Call For Papers

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We invite submissions for paper and poster presentations for our 2020 International Dementia Conference - Care in the Age of Outrage

In 2020, ‘Care in the Age of Outrage’ will be the central theme of our conference. Taking place in a period of significant reflection here in Australia through a Royal Commission on Aged Care and similar international initiatives seeking to reform and inform dementia care, this conference will explore how we shape the future of how we live, love and care together.

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Submission Guidelines

We are inviting submissions for both oral presentations and ePosters.

Oral Presentations: A 2 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 abstract on your topic.

ePosters: This is an opportunity to present your work in a visual format. All selected submissions will then be requested in an electronic pdf or an interactive PowerPoint slide. Further information will be provided if your submission is selected.

To submit an abstract for consideration, please ensure that you have the following ready:

  1. Your selected theme from the group below that your abstract represents.
  2. Your choice of either an oral presentation or an ePoster.
  3. If you are submitting for an oral presentation, you will be required to:
    1. Upload a photo if your abstract is selected.
    2. Provide name/s, organisation, biography and contact details for ALL presenters if there are more than one.
    3. A written abstract that should be no more than 200 words.
    4. A 2 minute video recording that discusses your abstract. This should be saved on a platform such as Dropbox or Vimeo. Ensure you include a sharable link in your submission.

If you are a person living with dementia or their carer, please contact us on +61 2 8437 7355 to discuss how you can submit an abstract.

Key dates

The deadline for submissions for oral presentations is 5pm AEDST on the 8th November 2019. Late submissions will not be accepted for oral presentations, but may be accepted as ePoster presentations.

2020 Themes

The language and words we use to understand and describe behaviours have many lenses and meanings. What is the ‘right’ terminology to use when talking about dementia? Are the words we use at diagnosis and in the early stages of dementia sufficient to describe the clinical issues that can occur in the later stages, and the wide range of conditions that are described as dementia? If there is only one set of agreed terms, is there evidence to validate this – or can we only give guidance and advice. And is it ever right to have a ban on language?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Share personal views
  • Outline clinical and practical experience
  • Provide research and evidence
  • Demonstrate experience from effective programs that work with people who need advice and support to understand behaviours when they occur
  • Share models specialist dementia services and units
  • Outline the role of frameworks and tools to assist us in better understanding ‘behaviour changes’

Papers from people living with dementia are an important part of the conference. We invite you to share your experience, views, writings and projects – there are no limits to the topics for discussion. It’s important to ensure the needs of people where verbal communication may no longer be the primary form of expression also have a ‘voice’. Papers from people living with dementia are an important part of the conference. We invite you to share your experience, views, writings and projects – there are no limits to the topics for discussion. It’s important to ensure the needs of people where verbal communication may no longer be the primary form of expression also have a ‘voice’. 

We are seeking papers that:

  • Represent different and individual experiences, cultures, ages and backgrounds
  • Offer specific presentations on the needs of people at the later stage of dementia 

People living with dementia can be supported to prepare a submission and can present individually or with their care partner. If you would like assistance to plan or prepare your submission, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Submissions from people living with dementia that are accepted to present at the conference will be supported by a speaker’s fee and consideration of assistance with travel and accommodation.

Our conference will have a significant number of design streams. Led by two of our Senior Associate Architects, these streams will run across both days with sessions aimed at architects, commissioners, designers, planners and the people who operate services.

We know that great environmental design can support a person living with dementia to function more independently and experience less confusion, anxiety and frustration. This can ultimately reduce dependency on staff and carers. We want to review design across different settings; community, care home and hospitals, and share the latest innovation and developments in dementia-related design.

We are seeking papers that:

  • Showcase the best in international dementia design
  • Offer interactive, physical models and use of VR platforms
  • Describe research on design that demonstrates quality improvement
  • Outline successful project management and decision making: how do we get it right?
  • Describe refurbishment projects: what we need to think about and learn from experience
  • Engage with the innovators and pace setters in dementia design
  • Describe care settings – what do we mean when we talk about ‘community’, ‘village’ and ‘care home’ environments
  • Recommend designs that meet the needs of people with complex care or at end of life

There are opportunities to consider bespoke demonstrations or displays of work.

