Medicine alumnus. Following a long career in general practice, he is currently an Academic GP and Adjunct Senior Lecturer in post-graduate medicine to the School of Psychiatry’s Dementia Collaborative Research Centre (DCRC) at UNSW.

Since 2009, he has worked on a number of general practice-based projects with Professor Henry Brodaty and other members of the DCRC, as well as co-authored peer-reviewed articles related to that work.

Allan was a key contributor to a major Dementia Australia NQDCI funded project project, ‘A more timely diagnosis and management of dementia in Primary Care’ (Timely Diagnosis project).

More recently, Allan has been the consultant liaison GP and GP educator at the HALT project which aims to improve the management of medicines for patients with dementia in residential aged care facilities.

Andrew Stafford
Andrew is an academic and an accredited pharmacist with an interest in clinical geriatrics. His experience in aged care has spanned the residential and community sectors, and he currently provides medication reviews and training services for a number of providers in Western Australia. 

Andrew’s research interests include the development and assessment of programs designed to optimise healthcare for older people, especially through the quality use of medicines. 

Much of Andrew’s work in his roles with Dementia Training Australia involve developing and disseminating innovative resources that upskill the aged care workforce. Through his teaching experience in Tasmanian and Western Australian universities he is an accomplished educator, particularly in consultant pharmacy practice. 

Perri Waddell
Perri is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years’ experience, including the last 15 years in aged care. She has a Bachelor of Dementia Care from UTAS and a Master of Clinical Nursing, Gerontology from ECU.

Perri is passionate about supporting nurses to advocate for people with dementia so that all parties recognise and acknowledge the person behind the disease first and foremost. Where nursing staff have the tools and language to advocate with confidence, there is opportunity to bring both families and the multidisciplinary team on a journey that helps people with dementia live their best lives and reduce the 'plagues of boredom, loneliness and helplessness'.