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                                                  March 2009

                                            ISSUE 10 CONTENTS:
           MESSAGES FROM THE DIRECTORS                                                           2-3
           INTRODUCTIONS & CONGRATULATIONS                                                       4-5
           DCRC PROJECTS IN FOCUS                                                                6-8
           SPOTLIGHT ON PUBLICATIONS                                                             9 - 10
           EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS SPECIAL                                                      11 - 12
           EVENTS                                                                                13 - 15
           DEMENTIA SERVICES AND INFORMATION                                                     16 - 19
           DIARY                                                                                 20


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                     Dementia Collaborative Research Centre:
                      Assessment and Better Care Outcomes

Professor Henry Brodaty
               The increase in research activity in        - 5th June, at the National Dementia Research Forum
                dementia is striking. More papers,         in Sydney on 24th & 25th September and at our
                more journals, more conferences,           regular monthly lab meetings will provide further
                more knowledge - all being devoured        evidence of the interest in the field. We are especially
                wholeheartedly. And       still  more      pleased that Justine Elliot, the Minister of Ageing, has
                demand. This issue of the Newsletter       agreed to open the Forum.
                demonstrates the breadth of research
                enterprise from proven methods and         This growth in interest seems out of proportion to the
                novel ways of improving care of people     growing numbers of people with dementia and the
in nursing homes to sophisticated computer programs        ageing of the population. I think it reflects a genuine
to model projected incidences and prevalences of           excitement in the field of dementia research, a
dementia in Australia. The award of an NHMRC               willingness to grapple with complexity and recognition
Capacity Building Grant to fund post-doctoral fellows      of the rewards of moving forward along the path of
investigating causes and treatment of neurocognitive       finding solutions to previously neglected challenges.
in the elderly and the enthusiastic reports from           Hopefully it also reflects the stimulus from the three
attendees at the Dementia Summer School at the             DCRCs in promoting and facilitating research, from
University of Tasmania are reassuring proof of             enhanced collaboration, from the DCRCs greater
development of the next generation of dementia             visibility and from recognition that the research can be
researchers. Attendance at the forthcoming                 translated into action and ultimately a better quality of
Alzheimer’s Australia Conference in Adelaide on 3rd        life for people with dementia and their families.

             REGISTER NOW
         24 & 25 September 2009

  Hosted by the Dementia Collaborative Research            We are delighted to announce that The Hon. Justine
  Centres (DCRCs), the third Annual National               Elliot MP, Minister for Ageing, will open the Forum.
  Dementia Research Forum will be held at the
  Wesley Conference Centre in Sydney on 24 & 25            This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy presentations
  September 2009.                                          by prominent local and international speakers on a
                                                           wide range of topics. Don’t miss this chance to learn
  This unique event will bring together a diverse          more about dementia!
  group of participants, including health professionals,
  aged care workers, researchers, clinicians, service      REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
  providers, carers and people with dementia.              For more information and to register go to the DCRC


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                 Dementia Collaborative Research Centre:
             Prevention, Early Intervention and Risk Reduction
               Professor Marc Budge
                 Forward planning for DCRC2 post-          The Australian Normative and Dementia Imaging
                 2009 has been the key agenda item         (ANDI) Network’s infrastructure has been completed.
                 during the recent Centre Management       This platform aims to help expedite improved quality
                 Committee teleconferences in late         of brain imaging and reporting across Australia and
                 March. These will be followed by          allow handling and analysis of large volumes of brain
                 a DCRC2 face-to-face meeting              imaging data for scientific or auditing purposes. The
in Melbourne on April 23rd for further discussion          next phase of ANDI will entail broader engagement
on proposed projects to be incorporated into the           of clinical services focussed on the diagnosis of
prioritised ‘Early Diagnosis’ and ‘Prevention and          dementia in building the capacity of the network and
Intervention’ streams.                                     database. ANDI phase II is currently being planned.

Intervention studies that feature in our draft forward     Meanwhile, the successful launch of ASPREE and its
plans include development of an on-line dementia risk      sub-studies (e.g. ENVIS -ion and BioBank) at Monash
assessment and intervention suite which will target        University in February 2009 brought all collaborators
a broad population base and will build on the solid        and research teams together for a two-day intensive
foundations of Professor Kaarin Anstey’s work at the       meeting. All who attended left with even greater
Centre of Mental Health Research (The Australian           understanding and enthusiasm for the tasks ahead;
National University). A pilot randomised-controlled        a process that was also enlivened by the positive
trial will be designed to target lifestyle behaviours      reaction of potential funding bodies and collaborators
identified as risks for dementia.                          in the USA.

                    Dementia Collaborative Research Centre:
                            Carers and Consumers
               Professor Elizabeth Beattie                 emotional experiences of persons with dementia and
                                                           their carers - loneliness and perceived stigma - are
               This newsletter marks a minor but           continuing and we expect to be able to report findings
               important change in the title of this       later in the year. Read the brief update from our
               DCRC in keeping with the research foci      Western Australian partners on their progress. Two
               decided at our February 2009 face-to-       major JBI systematic literature reviews: “Oral liquid
               face meeting at Griffith University: we     nutritional supplements for people with dementia in
are now the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre         residential aged care facilities” and “Thickened fluids
- Carers & Consumers. Our research is designed to          for people with dementia in residential aged care
help improve the quality of life of people with dementia   facilities”, addressing critical knowledge gaps around
and their carers. This includes developing and testing     the effectiveness of OLNS and thickened fluids will be
interventions to reduce physical and emotional             coming your way soon.
discomfort, to help people with dementia remain
at home longer and to support carers in their roles,       The training of the next generation of dementia
including evaluating promising emerging models of          researchers is a vital and enjoyable part of our work.
consumer-directed care.                                    Our two DCRC-Alzheimer’s Australia Research PhD
                                                           students, Patricia Shuter and Kathryn Nicholson
The last few months have been a busy time for our          attended the inaugural Dementia Summer School at
group. For example, planning has begun for an              the University of Tasmania. You can read the report of
exciting collaborative project with colleagues at the      their experience inside and hear both of them present
Townsville Hospital in regional North Qld. The project     their PhD work at the September Forum. Keeping
purpose is to improve the quality of the acute hospital    up with research findings and emerging issues is
experience for persons with dementia and their carers,     also critical for collaborative members and this year
building on previous work in the area by DCRC:CC           DCRC:CC will present two symposia, one on Quality
partners. Our survey of respite care experiences           of Care measurement for people with dementia and
and needs is in development and we expect to be in         one on issues associated with the assessment of
the field by September. Two studies focused on the         decisional capacity.
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                                       Dr Belinda Goodenough

                              Research Fellow Dr Belinda Goodenough has recently joined the DCRC:
                              Assessment and Better Care Outcomes. She is a behavioural scientist and health
                              psychologist with training and expertise in research methods and psychosocial
                              outcomes measurement.