Speak to our Architecture team to help shape your submission by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In 2019, the first International Conference on Palliative Dementia Care took place. Why has it taken so long for palliative care and dementia care to find their connection and change practice for the better? If most people want to die at home, what does this mean for dementia services into the future? Why are unmet needs at end of life being confused for behaviours, and what needs to change?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Focus on end of life decision making and advance care planning
  • Outline end of life care solutions within supportive community and residential care settings
  • Offer treatment and interventions at the end of life
  • Focus on palliative care projects and learning from practice
  • Support families and care staff during the final weeks
  • Present research findings and examples of best practice in the community, residential and hospice care

We often hear about what is wrong in food culture despite the many examples of innovation and collaboration. What has changed in food culture to improve the engagement and experience of people in dementia care?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Do olfactory and other sensory changes mean we need to think about food and mealtimes in a different way?
  • Are there ‘miracle’ foods that help with cognition that we need to know about?
  • Present current research and evidence about best practice
  • Debate whether our focus is on a person’s weight or is it about their wellbeing?
  • The rights of a person with dementia – what does it mean to support someone to eat what they want, even if it’s against guidance? How do we support choice at the interface of regulation and guidance?

Technology has an important role to play in supporting care, from care planning platforms to robotic innovations. The pressure to use monitoring technologies raises many questions about why, how and the issues of trust and privacy. With the need for the right technologies that inform and enhance care, what should we be considering?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Present research findings into technology platforms and their use
  • Outline ethical dilemmas and issues in practice
  • Challenges about ethics – rights to privacy for residential care staff if they are on camera all the time
  • Demonstrate what new technologies are driving innovation in residential and community care

We welcome expressions of interest in regards to demonstrations or displays of technology and innovation.

Education isn’t just about one person; the effects can reach the entire community. Can the transformative power of education really change everything? Is this the key to great care for people living with dementia?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Outline innovative training programmes
  • Describe what’s new in eLearning
  • Outline consumer education strategies
  • Demonstrate successful knowledge translation
  • Offer capacity building models with sustainable outcomes
  • Challenge our thinking. Is it time to return to an apprenticeship model?

At times, regulatory and organisational environments seeking to avoid risk, often end up denying the very rights and freedoms that people living with dementia want and need. While it may be inspired by a desire to protect, a risk-averse approach often does more harm than good. What is the next step to changing risk-averse approaches to care?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Work sensibly with risk
  • Outline risk reduction programmes versus risk ‘embracing’ programmes
  • Offer ways to better understand, prioritise and respond to risk
  • Describe what is acceptable risk for people living with dementia to have in care homes and how we best support this

Sexuality and dementia are raised frequently as issues of concern, and are often described as ‘inappropriate behaviour’. How do we understand and respond appropriately to these intrinsic parts of our identity?

What are the behaviours that occur and who are they actually a concern for? What rights do children have to know about their parent’s relationships? How do we support people living with dementia from the LGBTIQ community, and how can we best support these communities more broadly?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Express sexuality in older age: supporting staff to adopt professional approaches, confronting taboos and navigating wellness
  • Tell us about new relationships – how do we address the needs of a person living with dementia when they no longer identify with their spouse?
  • Clarify when change in the person living with dementia’s expression of sexuality become a behaviour that challenges, and offer tools and approaches
  • Offer the latest in research findings or practice from different LGBTIQ groups or individuals

The number of people experiencing homelessness aged over 55 years in Australia increased by 28 per cent between 2006 and 2016. People’s histories that lead to homelessness can be complex and it is affecting a growing number of women.

We want to learn from global and national innovations supporting the ageing population who are experiencing homelessness, as well as those who experience dementia.

We are seeking papers that:

  • Tell us about the emerging research in this area
  • Share best practice and thought leadership in supporting people at risk of homelessness
  • Shine a light on issues and personal stories that will help to shape the future

Our 2020 conference will have a clear focus on the Deaf community and their experiences of living with dementia. Do you have study findings or demonstrate innovative practice on sight, touch, taste and other sensory changes?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Address issues pertaining to specific senses or sensory impacts
  • Understand the current research context and evidence
  • Outline best practice experience or issues that need consideration for future work and leadership

What are the research and practice learnings from work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities and from First Nation communities from around the world? Where are the gaps in knowledge and practice and how do we learn from what individual communities want and need?  How do we ensure cultural competence in our service provision and in our caring approaches?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Focus on research and projects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and First Nation communities
  • Offer direct experience of practice and support programs for people with dementia and their carers
  • Outline cultural competency in the workforce – respectful approaches to care and support
  • Address gaps and propose changes and innovation into the future

How do we best support the ‘whole’ person living with dementia? How can we enable conversations about spiritual needs, and how do we support the person who may not be able to express this directly? How can we support diversity in approaches and expression of spiritual needs?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Offer evidence on what enables a positive pastoral care approach
  • Present tools and approaches to support ‘enabling’ spiritual care, need to be recognised by care staff
  • Pose questions and outcomes on what we need to do to be ‘dementia friendly’ places of worship in the community and in care settings

Twitter, TV, scandals and reviews are all shaping our culture and response to feedback about care in residential and hospital settings. Positive or negative, ‘them vs us’, feedback exists and we need to learn how to navigate it better and use it to shape better cultures and outcomes.

