Don’t miss out! Early Bird Registration Closes 31 March

In the current climate of uncertainty in the Australian aged care sector how do we move forward to ensure the best care is provided for those people most in need?

The International Dementia Conference “Care in the Age of Outrage “will showcase international and national thought leaders on topics that will provide actionable knowledge in dementia care.

“During the two-day conference you can expect to hear diverse views and opinions that will encourage healthy debate on key areas on policy, research and practice,” explains Associate Professor Colm Cunningham, Director of The Dementia Centre.

In its 25-year history, the International Dementia Conference has been a forum to hear and discuss hot topics that are trending in the area of aged and dementia care. At #IDC2020 Professor Craig Ritchie, Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing at the University of Edinburgh and Director of Edinburgh Dementia Prevention, will present a plenary lecture with the controversial title “Dementia doesn’t exist”, examining current views on dementia diagnosis and treatment.

Professor Susan Kurrle, Associate Professor Steven Macfarlane, and Dr Duncan McKellar will build on the discussion during the panel session “#BPSD, a long and winding road”. As internationally recognised experts in their field, they will debate the issue of dementia diagnosis, what is cognitive decline, and the complexities of meeting the needs of a person with advanced dementia.

Personal stories from people with a lived experience of dementia will continue to be a highlight at #IDC2020, providing powerful messages that may confront our perceptions and understanding of the health care system, reinforcing the importance of an individualised approach to care. 

Our ability to effectively communicate how we feel and what we need or want is vital to our quality of life. In the plenary lecture “Dementia is beautiful”, MJ Grant, a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and whose mother is living with dementia, will take the audience on a journey of love and understanding.  Through the skill of sign language, MJ Grant will challenge our views about what is effective communications and the ability to form unique connections through non-verbal methods.

Challenging the concept of what it means to “care” for a person with dementia is also a subject that will be investigated in the panel sessions “Carers in conversation: Tomorrow might be better” and “Nursing Panel: What’s nursing go to do with aged care?”

The diverse program within the concurrent sessions at this year’s International Dementia Conference will challenge the paradigm of how traditional aged care is delivered.

Presentations examining the environment in which care is delivered, new technologies, end of life care, person centred care, and building a sustainable aged care workforce are only a selection of what is on offer for attendees at #IDC2020.

“At the heart of our conference are the experiences and stories of people with dementia and those that care for people with dementia. We believe we have created a program tailored to everyone’s needs,” says A/Prof Cunningham.

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