Understanding Dementia: An Introduction

Date: TBC
Location: Virtual
Venue: Online
Event type: Webinar
Understanding Dementia: An Introduction



This workshop is designed for Case Staff working in a residential or community care setting.



This is an introductory module which addresses frequently asked questions about dementia. It focuses on the experience of the person living with dementia and develops understanding of the person's perspective. It introduces current best practice approaches and challenges staff to reflect on their practice.



At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Define dementia, outline prevalence in Australia and identify risk factors
  • List some causes and types of dementia
  • Describe common symptoms and the progression of dementia
  • Explain the perspective of the person living with dementia - the physical, psychological, social impact of dementia
  • Identify key concepts in best practice (dementia as disability, knowing the person, relationship based care, life engagement).


Polly Whitworth - Consultant, Dementia Centre, HammondCare

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Originally from the UK, Polly now lives in Sydney. She is a qualified occupational therapist and accredited dementia consultant, with a specialist interest in creating enabling environments for people living with dementia.

Polly’s interest in dementia care first started when her own mother was diagnosed with younger onset Alzheimer’s disease. This hands on care giving experience for her mother opened Polly’s eyes to the profound impact that the physical and social environment can have on the experience of living with dementia.

Polly has worked in a variety of dementia care setting. She has worked for the Alzheimer’s Society bringing communities together via the Dementia Café. She has worked in clinical settings providing advice and training on how to assist a person living with dementia to move. Polly also has valuable experience of working within post-diagnostic services in which she provided 1:1 support as well as group therapy intervention.

Polly has extensive training experience with expertise in the development and delivery of educational packages. She has committed her career to the field of dementia care with the ambition of educating others and the overall aim of instilling hope.


Understanding Dementia: An Introduction