Level Two - Support

Support modules build on the participant’s foundational knowledge and introduce more detailed strategies for supporting a person living with dementia and their families.

A reflective approach is adopted that improves and sustains dementia learning. Support level will also help the participant to further develop their person-centred practice. By exploring various evidence based approaches to dementia support, including Montessori, the participant can focus on encouraging  positive outcomes for the person living with dementia.

HOW TO REGISTER:

  • Online: Choose a workshop or course and click on the links.
  • Fax: Registration Form to 03 9816 5733
  • Mail: Registration Form to Locked Bag 3001, Hawthorn 3122
  • Ph: 03 9816 5708
  • Bookings are essential, as places in our courses and workshops are limited.

Alzheimer's Australia Vic is a Registered Training Organisation offering dementia education with flexible course structures providing practical answers to the challenges of everyday care designed specifically for people working in aged care.

Learning programs within Level Two - Support:


Enabling EDIE

Better understand dementia from the perspective of the consumer through an Educational Dementia Immersive Experience, EDIE. You will use this experience to enhance your knowledge of dementia and to develop a support plan that enables Eddie and his wife to live more confidently with dementia.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this session you will develop a greater understanding of:

  •     dementia across various stages
  •     a carer's perspective of dementia
  •     considerations for dementia support including individual and diverse needs
  •     identifying support needs in partnership with the individual and their carer
  •     how to develop a dementia support plan that focuses on enabling a person living with dementia

Suitable for:

All staff providing support for people living with dementia in various care settings.

Hawthorn

Cost: Members $165/ Non Members $175
Date: Wednesday 12 April
Time: 10am - 1pm
Address: Alzheimer's Australia, 98-104 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Register online: Click here


Parkville

Cost: Members $165/ Non Members $175
Date: Wednesday 17 May

Time: 10am - 1pm
Address: Alzheimer's Australia, 155 Oak Street, Parkville, VIC 3052
Register online: Click here


Hawthorn

Cost: Members $165/ Non Members $175
Date: Tuesday 27 June
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Address: Alzheimer's Australia, 98-104 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Register online: Click here


Parkville

Cost: Members $165/ Non Members $175
Date: Monday 17 July

Time: 10am - 1pm
Address: Alzheimer's Australia, 155 Oak Street, Parkville, VIC 3052
Register online: Click here

 


A problem-solving approach to behaviours

Many people living with dementia will experience behaviours associated with dementia. These behaviours include aggression, agitation and delusions. They can be distressing and impact on the wellness of the person with dementia, as well as those caring for them. There are many reasons as to why these behaviours occur. This online module is designed to provide you with an understanding of behaviours through a problem-solving approach and explore effective strategies to help prevent or minimise the impact of behaviour.

This module will help you:

  • define behaviours
  • understand the impact of behaviours on people within the support relationship
  • undertake a systematic approach to problem-solving behaviours using the CAUSEd model
  • identify and report risks associated with behaviours
  • develop strategies for everyone in the support relationship

Suitable for workers providing support to people living with dementia and their carers.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

Cost: $25

 

This module is available online via dementialearning.org.au. Register here. (link is external)

 


Applying a problem-solving approach to behaviours

This module provides a better understanding into changed behaviours associated with dementia. Practical strategies will be developed to minimise the occurrence and impact of these behaviours using a problem solving approach, with an emphasis on triggers to behaviour using the CAUSEd model.

In this session you will:

  • define behaviours
  • understand the impact of behaviours on people within the support relationship
  • undertake a systematic approach to problem solving behaviours using the CAUSEd model
  • identify and report risks associated with behaviours
  • develop strategies for everyone in the support relationship

Suitable for all staff providing support for people living with dementia in various care settings.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Applying person-centred communication

As dementia impacts communication, this session introduces you to various effective communication strategies that can be easily incorporated in your work. As you gain an enhanced understanding and appreciation of communication when working with people with dementia,  you will explore its impact and consider the support required to undertake a person-centred approach to communication using these strategies.

On completion of this session you will:

  • understand how dementia can impact on communication
  • understand the impact various relationships have in supporting communication for the person living with dementia
  • develop strategies to support a person-centred approach to communication for the person living with dementia

Suitable for all staff providing support for people living with dementia in various care settings.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Communicating in a person-centred way

Good communication skills are essential in providing support to people living with dementia and their carers. Within this module we will explore communication for people living with dementia and the influence of the people within the support relationship to nurture and enhance communication.

