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Please see below for The RED Conference program.

Day 1 - Thu 28th March

8:45 am to 8:50 am

Welcome to Country

8:50 am to 9:00 am

Official Conference Opening

9:00 am to 9:20 am

Episode 2 - The WISER Effect

This film will take you into the world of clients and carers lives and open the door to new possibilities.

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9:20 am to 10:15 am

Practical ideas for engaging people living with dementia in the community

In this session you can be assured that Dr Camp will entertain while sharing his unique approach and principles to use when engaging persons living with dementia.  He will provide ideas for general activities to use for engagement and the ‘how to’ on signage and other external aids.

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10:15 am to 10:30 am

What does a person with dementia look like?

John Quinn was diagnosed with Younger Onset Dementia after seven years of incorrect diagnoses and inappropriate medications. He lost his 35 year long career in education; had no purpose in life; and, became seriously depressed.

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10:30 am to 11:00 am

Morning Tea

11:00 am to 11:55 am

An overview of DSDC, the UoS and Dementia Design Principles and their application to date within the care setting

The DSDC is an international centre of knowledge and expertise which sits within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. The centre is dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia.

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11:55 am to 12:25 pm

Dementia Care Research

Dr Kinchington will explore our understanding of current areas of international and domestic dementia research; in addition to discussing the current research on dementia risk reduction and prevention.

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12:25 pm to 12:55 pm

The Carer Dance: Sensing, thinking, feeling then doing

Providing care requires attention to the factors that maximise health and wellbeing under challenging circumstances. Using a bio-psycho-social model, the steps that can assist in enhancing these important factors will be described and discussed.   

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12:55 pm to 1:10 pm

Creating a Dementia Friendly environment in a remote hospital

Katherine Hospital is a 40 bed rural hospital 300kms from Darwin in the Northern Territory and provides inpatient, outpatient specialist, obstetric and surgical and emergency health care services for the regional population of around 20,000 people.

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1:10 pm to 2:10 pm

Lunch

2:10 pm to 3:10 pm

Breakout session focusing on the consumer

This breakout session includes the following three topics: Live for 5 mins in the patient's shoes; Dementia affects ALL of us and Hearing loss & Dementia.

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2:10 pm to 3:10 pm

Breakout session focusing on wellbeing and the arts

This breakout session includes the following two topics: Postcard Connections - Creative Arts & Dementia Friendly Communities and Dance - A Pleasureable Exercise.

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2:10 pm to 3:10 pm

EDIE -Educational Dementia Immersive Experience™

EDIE is a new virtual reality education program that allows people to walk in the shoes of a person living with dementia and provide insight into the day to day lived experiences.

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2:10 pm to 3:10 pm

Breakout session focusing on a residential setting

This breakout sessions includes the following three topics: Household Model - Making everyday the best day possible; 10 questions to ask when seeking residential aged care and Evidence-informed reablement guidelines

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3:20 pm to 4:20 pm

Memories of my Youth: An artist journey between students and aged care residents

This program, implemented by Catholic Care of the Aged (CCA) in conjunction with Wauchope Primary School (WPS), focuses on recollection and story-telling through intergenerational interaction and collaborative art making.

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3:20 pm to 4:20 pm

Experiencing Art Therapy from a Resident’s Perspective

This workshop “String Art” is designed to excite the imagination through the therapeutic effect of mark making and laying down paint without pressure or judgement.

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3:20 pm to 4:20 pm

A How to Guide on introducing the WISER Approach and Montessori principles

Learn the skills to apply the principles of the WISER project using the Montessori Approach in dementia care. Understand practical ways to add meaning and purpose to the lives of people living with dementia.

