First of its kind program embeds high-level dementia care expertise in Catholic Homes Perth

18-Jan-2019 10:00 AM

A new first of its kind program from HammondCare’s The Dementia Centre is improving quality of life for people with dementia by enabling a better informed and equipped aged care sector.

The Intensive Industry Partner Consultant Program is designed to support aged care providers and the people they care for by upskilling and educating industry professionals, ultimately building sector capacity.

With a focus on developing consultants in the model of the *Dementia Support Australia (DSA) service, this innovative program provides accreditation for aged care professionals as a way of embedding high-level dementia expertise to support people where behaviour impacts on their care within organisations.

Four participants Shelby Roy and Dea Cope from Catholic Homes Perth and Nerida Pankhurst and Jeanne Daly from Blue Care Brisbane have successfully completed the intensive program and will attend graduation ceremonies on 22 January and 31 January, respectively.

Shelby, from Perth, said she was honoured to participate in the accreditation process which allowed her to gain experience and knowledge for her role as a facility manager and to support other staff in Catholic Homes.

Dea, also of Perth, agreed, saying she had thoroughly enjoyed her time throughout the Industry Partner (IP) program.

Nerida, from Brisbane, said she felt she could add value in dementia care for Blue Care after completing the IP program. “I have learnt so much working with the program consultants, they were very open to share their knowledge and were collaborative in their approach,” Nerida said.

“The reflective component of this training, for me, has been really worthwhile and I have learnt so much about my practice and how I can do things differently.”

Jeanne, also from Brisbane, said she too felt privileged to be chosen to represent Blue Care in the IP Program.

“The diversity of the staff working with DSA and HammondCare contributed greatly to our learnings from capacity building, physio, lifestyle, occupational therapy, mental health, dieticians, registered nurses and many more,” Jeanne said. “The program walked us through step by step.”

Director of HammondCare’s The Dementia Centre, A/Professor Colm Cunningham said the program was pioneering the future of the aged and dementia care sector. “I’m confident the establishment of this program by The Dementia Centre will help support improved care for residents and clients living with dementia whose care and quality of life may impacted by responsive behaviours,” A/Prof Cunningham said.

“I would like to congratulate the participants who completed this comprehensive and intensive program.

“I hope the knowledge and the training they experienced will prove invaluable to their respective organisations, boosting the service they already provide.”

* Dementia Support Australia (DSA) – a partnership led by HammondCare - is a national service, supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Dementia and Aged Care Services Fund, which administers Dementia Behaviour Management Advisory Service (DBMAS) and Severe Behaviour Response Teams (SBRT).

Media: If you would like to attend the graduation or for interviews and photos, contact Peter Hallett on 0418 532 585 or

HammondCare: HammondCare provides health, aged and dementia care expertise that empowers the people that we serve. Regarded nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s most innovative health and aged care providers, HammondCare offers hospital care, residential care and community services. HammondCare is an independent Christian charity.

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