Papers sought for 2018 International Dementia Conference

Submissions for papers and poster presentations for the 2018 International Dementia Conference are now being invited.

Colm and Agnes Web

A/Prof Colm Cunningham, Director of HammondCare's Dementia Centre, said the theme of "Mission Impossible? Truth and Lies in the Age of Choice" would provide an opportunity for a broad and provocative range of presentations.

The International Dementia Conference has always sought to challenge, inform and inspire, and next year's conference is no different he said.

Presenters and participants all have a common goal to improve the lives of people living with dementia and those who care for them. The central theme, regarding choice and decision making, will be the driving platform for the conference and we hope to confront and debate what choices mean for people with dementia in every aspect of life and critically consider what the truth of choice really means.

Abstracts from those working in scientific, clinical and psychosocial research are welcome along with submissions around practice and innovation in the delivery of services.

Papers and contributions from people with dementia and carers who have unique perspectives are particularly encouraged.

  • Oral presentations: a two-minute video clip is requested to be uploaded as part of your submission, containing a brief introduction to the presenter and the abstract. This submission platform will be in addition to a written text.
  • ePosters: to enhance the delegate experience of this important information, we are pleased to provide an ePoster platform. All selected submissions will then be requested in electronic pdf or an interactive PowerPoint slide. 

Proposed topics and themes:

  1. “Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want”: Choice In Care!
  2. “It’s Getting Better”: Innovation in Care and Support
  3. “It’s My Life”; It’s My Death 
  4. “Express Yourself”: Dementia and Changes in Behaviour 
  5. Design: “Just Do It” and “If You’re Going To Do It, Do It Right” 
  6. “Let’s talk about sex”: Sexuality, Intimacy and Relationships
  7. “Imagine”: Inventive and Therapeutic Approaches
  8. “If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words”: Arts in Health
  9. “You’re the voice”: Inclusion, Collaboration and Co-Development
  10. "Hymn to the Silence": Spiritual and Pastoral Care Choices
  11. “Leader of the Pack”: Developing Dementia Leadership
  12. “Another Brick in the Wall”: Education
  13. “Back to the Future”: Technology in Care 
  14. “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”: Quality, Safety and Risk 
  15. “What A Difference A Day Makes”: Day and Respite Services
  16. “Something’s Cooking In The Kitchen”: Dining By Engagement
  17. “What About Me?”: Dementia Inclusive Communities
  18. “It Ain’t What You Do, It’s The Way That You Do It”: Models of Care
  19. “We Are Family”: Supporting the Family Carer 
  20. “We Are Young”: Younger Onset and Working Age Dementia
  21. “Emergency!”: Hospital Care and Meeting Complex Health Needs
  22. "Dedication": Specialist Services - What They Should Look Like.
  23. Other side of the Street – papers that don’t fit the list

Key Dates:

  • Abstracts to be submitted by 24 November 2017
  • Successful contributors notified by 1 December 2017
  • Conference to be held at the Hilton, Sydney 7-8 June 2018 
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