                              One of Belinda’s research interests is humour-related coping in illness. She joined
                              the DCRC to lead the SMILE study: an NHMRC-funded multisite randomised trial
                              of humour therapy for improving the wellbeing of residents and carers in age-
                              care facilities.

                              For more information about the SMILE study Belinda can be contacted by
                              telephone:(02) 93859102 or email

         2009 Bussse Research Award in Social Behavioural Sciences
                         XIX World Congress of Gerontology
                            July 5-9, 2009. Paris, France.
Professor Kaarin Anstey, DCRC:                                          contribution to international research in
Prevention, Early Intervention and                                      gerontology in the social-behavioural
Risk Reduction, has been awarded the                                    sciences category, The purpose of the
prestigious Busse Award in the Social                                   award is to recognise the achievements
and Behavioural Sciences.                                               of late junior or mid-career scientists
                                                                        and to encourage their continued
The Busse Award is an international,                                    contributions to aging research. The
highly competitive award for research                                   award ceremony will take place at the
in Gerontology and is given every 4                                     XIX World Congress of Gerontology in
years at the International Association of                               Paris in July where Kaarin will give a
Gerontology and Geriatrics Congress.                                    lecture on her research.
The    award      recognises    Kaarin’s
                                                                        Well done Kaarin!

                           Congratulations to Associate Professor Susan Kurrle on
                           her recent wedding to Professor Ian Cameron
                           Professor Kurrle, the node leader for the Comorbidities in Dementia node from
                           DCRC: Assessment and Better Care Outcomes and her new husband, a respected
                           rehabilitation clinician and researcher, share a common interest in the management
                           of falls and injury prevention.
                           We wish them every happiness!

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•	                 Would	you	like	a	visit	from	these	ElderClowns?		

                                                            We are recruiting residential aged care
                                                            facilities in greater Sydney to participate in
                                                            the SMILE humour therapy study.
                                                            For more information see www.dementia.
                                                   or call Dr Belinda Goodenough
                                                            on (02) 93859102.

                    NHMRC Capacity Building Program Grants

Congratulations to researchers Professors Perminder       The capacity building grant compliments the renewal
Sachdev, Henry Brodaty, Gavin Andrews and Stephen         by the NHMRC of a program grant.
Lord at the DCRC: Assessment and Better Care
Outcomes who have been awarded a $2.4 million             The $6.09M grant over 5 years to Perminder
NHMRC Capacity Building Grant to help develop             Sachdev, Henry Brodaty and Gavin Andrews,
a cohort of young researchers who can translate           focuses on “Prevention, Early Detection and Effective
knowledge of the major neuropsychiatric problems          Management of Neurocognitive Disorders in the
facing Australia’s ageing population.                     Elderly”.

Dementia, mild cognitive impairment and depression        This grant provides continuing funds for a neural stem
are the major neuropsychiatric problems that              cell laboratory, studies of ageing in older twins, and
Australia’s ageing population will face in the next 50    the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study, a longitudinal
years and better understanding of their causes and        follow-up of a population cohort of 70-90 year olds
treatment will lead to better health outcomes for older   from eastern Sydney and the Centenarian Study, a
Australians. With the rapid advances in neuroscience,     longitudinal follow-up of persons aged 95 and older.
there is a need for a cohort of young researchers
who can translate this knowledge into better health
outcomes for older Australians. This grant will
enable them to take on this challenge by creating a
springboard for continued independent funding.

Such grants are very exciting and enormously helpful
for the DCRCs as they complement our long term
goal of building research capacity. As this and similar
grants take effect, they cover the cost of research by
our current postdoctoral fellows and thereby create
capacity for appointing new fellows within the centre.
CBG funding builds a stronger base of post doctorate
and early career researchers and extends the program
of mentorship that is an inherent goal of the centres.    Back row (left to right) Professors Gavin Andrews, Perminder Sachdev,
                                                          Stephen Lord and Henry Brodaty. Front row, Post Doctoral Fellows, Drs
                                                          Michael Valenzuela, Lee-Fay Low, Jasmin Menant and Adrienne Withall.

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                     DCRC PROJECTS IN FOCUS

    National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM)

                                                             factors for dementia, with dementia prevalence likely
Can’t	we	make	a	difference?                                  to double every five years after the age of 65. There is
                                                             also increasing evidence suggesting a strong genetic
Can the number of people affected by dementia be
                                                             association between the presence of Apo E e4 allele
reduced by modifying risk behaviour? If so, what is
                                                             (see box below) and the risk of developing dementia.
the magnitude of reduction that we can expect? To
                                                             Age and genes are however not modifiable, but there
answer these questions, NATSEM has developed a
                                                             is increasing recognition of the role of modifiable
computer model that predicts the impact of various
                                                             lifestyle risk factors that play a significant role in the
risk reduction interventions on the prevalence of
                                                             risk of developing dementia and these are the focus
dementia at a population level. This is not a prediction
                                                             of this modelling exercise.
of individual risk.
                                                             This model generates a baseline scenario by applying
In this model, the Australian population aged 45 years
                                                             a constant age-specific dementia prevalence rate to
and older is divided into several groups based on age
                                                             the projected population. To generate intervention
(5-year groups), gender and risk status. Due to limitation
                                                             scenarios for a specific risk factor, a new set of age-
of data availability, risk factors included in this model
                                                             specific dementia prevalence rates are calculated by
are restricted to cigarette smoking, obesity and level of
                                                             combining relative risk and age-specific prevalence of
physical activity.
                                                             the risk factor. The impact of intervention is assessed
Increasing age is one of the most important risk             by comparing intervention and baseline scenarios.

  Apolipoprotein E (ApoE) is a gene that is essential for the normal breakdown of lipoprotein in the
  body. Lipoproteins transport fats and cholesterol that cells in the body rely on. ApoE transports these
  lipoproteins, along with fat-soluble vitamins and cholesterol, into the lymph system and then into the blood.
  It is synthesised principally in the liver, but has also been found in other tissues such as the brain, kidneys,
  and spleen.