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3:20 pm to 4:20 pm

Grief and growth in the experience of caring for someone with dementia

Living with and caring for someone with dementia can include the experience of grief and loss for all involved. Links to depression risk but also opportunities for personal growth will be explored using the speaker’s and audience examples.Session overview to be confirmed

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4:30 pm to 5:10 pm

Collaborating for Change

Putting the puzzle pieces together in aged card to make the system work for you and understanding the links that can be created

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5:20 pm to 6:30 pm

Networking Function

Day 2 - Fri 29th March

8:45 am to 9:00 am

Official Opening for Day 2

9:00 am to 9:55 am

Responsive Behaviours…Whose problem is it?

Your investigations into behaviours should be responsive and responsible accepting that behind the behaviour there is a cause.

Dr Camp will look at relating causes to behaviours whether they are physical changes, the right level of engagement or physical and social environments.

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9:55 am to 10:25 am

Dignity of Risk

Professor Joe Ibrahim, a Geriatrician and Public Health Professor from Monash University, advocates and cares for older people with a range of conditions including dementia.

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10:25 am to 10:40 am

Caring for Carers in a WISER way

One of the great success stories of the WISER program has been the development of the Carer Program. Introducing the WISER approach was never going to succeed without the carers of people living with dementia being part of the program.

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10:40 am to 11:10 am

Morning Tea

11:10 am to 12:00 pm

Iridis and the importance of new technologies in informing our approach to designing environments for healthy ageing

Research has proven that good design enables people with dementia, and age-related impairments, to enjoy a greater quality of life and remain independent for longer.

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12:00 pm to 12:20 pm

Art & Dementia: Neuroplasticity & Contemporary Art

“It’s waking up something that maybe went to sleep…I have never been artistic but it inspires you to do something new.”–– Artful participant 

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12:20 pm to 12:38 pm

Home delivery of participatory art to support wellbeing in dementia carer and care recipient dyads – the Arts of Prescription

Aim: This paper describes the design, delivery and evaluation of a pilot participatory art program targeted towards dementia dyads.

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12:40 pm to 1:00 pm

A Montessori Approach to Dementia Related, Non-Residential Respite Services: Preliminary results

Andrew will outline the design of the Southern Cross University Montessori research project, a study which aims to compare a Montessori-based approach to community respite care, with a ‘care as usual’ control.

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1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Lunch

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Drawing Memories: A fun and creative activity for people with dementia

This presentation involves a creative arts workshop aimed at promoting a sense of wellbeing and connection for people with dementia and their carers.

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2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Artful Collaborations

“Art helped settle me down. Yes, I forget people's names, but when I'm doing art I am suddenly in a different environment. It is all calm and I can think. The stress just dies away.”–– Artful participant 

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2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Breakout session focusing on Younger Onset Dementia

This breakout sessions includes the following three topics: Let's Advance the conversation so that we don't miss any of the jigsaw pieces; Same same but different - are we meeting their needs? and The Changing Landscape

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2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Breakout session focusing on consumers living within a community setting

This breakout session includes the following two topics: Caring about Dementia and Positive Communities.

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3:10 pm to 3:40 pm

Breakout session focusing on the Dementia Friendly Community project

This breakout session includes the following two topics: Port Macquarie Four Seasons in one Dementia Day program and What is a Dementia Friendly Community?

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3:10 pm to 3:40 pm

Reach out through touch: create a good day

Specifically designed to improve the daily lives of people with dementia or special needs and their caregivers, this workshop uses an evidence-based, relationship centred, practical approach to skilled touch with compassionate presence as a therapeutic intervention. 

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3:10 pm to 3:40 pm

Drumbeats for Dementia

Dementia affects approximately 10% of Australians over the age of 65 years, but people in the 40s, 50s and early 60s can also be diagnosed with dementia.

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3:10 pm to 3:40 pm

Montessori in action

Learn how to prepare and create supportive environments using the WISER Approach with Montessori principles

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3:45 pm to 4:00 pm

Question time

Your chance to have your last minute questions addressed by our speakers

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4:00 pm to 4:15 pm

Conference Official Close

Questions or Contact?

Contact Kara who’ll assist you with any enquiry:

Phone: 1300 336 488 

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