We are seeking papers that:

  • Focus on best practice and methods for receiving and responding to feedback
  • Offer practical learnings from systems, processes and cultures that support feedback and criticism
  • Create communication channels for sharing feedback, support for complex care and sharing ideas
  • Demonstrate learnings from negative environments that have led to the need for a whistle-blower culture

Poor or disrupted sleep is increasingly recognised for its negative impact on wellbeing and cognitive function. What is the research telling us? What practice and technological changes can improve the way we support this vital part of our lives?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Offer practical approaches to improving or understanding sleep
  • Use technology and alternative care methods to help with sleep
  • Offer alternatives to current thinking around ‘night-time’

More than 70% of people living with dementia are living at home. There are many important individual and local innovations and experiences to learn from. However, being a key support/care partner to the person with dementia to enable them to live in their community and remain safe at home can also raise concerns and challenges for the person caring for them.  Papers are welcomed on all subjects of being a carer/care partner/spouse.

We are seeking papers that:

  • Support carers in the community
  • Engage with day services and supports
  • Provide optimal care in residential care homes and hospital settings
  • Offer direct experiences of carers of people with dementia
  • Provide outcomes from researchers and support programs that focus on the carer experience

One in every four people living with dementia requires a hospital admission each year. The busy hospital environment can be problematic and the person living with dementia can often experience worse clinical outcomes and higher mortality rates than a person living without dementia. What can be done to ensure a successful hospital stay?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Demonstrate decreasing hospital stays for people living with dementia
  • Focus on dementia and falls prevention
  • Offer solutions on dementia and incontinence
  • Outline best practice in dementia and complex care needs
  • Research, pilot projects and best practice care experiences
  • Have investigated changes that improve individual outcomes at a lower cost of care

How are we advancing community care for the person living with dementia who is being supported at home? What do people need? And how is research informing practice and innovation in care? We want to understand what is shaping care in the community – tell us about your research, models of respite or models of home care or outreach support services.

We are seeking papers that:

  • Better understand if day care services still have a role in dementia care
  • Articulate what innovation is already happening, and what needs to happen in the future
  • Describe what good respite looks like, and evidence for making a difference to people with dementia or carers

Why has the work of Kerr, Janicki and others in the new millennium not had the scale of impact expected? With the growing number of people living with intellectual disability and dementia, what needs to change? How do we transform best practice into common practice?

We are seeking papers that:

  • Focus on specific intellectual disabilities and/or a generalist focus
  • Offer research outcomes on best practice that help us understand the context with multiple health care providers
  • Provide experiences or challenges for best practice care that we need to consider to drive future work and leadership in this area

If you have something that doesn’t quite fit into the above, we would still love to hear from you! Please include under this heading.

 

Terms and Conditions

  1. Deadline for submissions: 5pm AEDST on Friday 8 November 2019.
  2. Notification of acceptance will be sent out via email by Friday 22 November 2019.
  3. All abstracts must be submitted in English.
  4. A link to a 2 minute (maximum) video clip must 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. It will be used to inform the panel’s review of submitted papers and will be uploaded to the conference website.
  5. Concurrent Presentation papers will be a maximum time of 20–25 minutes, with an additional five minutes for discussion. Final time will be advised upon acceptance of paper.
  6. A maximum of two papers may be submitted, per person.
  7. All presenters whose abstracts are accepted must register and pay for the conference by the specified date, as advised in the acceptance email.
  8. All abstracts accepted will be published in the conference program.
  9. Maximum abstract length is 200 words. Abstracts greater than this will not be accepted.
  10. Once submitted and accepted, abstracts may not be rewritten.
  11. Abstracts that do not comply with the outlined requirements will not be considered.
  12. Abstract submissions will only be accepted by online submission. Abstracts via fax or paper mail will not be accepted.
  1. Deadline for submissions: 5pm AEDST on Friday 27 March 2020
  2. Notification of acceptance will be sent out via email by April 2020
  3. All posters are to be submitted in English.
  4. A maximum of two posters may be submitted, per person.
  5. Posters accepted are not required to attend the display.
  6. Accepted posters Abstracts will be published in the Conference Program only upon receipt of the poster.
  7. Maximum abstract length is 200 words. Abstracts greater than this will not be accepted.
  8. Once submitted and accepted, no changes can be made.
  9. Posters that do not comply with the outlined requirements will not be considered.
  10. Poster submissions will only be accepted by online submission. Abstracts via fax or paper mail will not be accepted.
  11. E-poster submissions do not require a video or photo to be uploaded.
  12. Posters will not project sound if a video is supplied.
  13. Posters will need to be submitted in a PDF or PowerPoint 16:9 ratio.

 

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