  ApoE was initially recognised for its importance in lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular disease. More
  recently, it has been studied for its role in several biological processes not directly related to lipoprotein
  transport, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), immunoregulation and cognition.

  The ApoE gene is polymorphic (has many forms) with three major forms or alleles of the gene being
  ApoEe2, ApoEe3 and ApoEe4. The e4 variant is the only unequivocal genetic risk factor for late-onset
  Alzheimer’s disease in a variety of ethnic groups. Caucasian and Japanese carriers of two e4 alleles
  have between 10 and 30 times the risk of developing AD by 75 years of age, as compared to those not
  carrying any e4 alleles. The exact mechanism of how e4 causes such dramatic effects remains to be fully

  Although 40-65% of people with AD have at least one copy of the 4 allele, ApoEe4 is not a determinant of the
  disease - at least a third of patients with AD are ApoEe4 negative and some people carrying this gene never
  develop the disease.

                                      This information was modified and summarised from Wikipedia (accessed 16.04.09)

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The model shows that reducing the prevalence of           The model was developed at NATSEM by Binod
modifiable lifestyle risk behaviour in the population     Nepal, Laurie Brown and Geetha Ranmuthugala, and
has the potential to make a difference in terms           funded by DCRC: Prevention, Early Intervention and
of containing the dementia epidemic. Without              Risk Reduction.
interventions to address the increasing levels of
physical activity and obesity prevalence observed in      A paper reporting on the findings of this modelling has
Australia, the epidemic that has been predicted purely    been submitted for publication and is currently under
on the ageing structure of the Australian population      review.
has the potential to reach much greater magnitude.
                                                          If you would like further information on
This model structure is generic and has the capacity
                                                          this research please contact Binod Nepal
to assess impact of other risk factors. There is also
further scope to examine the joint impact of two or
more risk factors.

               Predicting the future: Dementia in Australia in 2040
Have you ever wondered what impact Australia’s            Mild forms of dementia, for example, do not require
ageing population will have on the number of people       beds in hospital or expensive medical interventions.
with dementia in the future?                              Families generally take care of the patients and
                                                          provide all necessary care with the help of specialised
Dr Victor Vickland and his team at DCRC: Assessment
                                                          community services and paid carers. Once dementia
and Better Care Outcomes have created a computer
                                                          becomes more severe it often leads to placement
model in order to predict future rates of dementia in
                                                          in supported accommodation or nursing homes.
                                                          Therefore the types of required resources are very
The model predicts there will be 743,000 people with      different and associated costs are largely increased.
dementia in 2040. The number is much higher than
                                                          In 2040 there will be around 235,000 patients with
previously reported by other researcher ten years ago
                                                          moderate dementia comparing with current estimates
but it reflects current trends in ageing population. At
                                                          of around 63,000. The network of nursing homes will
present, 5% of those aged 60 or older have dementia
                                                          need to be increased proportionally. When a severe
but it will increase to 9% of the over 60 population
                                                          dementia is diagnosed the person is almost totally
living with dementia in Australia by 2040.
                                                          dependent on carers. In 2040 there will be 180,000
This poses many questions such as whether our             such persons.
health system will be able to deal with the increased
strain on services.
The answer to this
question is primarily
in the hands of
                                                                                      Mild + Moderate + Severe
policy makers and
politicians; this                                                                            Moderate + Severe
computer model                                                                                Severe Dementia
may help to foresee
relative differences
                                                                                      General population 2040
between resources
required during                                                                       General population 2010
the progression of

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         Technology to Support                                   Technology & Design

The Australian Experience and                           The Design and Technology node of DCRC:
Management of Dementia-related                          Assessment and Better Care Outcomes, led by
Stigma                                                  Richard Fleming, has recently released a review
                                                        of the literature focussing on environmental
The current project of this research team, led          design for people with dementia. This review
by Professor Barbara Horner, aims to improve            can now be found on the DCRC website.
understanding of how people experience and
manage dementia-related stigma in Australia.            The review was assessed by Professor Mary
Of particular interest is how people with               Marshal of the University of Stirling who
dementia and their informal carers in Australia         acknowledged the fit with the Stirling University
experience dementia-related stigma, how                 “Design for People with Dementia: Audit Tool”.
people perceive dementia-related stigma and             The review is now included as part of this
what strategies they employ to manage the               Stirling University publication and the audit
stigma.                                                 tool is used in the mandatory evaluation of
                                                        new environments for people with dementia in
This pilot study will conducted in Western              Scotland where a facility wishes to be known
Australia through semi-structured face-to-              as ‘dementia specific’.
face, tape-recorded interviews of persons with
dementia (pWD) and their informal caregivers            The Design & Technology group have been
which will probe, in depth, the issues surrounding      asked to evaluate the reliability and validity of
dementia-related stigma and its management.             the Stirling Audit Tool (SAT) and this has become
The project initially recruited 15 people recently      the next phase of their project with a view to
diagnosed with dementia and their informal              determining its suitability for use in an audit and
                                                        advice service. The SAT, while firmly based on
caregivers recruited through Alzheimer’s
                                                        research, has not itself been subjected to an
Australia Western Australia (AAWA). Interviews          evaluation of reliability and validity. This is a
have revealed rich data that are currently being        necessary step before the tool can be accepted
analysed.                                               by researchers. It is anticipated that once the
                                                        validity and reliability of the SAT have been
This research is in process and will be available       established it will become the environmental
on the DCRC website when it becomes                     assessment tool of choice.

   Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care (EBPRAC)

The DCRCs are participating in the federal governments Encouraging Best Practice in Residential Aged Care
(EBPRAC) program.

The $21.6 million (over four years) program is designed to encourage nursing homes to use improved evidence-
based clinical care. Projects funded through EBPRAC are run by consortiums consisting of a lead organisation,
a number of aged care homes, researchers and educators.

Researchers from or associated with the DCRCs involved in several EBPRAC evaluations include
HammondCare, Professors Elizabeth Beattie, Rhonda Nay and Lynn Cheonweth and Henry Brodaty. This
represents a good example of the continued commitment by the DCRCs to engage in collaborative activities
within the aged care sector.