This module is designed to increase your understanding of:

  • the importance of communication within the support relationship
  • the barriers to positive communication
  • the impact of dementia on the person’s ability to communicate
  • supporting person-centred communication through support relationships
  • individualised strategies for communication

Suitable for workers providing support to people living with dementia and their carers.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Dementia Care Essentials - Support Planning

CHCAC416A Facilitate support responsive to the specific nature of dementia

This fully-funded, three-day workshop builds on knowledge gained from Dementia Care Essentials – Dementia Competency. Through active participation in workshops, you will deepen your capacity to apply fundamental principles and processes necessary to develop a holistic and enabling support plan and environment for a person living with dementia. This is a great opportunity to challenge current ways, innovate and apply creative strategies using a strengths-based approach to dementia practice. Visit our Accredited programs page to view available dates and locations.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Enabling environments - adapting the home

This module is designed to provide carers with an introduction in adapting the home into a dementia-friendly environment, based on proven design principles. Opportunities will be created when considering meaningful time spent within the home; exploring practical, inexpensive ideas and tips to enable independence for  the person living with dementia.

On completion of this session you will be familiar with:

  • 10 environmental design principles
  • personal considerations
  • physical and sensory changes for the person living with dementia
  • maintaining well-being and identity
  • ideas for ways to adapt the home for a person living with dementia

Suitable for Home and Community Care workers.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

Cost: $150 members/$160 non-members

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


How person-centred is your practice?

Person-centred practice is an approach that has evolved over time to become an expectation for service delivery. Although the term person-centred has become common language, do you truly provide person-centred support?
This module explores the elements of person-centred practice through a person-centred framework. We will encourage you to reflect on your current practice and provide strategies to improve and enhance your practice.

This module is designed to increase your understanding of:

  • the principles of person-centred practice
  • the VALUE framework for providing person-centred support
  • person-centred practice in relation to a person living with dementia and their carer
  • your approach to person-centred practice
  • the importance of building relationships between the person with dementia, families, carers and organisations
  • practice improvement strategies to support person-centred practice

Suitable for all workers providing support to people living with dementia and their carers.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

Cost: $25

This module is available online via dementialearning.org.au. Register here. (link is external)


Meaningful engagement

Understand the capacities and abilities of people with moderate to advanced stages of dementia. Learn how to best engage the person through activities which are meaningful, purposeful and pleasurable using a strength-based approach.

On completion of this session you will understand:

  • the individual needs of people living with dementia
  • relationship of meaningful engagement to behaviour
  • how to plan suitably engaging activities

Suitable for diversional therapists, planned activity group staff and lifestyle staff.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

Parkville

Cost: Members $165/ Non Members $175
Date: Tuesday 21 March
Time: 10am - 1pm
Address: Alzheimer's Australia, 155 Oak Street, Parkville, VIC 3052
Register online: Click here

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Montessori in everyday practice

Montessori is a person-centred approach to dementia practice. This program simplifies the concept of Montessori to show how the principles can be applied to everyday dementia practice. You will explore these principles and how they can be used to create an environment that supports independence, promotes engagement and sense of purpose for people living with dementia.

On completion of this session you will:

  • develop an understanding of Montessori and how this applies to a person living with dementia
  • explore the benefits of a Montessori approach across a broad range of support settings
  • develop an understanding of cognitive ramps
  • explore ways of developing cognitive ramps in the participants own dementia support setting
  • demonstrate the 12 Montessori principles in action

Suitable for all staff working with people living with dementia including HACC based workers; PAGs, activities program.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Palliative approach to dementia care

Develop an appreciation of palliative care for people with dementia in order to achieve improved quality of life, symptom control, and satisfaction with care for the person with dementia and their families.

On completion of this session you will gain an understanding of:

  • what palliative care is and the palliative approach
  • what constitutes quality of life and the importance of advance care planning
  • late stage dementia with the challenges encountered for the person living with advanced dementia
  • end stage dementia and bereavement issues

Suitable for all staff providing support for people living with dementia in various care settings.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Person-centred practice - applied principles

In this program you will explore the key elements that underpin person-centred dementia support through the VALUEs framework. You will examine what person-centred practice looks like for each person within the dementia support relationship.

On completion of this session you will:

  • further understand person-centred practice
  • know how to implement and recognise opportunities to improve person-centred practice

Suitable for all staff working with people living with dementia.

CPD points: This program is suitable for the continuing professional development of registered nurses and other health professionals.

To arrange this session at your workplace, please contact us

To register your interest for a scheduled session, please contact us


Also see:

 

Accredited training
Specialist speakers
Workplace training