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CARING FOR AGED DEMENTIA CARE                               on these skills to their colleagues. It is hoped that
RESIDENT STUDY (CADRES), A CLUSTER-                         these findings will enable the introduction of pCC
RANDOMISED TRIAL OF PERSON-CENTRED-                         as standard practice in residential care homes.
                                                            Full reference: Chenoweth L, King M, Jeon Y-H,
Authors:                                                    Brodaty H, Stein-Parbury J, Norman R, Haas M,
Lynnette Chenoweth, Madeleine King, Yun-Hee                 Luscombe G. Caring for Aged Dementia Care Resident
Jeon, Henry Brodaty, Jane Stein-Parbury, Richard            Study (CADRES) of person-centred-care, dementia-
Norman, Marion Haas and Georgina Luscombe                   care mapping, and usual care in dementia: a cluster-
                                                            randomised trial, The Lancet Neurology(Available on
Professor Lynn Chenowyth, leader of the                     line 12 Mar.09)
Nursing Recruitment/Retention Project for the
DCRC:Assessment and Better Care Outcomes and
her colleagues have published this study in the March
edition of Lancet Neurology.                                A PILOT STUDY OF DIFFERENCES IN
                                                            BEHAVIOURAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL
                        The paper has received wide
                        praise for its demonstration that   SYMPTOMS OF DEMENTIA IN NURSING
                        person-centred care of people       HOME RESIDENTS IN SYDNEY AND
                        with dementia is not only best      SHANGHAI
                        practice for the patient, but is
                        also cost effective.                Authors:
                                                            Helen Wu, Lee-fay Low, Shifu Xiao and Henry
                         People with dementia have          Brodaty
                         complex needs that can be
Professor Lynn Chenowyth difficult to meet and can lead     A cross-cultural study
                         to needs-driven dementia           of     behavioral     and
compromised behaviours such as agitation, sleep             psychological symptoms
disturbance, screaming, crying, and pacing. The             of    dementia    (BPSD)
traditional approach of nursing in residential care         in different settings in
focuses on daily living and leaves many people with         Australia    and    China
dementia spending long hours alone, which can               by Helen Wu (Medical
exacerbate these behaviours. With the prevalence            Honours      Student    at
of dementia likely to quadruple worldwide by 2041,          DCRC: Assessment and
the challenge is to introduce interventions that can        Better Care Outcomes)
maintain standards of care and quality of life for people   and     her    supervisors Helen Wu
with dementia, with only limited funds and staff.           has been published in
                                                            International Pyschogeriatrics.
By using a person-centred care approach which puts
the person with dementia at the centre of the care-         Full reference: Wu HZY, Low L-F, Shifu X, Brodaty
planning process and ensures that they receive              H. A pilot study of differences in behavioural and
appropriate care that meets their needs as individuals,     psychological symptoms of dementia in nursing home
the researchers found that the level of distress to         residents in Sydney and Shanghai, International
patients was not only reduced, but staff were better        Psychogeriatrics (Available on line 4 Mar 09).
able to react and meet the patients’ care needs.

The person-centred approaches trialled in the
study can be taught quickly to staff and over time
be widely applied as staff are supported in passing

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                                                         people with dementia in not just finding ways to apply
TRANSLATING DEMENTIA RESEARCH INTO                       knowledge generated through research in practical
                                                         ways but also in ultimately working together to
                                                         drive the research agenda. Knowledge Translation
Authors:                                                 acknowledges that all of these groups act within a
Brian Draper, Lee-Fay Low, Adrienne Withall,             multidimensional network, disseminating findings
Victor Vickland and Tanya Ward                           widely to effect changes in community awareness,
                                                         clinical practice and health policy and to be effective
This review which examines the concept of                in addressing the research/knowledge gap all must
knowledge translation (KT) and the process of            have a voice.
translating research into practice in the field of
dementia, has been accepted in International
                                                          Like to learn more about Knowledge
It is widely acknowledged that a gap exists between       Translation?
research produced in the field of dementia and the
application of knowledge gained in practice. To           There will be a special presentation by Dr Sue
address this issue there is an increasing focus on        Phillips, Executive Director, of National Institute of
applying concepts such as Knowledge Translation           Clinical Studies at the National Dementia Research
to get research into practice and this is a mandate       Forum this September followed by a follow-up
of the DCRCs.                                             workshop for those wanting to learn more about
To stimulate thought in this area the paper examines      the process and benefits of adopting Knowledge
knowledge gaps of different groups in dementia,           Translation principles in their workplace or being
possible solutions to addressing these gaps and           involved on a personal level.
potential barriers to effective knowledge translation.
                                                          For more information on the National
There is an emphasis on involving all players in          Dementia Research Forum visit our website:
dementia research from researchers, to educators,
clinicians, policy-makers, the general public and


Abstracts are now being sought for the National          How to Submit:
Dementia Research Forum and this year we
are excited to announce that Peer-reviewed               Abstract submissions are to be received no later
selected abstracts will be submitted to the journal      than 5pm Friday 5 June 2009. Please email all
Alzheimer’s and Dementia for publication!                abstracts and full contact details of the presenting
                                                         author (including whether they are an early career
Details:                                                 researcher) to:

Posters will be displayed on both days of the forum      For further information please contact:
(24th & 25th September).                                 Dementia Collaborative Research Centre:
                                                         Assessment and Better Care Outcomes
8 abstracts will be chosen for a 6 minute oral           Phone: 02 9385 9060
presentation (4 minutes presentation and 2 minutes       Email:
for questions) on the 25th.
                                                         Or visit the DCRC Website:
There will be 2 prizes for the most outstanding
presentations by early career researchers (up to 5
years post PhD submission).                              Hurry, submissions close 5 June, 2009.

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                                         STUDENT REPORT:

    Dementia Summer School                                Back in the classroom that we were familiar with as
      University of Tasmania                              PhD students conducting clinical and social research
 Hobart, Tasmania 2nd – 5th February                      we explored every aspect of dementia including
                                                          the genetic implications, the role and value of brain
When the invitation to attend a Dementia Summer           imaging and developments in that area and the
School was presented it seemed like a good                importance of epidemiology. The different dementias
opportunity to learn something more about dementia        and their aetiologies were examined in addition to their
and network with like-minded people – always helpful      clinical evaluation and management. It wouldn’t have
when you are a phD student in the area. We accepted       been a Summer School without stats and yes we were
the invitation enthusiastically.                          challenged with a crash course in statistics by Dr Leigh
                                                          Blizzard who later used an innovative technique to
This was the inaugural Dementia Summer School for         help us apply some of the statistics. Throughout and
the University of Tasmania and was based on those run     largely driven by WDREC’s prof. Andrew Robinson,
in Montpelier by INSERM, the French National Institute    there was an emphasis on methodological rigour in
of Health and Medical Research. INSERM’s research         research and the importance of using research to
director, Tasmanian born Dr. Karen Ritchie was Guest      bring about best practice that is evidence based.
Director and together with enthusiastic teams from
the Wicking Dementia Research & Education Centre          It became clear that the smooth running of the week
(WDREC) and The Menzies Research Institute                was due to the untiring efforts of Jean Elder, who
developed and delivered a stimulating week.               retired from UTAS on the last day of the school and is
                                                          currently backpacking in Patagonia! Always cheerful
One look at the Summer School Program was                 and obliging, Jean left no stone unturned to ensure
sufficient to make us realise that this was no ordinary   the school ran without a hiccough from dealing with
education week but one in which dementia was              challenging technology to arranging delicious and
to receive the priority that it requires in a holistic    nutritious catering.
framework. All aspects of the different dementias and
dementia research were covered through lectures           Left to our own devices in the evenings iconic
and workshops. This resulted in students researching      Salamanca place seemed to be the logical place to
biomarkers,      designing    qualitative   community     find further sustenance, reflect on our days, continue
intervention programs and grappling with statistics       discussions and forge new connections.
and more! One morning we were introduced to the
                                                          UTAS, WDREC and the Menzies Research Institute
biologists at the Menzies Research Institute who work
                                                          support a vibrant dementia research cohort and it
on the role of genetics in dementia using “transgenic”
                                                          was a privilege to join them and learn from such a
mice. Under their capable instruction we extracted
                                                          passionate and inspiration group of presenters from so
DNA from fruit. The final sample of strawberries looked
                                                          many speciality areas of dementia care and research.
surprisingly like DNA from a mouse which we used
                                                          This Dementia Summer School would not have been
as we were taken step by step through the complex
                                                          possible without all who supported the concept and
process of sequencing genes! We also viewed
                                                          worked collaboratively to make it a reality. We thank
the characteristic Alzheimer’s plaques and tangles
                                                          them and the DCRC for the opportunity to be involved
through their high power microscopes and watched
                                                          in this exciting and valuable initiative.
while they prepared TG (transgenic) mice for in vivo
imaging. By the end of the session we felt we had
                                                                Kathryn Nicholson and Trish Shuter are joint
gained considerable insight into their operation and
                                                              DCRC:Carers and Consumers and Alzheimer’s
those DNA “barcodes” now take on new meaning!                      Australia Research Scholarship Students

                                                             Claire Thompson is a PhD Student with DCRC:
                                                                     Assessment and Better Care Outcomes

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  DCRC:Carers and Consumers and Alzheimer’s Australia Research Scholarship Students

                           Project:                       of the positive aspects of the care giving experience
                           Predictors of                  and the relationship of the caregiver and the person
                           complicated grief and          with dementia. Many of these identified issues are
                           health outcomes in             consistent with the literature. Focus on these issues
                           family caregivers of           presents the opportunity for research that identifies
                           people with dementia.          appropriate and effective early interventions to avoid
                                                          complicated grief in this group.
                           Patricia Shuter,               Project:
                           Professor Helen                Dementia with Lewy
                           Edwards, Professor             Bodies: Evaluating
   Patricia Shuter         Elizabeth Beattie & Dr         carers’ experiences.
                           Sandy Sacre
The primary aim of this research project is to            Kathryn Nicholson,
determine whether the occurrence of complicated           Dr Pamela St Leger &
grief is significantly related to health outcomes of      Professor David Ames
family caregivers of people with severe dementia. A                                     Kathryn Nicholson
secondary aim is to determine whether a palliative        Dementia       with     Lewy
approach to care as well as other protective factors,     bodies (DLB) is a disease that is not well recognised
have the capacity to improve health for these             although it is now thought to be the second most
caregivers following the death of their relative. An      common form of dementia. It differs from Alzheimer’s
initial qualitative scoping study has been completed,     disease in that short term memory is often preserved
the results of which will inform the second stage,        in the early stages of the disease. DLB can also be
a prospective cohort follow up study of caregiver         mistaken for Parkinson’s disease. The psycho-social
health outcomes. preliminary findings indicate that       aspects of DLB have not been studied in depth
the issues that have the most impact on this group        however it is thought that caring for people with this
are not those directly related to the day to day tasks    disease presents unique challenges. This project will
associated with care giving but rather individual         explore DLB from carers’ perspectives to understand
characteristics and coping strategies, loss and           their experiences, ascertain their needs and identify
grief experiences, and encounters with formal care        gaps in service provision. It has important implications
providers. Other significant issues include recognition   for raising the profile of DLB.

                          PhD SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY

Are you interested in undertaking research into           We welcome creative ideas and applications from
ageing? Would you like to work with an experienced,       graduates with a strong academic record from a wide
enthusiastic multidisciplinary team, receive excellent    variety of disciplines.
supervision, have opportunities to develop research
skills and contribute to the intellectual life of a new   Preference will be given to applications focusing on
centre dedicated to improving the quality of life of      Intellectual Disability and Dementia but all applications
people with dementia?                                     will be considered carefully.

The Australian government funded Dementia                 If you would like to discuss potential topics or require
Collaborative Research Centre – Assessment and            supervision please contact us.
Better Care Outcomes for People with Dementia at          Phone: 02 9385 9060
the University of New South Wales invites applications    Email:
from graduates looking to build a career in research      More information is available on our website:
relevant to the area of Assessment and Better Care
Outcomes for People with Dementia.                        Hurry, applications close 18 May, 2009.
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Are you interested in learning more                              Knowledge Translation in Dementia
about	dementia?                                                  Dr Sue Phillips
                                                                 Executive Director
Hosted by the Dementia Collaborative Research                    National Institute of Clinical Studies
Centres (DCRCs), the Annual National Dementia
Research Forum will be held at the Wesley Conference             Advances in Drug Treatments of Alzheimer’s disease
Centre in Sydney on 24-25 September 2009.
                                                                 Associate professor Michael Woodward
The theme of the Forum is ‘Translating Research into             Director, Aged and Residential Care
Practice’ and there will be an emphasis on how lessons           Austin Health
from academia can translate into best practice at the clinical
coalface. The Forum will showcase the latest research in
                                                                 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
diagnosis, treatment and management of dementia, as
well as providing updates on drug treatments, prevention         To register or for more information about the forum
of dementia and maintaining quality of life with dementia.       please visit the DCRC Website:
This unique event will bring together a diverse group of
participants, including health professionals, aged care
workers, researchers, clinicians, service providers,
carers and people with dementia.                                 Call For Poster Abstracts
We are delighted to announce that The Hon. Justine               Abstracts are now being sought for the National
Elliot MP, Minister for Ageing, will open the Forum.             Dementia Research Forum and this year we
                                                                 are excited to announce that Peer-reviewed
There will be presentations by prominent local and
                                                                 selected abstracts will be submitted to the journal
international key note speakers on a wide range of
                                                                 Alzheimer’s and Dementia for publication!
topics. Including,
                                                                 For further information please contact:
Providing dementia care in the community: an
                                                                 Dementia Collaborative Research Centre:
evidence based approach
                                                                 Assessment and Better Care Outcomes
Professor Constantine Lyketsos                                   Phone: 02 9385 9060
Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor                               Email:
The Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre, USA
                                                                 Or visit the DCRC Website:
Dementia in Indigenous People                          
Professor GA (Tony) Broe
Senior Principal Research Fellow and Professor of                Hurry, submissions close 5 June, 2009.
Geriatric Medicine
University of New South Wales

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                                    Follow-up Report:
                             Younger Onset Dementia Summit
                             23-24 February 2009 in Canberra

                                  With thanks to Glenn Rees National Executive Director,
                                  Alzheimer’s Australia

A summit jointly hosted by Alzheimer’s Australia and         A Summit Communiqué was agreed to by participants,
the Parliamentary Friends of Dementia on 23 & 24             setting out the issues and recommended action. It
February was told that dementia could                                     was presented to the Minister for Ageing,
strike at any age and that there are                                      Justine Elliot, the Shadow Minister for
10,000 Australians under 65 living with                                   Health, Peter Dutton, and the Shadow
dementia.                                                                 Minister for Ageing, Margaret May.

Heartbreaking uncertainty for many                                         There are links between dementia
years before the condition was correctly                                   and other neurological diseases such
diagnosed and poor access to services                                      as Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s
characterised the experience of most                                       disease and Multiple Sclerosis as well
Summit participants. Most available                                        as with HIV/AIDs and vascular disease
dementia care services are for older                                       and alcohol abuse. Organisations
                                             Patricia Henwood
people.                                      Person with Younger Onset
                                                                           representing these conditions were
                                             Dementia and Summit           invited to the Summit and agreed to
Carers at the Summit stressed the need       Participant
                                                                           develop closer collaboration on key
for respite services that are available                                    areas of common interest in supporting
when and where they are needed and                                         younger people with dementia.
which respond creatively to the special social needs
and interests of younger people.                             The Communiqué and a new publication Younger
                                                             Onset Dementia: A practical guide can be accessed
Research was an issue of concern to Summit                   through the Alzheimer’s Australia website at:
participants. Apart from increased funding, participants
agreed that there needed to be an initiative to    
encourage enrolment into brain donor programs since
fundamental research into the dementias is heavily
dependent upon these resources.

          The 24th Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International
                                25-28 March, 2009. Singapore.

The annual ADI conference is unique in that it               Keynote speakers included Peter Baume, President
brings together scientists, clinicians, carers, national     of Alzheimer’s Australia (NSW), Jenny Abbey from
Alzheimer Associations and people with dementia              QUT DCRC and Henry Brodaty from UNSW DCRC.
from around the world. Over 1100 people attended
the event in Singapore with the theme of “Dementia:          Henry’s presentations are available on the DCRC
Engaging Societies Around the World”. Sessions               website at:
focussed on engaging people with dementia, quality 
of care and quality of life and science and creativity in    follow the links to ‘Talks’.

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 Geriatric	Psychiatry	Across	the	Pacific	–	Report	from	a	Workforce	
     Symposium held at the American Association of Geriatric
           Psychiatry Annual Meeting, Hawaii, March 2009

                   Report by:
                   Associate Professor Brian Draper
                   Special Groups Node Leader for DCRC:Assessment and Better
                   Care Outcomes
                   Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA), Royal Australian &
                   New Zealand College of psychiatrists (RANZCp)

A symposium that I co-ordinated at the American         Rob Llewellyn-Jones from Sydney has been
Association of Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP) annual       providing a fly-in/fly-out old age psychiatry service
meeting held in Hawaii in March 2009 focussed on        to remote parts of western New South Wales and
work force in old age psychiatry. This is crucial for   other regional centres and is passionate about
dementia care, as old age psychiatrists play major      the needs of rural Australia. He described his
roles in assessing, treating people with dementia       experiences in providing this service and showed
and managing behavioural symptoms.                      some extraordinary photos from outback Australia
                                                        that emphasised the distance, isolation and
Despite the rapidly ageing population around the        harsh climatic conditions intermingled with the
world, many countries are having difficulties in        beauty, resilience and character of the people and
attracting health professionals of most disciplines     landscapes.
to work with older people. In many countries there
are also problems in recruiting medical graduates       On behalf of FPOA, I undertook a workforce survey
to train in psychiatry; so it is not surprising         of FPOA members in late 2008 and presented data
that    the    subspecialty                                                    from the survey. Australia
of old age psychiatry                                                          and New Zealand has
(geriatric       psychiatry,                                                   had fewer problems with
psychogeriatrics)       that                                                   recruitment and retention
recruits from within the                                                       of old age psychiatrists.
psychiatry        workforce                                                    Perhaps part of the reason
has     been     challenged                                                    for that is the high level of
to fill its training posts.                                                    job satisfaction revealed
This situation has been                                                        by the survey with over
particularly a problem in                                                      88% satisfied with their
North America.                                                                 job.      Still    workforce
                                                                               shortages exist especially
Paul Kirwin from Yale has                                                      in the outer suburbs of
been tracking the geriatric                                                    capital cities and in rural/
psychiatry and geriatric                                                       regional areas. Private
medicine workforce in                                                          practice in Australia has
the US for some years. AAGP Meeting participants                               barriers that include poor
His       presentation     was                                                 remuneration and lack of
stark and worrying. Since                                                      multidisciplinary support.
2001 there has been nearly a 40% decrease in
geriatric psychiatrists in the US and the current       Gary Moak, the 2007/8 AAGP President, noted
number represents about one third the number that       the similar themes in the presentations and
AAGP estimates is required based on one geriatric       emphasised the importance of an international
psychiatrist per 10,000 persons aged 75 years and       approach to addressing these workforce concerns.
over. Barriers to workforce development include         It is hoped that this symposium will encourage
the need for extra training, poor remuneration and      further international collaboration regarding the old
difficulties in career pathways                         age psychiatry workforce.

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            Dementia Services and Information

APPLICATIONS                                         GRANTS
Positive Living in Aged Care is a two year award     For the Attention of Research Grants
project funded by NSW Health, developed through      Administrators:
the NSW Older people’s Mental Health Working
Group and managed by both peak organisations         Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) would like to
ACS NSW & ACT and ACAA-NSW. The Awards are           announce the 2009 Dementia Grants Program. This
open to all Commonwealth funded residential aged     year, AAR is proud to offer a range of grants, such as:
care facilities in NSW. Winners receive $5,000 and
$10,000.                                             New Researcher Grants

Applications are due 30 June 2009 with the awards    4 AAR Dementia Research Grants of $20,000
ceremony 17 August 2009.                             2 Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care of
The Application Package can be obtained from the     $20,000
ACS NSW & ACT website at:
                                                     Travel Grants
                                                     Rosemary Foundation Travel Grant of $15,000
ACAA-NSW website at:                                   Postdoctoral Fellowships

                                                     3 AAR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dementia ($45,000
                                                     per year for 2 years with payments matched by
COTA NSW pRESENTS:                                   applicants’ institution)
RESPONSIBILITIES                                     Applications for all awards close Monday 27 April
SHARE YOUR VIEWS                                     2009.

The forum will also include:                         For application forms and further information:
                                                     Phone: 02 6254 4233
• Impacts of gaps in human rights protection
Identifying breaches, what can be done and what      cfm?topicid=250	
needs to be done

• What rights could a Charter of Rights include

Can we reach agreement on what should be
included?                                            pOSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW
                                                     (CALD DEMENTIA PROJECT) OPPORTUNITY
Date: Wednesday 29 April
                                                     A Project Manager position (at Postdoctoral Research
Time: 10.30 am to 12.30 pm                           Fellow level) is currently being recruited to manage
                                                     an NHMRC-funded research project at Liverpool
                                                     in Sydney. Although the appointment is with the
Level 1, SMSA 280 Pitt St
                                                     University of Queensland, it will be physically based
                                                     at the Aged Care Research Unit at Liverpool Hospital.
Morning tea provided
                                                     The position description and selection criteria
For more information:                                are available at at:
please contact COTA NSW on (02) 9286 3860
                                                     Applications Close: 22 May 2009

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Further Information:
                                                              Networking and Support
Associate Professor Jon Adams via email or
                                                         ARE YOU INTERESTED IN HEARING FROM
Dr Chris Shanley on (02) 9612 0646 or email              OTHER EARLY CAREER RESEARCHERS                    AND THEIR SUPERVISORS ABOUT THEIR
                                                         Lab meetings, hosted by the DCRC: Assessment and
DEMENTIA BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT                            Better Care Outcomes in Sydney, are a great forum
ADVISORY SERVICE WA                                      for discussion and taking some fresh perspectives
                                                         back to your own work.
                                                         These meetings take place from 3.30 - 4:30pm on the
“Transforming Lives - Innovative Approaches to           fourth Friday of most months.
Supporting People with Dementia”
                                                         Next lab meeting:
Keynote speakers include; Dr Jane Byrne (University      Friday 24th April 2009 – 3.30 to 4.30pm
of Manchester), professor Wendy Moyle (Griffith
University and DCRC), Professor Myrra Vernooij-          Venue:
Dassen (Radbound University Nijmegen Medical             DCRC: Assessment and Better Care Outcomes
Centre) and Professor Henry Brodaty (DCRC).              45 Beach St, Coogee NSW 2034

When: Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August 2009.             Enquiries & RSVP:
                                                         Phone: 9385 9060
Where: perth, Western Australia                          Email:
For more information:                                    Presenters:
Email:                                Dr Holly Mack - ‘The Koori Growing
Phone: (08) 9398 1488.                                   Old Well Study: A Life Cycle
                                                                                              Dr Holly Mack
MANAGING CHALLENGING BEHAVIOURS                          Dr Karen Mather - ‘Telomeres and
IN OLDER pEOpLE WITH COGNITIVE                           Ageing: The long and short of it’
                                                         All Welcome!
When: 28-29 May 2009

Where: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Melbourne.

This event features leading DCRC researchers,

Prof David Ames, University of Melbourne Professor of
Ageing and Health, Director National Ageing Research
Institute, Editor International Psychogeriatrics, VIC

Prof Daniel O’Connor, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry,
Monash University, VIC

Dr Lyn Chenoweth, Professor of Aged & Extended                    DCRC Early Career Researchers and
                                                                  past Lab Meeting participants.
Care Nursing, University of Technology Sydney, NSW

For more information:

Phone: 02-4963 5150

                                                                                                        Page 17
 Want further training in
 dementia care?
 Four Dementia Training Study Centres (DTSCs) were established in 2006 as part of the
 Australian Government’s Dementia Initiative. The DTSCs work in partnership with other tertiary
 institutions, health-care and service-industry providers, to establish and implement tertiary level dementia
 education and training resources and programmes, with the vision of strengthening Australia’s
 dementia-care workforce.
 Targeting a range of health professionals, including nurses, general practitioners, medical specialists
 (e.g. geriatricians and psychiatrists), social workers, occupational and diversional therapists, psychologists
 and other allied health disciplines, the DTSCs provide dementia education to health professionals qualified
 and/or seeking to be qualified at a tertiary level, by developing and promoting a variety of undergraduate
 and postgraduate dementia curricula and training resources, the DTSCs also offer a number of
 dementia-specific scholarships.

 Need more
 If you are a student, health professional, service
 or education provider and would like to find out
 more about the many new and exciting
 dementia education and training opportunities
 in your area, contact your closest DTSC:

 Eastern Australia DTSC (NSW, QLD and the ACT)       South Australia and Northern Territory DTSC   TIME for dementia (VIC and TAS DTSC)             Western Australia DTSC

 School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health Alzheimer’s Australia SA                       Australian Centre for Evidence Based Aged Care   Centre for Research on Ageing
 Building 41.228                                     27 Conyngham Street                           c/-Bundoora Extended Care Centre                 Curtin University of Technology
 The University of Wollongong                        Glenside SA 5065                              1231 Plenty Road                                 Suite 2 - Enterprise Building 4
 Northfields Avenue                                                                                Bundoora VIC 3038                                De Laeter Way Technology Park,
 Wollongong NSW 2522                                                                                                                                Bentley WA 6102
 T: (02) 4221 5927                                   T: (08) 8372 2100                             T (03) 9495 3331                                 T: (08) 9266 1831
 F: (02) 4221 4718                                   F: (08) 8338 3390                             F: (03) 9495 3154                                F: (08) 9266 2508
 E:                              E:                   E:               E:
 W:                       W:                W:          W:

                                                            Training to care for people with dementia

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Want to learn about dementia?
Interested in future training
and career development?
eastern australia dementia Training and Study Centre
The eadTSC is one of four dementia Training Study Centres funded by the australian
government to support health professionals gain skills and knowledge in dementia care. The
eadTSC provides a range of education and training opportunities through the following seven
Core activities:
 UndergradUaTe ConTenT                                                       ClInICal WorkShoPS
 a fully online education resource, available to all health practitioners,   eadTSC develops and hosts Clinical Workshops which focus
 dementia education online (deo) has been developed by                       on key issues facing professionals working in dementia care.
 the eadTSC. The main target audience is students studying or                These Clinical Workshops aim to enhance the practical skills and
 working in multi-disciplinary areas of health. The resource may             knowledge of participants. The workshops are developed and
 also be relevant and useful to aged and dementia care staff. deo            facilitated by leading australian and overseas dementia care
 provides a flexible interdisciplinary learning resource for staff and       experts and are held in both metropolitan and regional areas.
 students to improve their knowledge and skills in working with
 people who have dementia and their families.                                gUeST leCTUreS
                                                                    eadTSC hosts monthly guest lectures. These one hour lectures
 PoSTgradUaTe STUdIeS                                               are presented by leading australian and overseas dementia
 Three new postgraduate dementia subjects have been launched researchers from a range of health disciplines across industry and
 by the eadTSC. These subjects are contemporary to the australian research settings. These presentations provide an opportunity for
 context and have been developed by leading academics at the those studying and working in dementia care to be updated on
 eadTSC partner institutions. These courses are designed to provide recent research and practice innovations, as well as networking
 flexible learning opportunities for people working in community, and exchanging ideas.
 acute care, and/or residential aged care settings. These subjects
 can be taken by those interested in professional development reSearCh and ConSUlTanCy
 activities or to gain formal qualifications in dementia care.      The eadTSC works closely with the dementia Collaborative
                                                                    research Centres (dCrC) and dementia Behavior management
 SCholarShIPS                                                       and advisory Service (dBmaS) and other australian government
 eadTSC Scholarships are designed to assist health professionals dementia Initiatives to enable practitioners to implement best
 and students increase their skills and knowledge in dementia care. practice into dementia care. The eadTSC is able to provide
 The Scholarships are open to undergraduate and postgraduate consultancy services to industry on a range of dementia care
 students who can demonstrate a special interest in the care of issues. eadTSC staff are experienced in providing advice on a
 people with dementia. These scholarships provide invaluable wide range of dementia issues including tailored training and
 support to students in their professional development activities implementing best practice care.
 and specialise in dementia care.
                                                                    ConTaCT US
 Work BaSed PlaCemenTS                                              The eadTSC has established a network of 2,000 database Contacts
 eadTSC Work Based Placements are designed to enhance the                    including students, practitioners, educators, and researchers
 skills of health professionals and students working (or planning to         interested in learning more about dementia care.
 work) in the area of dementia. Individuals undertaking these Work           If you are interested in further information on any of our Core
 Based Placements will work alongside an expert in dementia care             activities, or being placed on our database to be notified of
 in industry, research or teaching. each placement is supported by           upcoming eadTSC events, please contact us:
 a mentor who has completed a two day training workshop. The
 role of the mentor is to plan the placement to ensure it meets the          Ph: (02) 4221 5927 (nSW/aCT) or (07) 3138 5943 (Qld)
 students’ learning and career objectives and provide advice and             email:
 support during the placement.                                               Website:

                                       Training to care for people with dementia

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                                         2009 DIARY DATES

  Next LAB Meeting at DCRC - Assessment                     Alzheimer’s Australia Conference
  and Better Care Outcomes                                  When: 3-5 June 2009
                                                            Where: Adelaide
                                                            For more information:
  Dr Holly Mack - ‘The Koori Growing Old          
  Well Study: A Life Cycle Approach’
                                                            National Dementia Research Forum
  Dr Karen Mather - ‘Telomeres and Ageing:
                                                            When: 24-25 Sept 2009 Sydney
  The long and short of it’
                                                            Where: Sydney
  When: Friday 24th April 2009                              More information is available on the DCRC
        3.30 to 4.30pm                                      website:
  Venue: 45 Beach St, Coogee. Sydney.

  For more information:                                     Public Health Forum on Brain Plasticity
                                                            When: Monday 9th November 2009
  Phone: (02) 9385 9060                                     Where: EASTS Leagues Club, Sydney
                                                            More information will be available on the
                                                            DCRCwebsite closer to the event:

                                    Depression in the Elderly
                                        14-15 May 2009

It is well established that as many as half of people
in residential aged care services are depressed. The         To Register Online or Download the registration
proportion of elderly people receiving community             brochure visit & click
services who are depressed is not so well researched         on the conference link.
but anecdotal evidence suggests that it could be             Hurry!!
almost as high.                                              Registrations closing end of April.
HammondCare’s 5th National Conference on
Depression in the Elderly will focus on the topic;           Contact for a
Depression in the elderly: should we improve                 copy of registration brochure or see
assessment and management or just concentrate on    and follow the
being happy?                                                 links to the conference page.

The conference discussions will be stimulating and           Contact HammondCare by email:
informed by the keynote addresses of Professor Dan 
Blazer from the Duke University Medical Centre, USA          or by tel: 02 8295 0381
and Professor David Ames, the Director of the National
Ageing Research Institute at the University of Melbourne.

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