Day 2

8:50  Leigh Hatcher - Chair Opening

8:55  A/Prof Stephen Macfarlane  D.S.A. Decoding the ‘Behaviour’ Myth

9:55  A Q&A panel including Professor Susan Kurrle, Dr Anthony Hobbs, Angela Raguz, and Gina Pirello - Specialist Dementia Care Units: The Missing Link?

‘In 2016, the Australian Government announced it would establish Specialist Dementia Care Units (SDCUs) to support people who experience very severe behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD)’.  The ‘SDCU: The Missing Link?’ Q&A panel will inform and challenge our understanding of the journey to develop an SDCU model in Australia. Gina Pirello will share her father’s story and their personal experience of needing the support of an SDCU service.

With over 10 years’ experience of providing one of Australia first SDCU’s, Angela Raguz will provide insight into what it means to setup and deliver a dedicated SDCU model. In conversation with Professor Sue Kurrle and Dr Tony Hobbs, this panel will discuss and debate with our conference audience SDCU’s and what this means for a distinct group of people with dementia who, for a time, may need this specialised support.

10:20  Morning Tea (Levels 3 & 4)

10:40  Prof John Swinton - Taking time for those things that the world considers trivial:  Choosing to be with and for people living with dementia

11:35 Concurrent Sessions (Level 2)

arts engaged

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  1. Sean’s Story – Living with Frontotemporal Dementia Sean Kelly and Deb Moore
  2. Working Together as Agents of Change – Learning from co-productions Agnes Houston MBE and Dr Julie Christie
  3. Travel and Dementia – Two people living with dementia send a strong message that dementia is no barrier to travel John Quinn and Edie Mayhew
  4. Masculinity and Social Mores – How can gender, and the era in which you are born, influence the impact of your diagnosis of dementia?  John Quinn

leaders in the field

Decoding SDCUs

  1. The Evidence Behind Specialist Dementia Care Units (SCDUs) – A rapid review of the literature Anita Westera
  2. Beyond Oakden – A journey of service reform Dr Duncan McKellar
  3. No Half Measures! – What are the true ingredients of a Specialist Dementia Care Unit model Angela Raguz, John Nadjarian and Valentina Lamevski

home truthsMission in Motion 

  1. How Do You Choose “In the Age of Choice” – Dementia reablement guidelines to support function in people with mild to moderate dementia Dr Claire O’Connor
  2. Rehabilitation, Restorative Care and Reablement in Dementia – What is there to offer? Professor Christopher Poulos
  3. Changing Hearts and Minds to Support Exercise Services for People Living with Dementia in Residential Aged Care – An exercise physiology approach Alison Penington

responsive behavioursProject Q

  1. The Truth and Lies About Monitoring, Navigation and Location Technologies – What is the consumer experience? Zoë du Cann
  2. ELF Technology – Possibilities to mindfulness for people with Alzheimer’s Professor George Blanas
  3. Transforming dementia practice through engagement Dr David Sykes

design blueprint

Operation Residential

  1. What’s the story morning glory? The importance of the shift handover in an aged care setting Jackie Hodges
  2. The Good Neighbour Program – An innovative social support/educational integrated intervention in residential aged-care Nicole Walker
  3. Family carers are the experts, we are not the experts Sandra Gilbert

gathering the intelPalliative Perspectives

  1. End-of-life planning for people living with dementia Rebecca Storen
  2. Northern Ireland Hospice, The Hospice Enabled Dementia Care Partnership – An overview of the findings from a three year pilot Joanne Ballentine
  3. Accessing specialist services for palliative and end of life care in remote and rural areas of the Scottish Highlands Kathryn Hamling
  4. Quality of Dying and Quality of End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes – Results from the PACE study in six European countries Professor Luc Deliens


13:05  Lunch (Levels 3 & 4)

14:00 Concurrent Sessions (Level 2)

arts engagedPastoral Care Masterclass

  1. More than words Lois Haultain and Linda Barclay
  2. Remembering the Body – Dementia, spirituality and the practice of whole person care Professor John Swinton

leaders in the fieldHomebase

  1. Going to Stay at Home – A pitcher, a tablecloth, a pair of eyebrows Rebecca Forbes
  2. Enhancing relationships for people living with dementia and their social network Wendi Kruger
  3. No Alarm Clocks Here! – How true choice should be provided with the Overnight Respite Cottage setting Anna Wilson and 
    Trasi Evans
  4. In this Together – Building capacity in Aboriginal communities Marlene Grogan

home truthsInterrogating Pain

  1. PainChek™ in practice Mustafa Atee
  2. Influence of cognitive impairment on pain assessment and management in the emergency department Professor Jeff Hughes
  3. Architecture and Pain – Incorporating environmental designing as part of the multidisciplinary approach to managing chronic pain Dr Raj Anand and Liz Fuggle

responsive behavioursConsumer HQ

  • Choice and Workforce Participation – The experience of people with dementia transitioning from work to retirement Catherine Andrew
  • Carers – An unequal partnership Rev Rodger Bull
  • Listening and Acting on the Consumer’s Voice through Public Online Feedback – A game changer for improving safety and quality in the era of competitive markets and aged care choice A/Prof Michael Greco and David Martin

design blueprintUnder the Scope

  1. Dementia and Delirium Initiative at Monash Health Brianna Walpole
  2. Depression in aged care residents with dementia Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka
  3. Psychotropic prescribing guidelines required for residential aged care Rachel Brimelow
  4. Close Care with Dignity – Care for patients with dementia and cognitive impairment in an acute hospital setting Wendy Stanbrook-Mason

gathering the intelNHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre 

  1. Supported Decision-Making in the Age of Choice – How is this going to work for people with dementia? Dr Craig Sinclair, Theresa Flavin, Dr Ron Sinclair and Professor Susan Kurrle
  2. Exercise Physiologist Prescribed Exercise for People with Dementia Living in Residential Aged Care – Who benefits? A/Prof Gaynor Parfitt
  3. Impact of a clustered, domestic model of residential care on consumer-reported outcomes and healthcare resource use Dr Suzanne Dyer
  4. Organising Risk – How aged and dementia care providers adapt to regulation Ashley Carr and Professor Simon Biggs

15:30  Beverages, Banter & Bon Voyage - Join us in the exhibition area on Level 3 (with final words from A/Prof Colm Cunningham and Theresa Flavin, our Lived Experience Consultant)

16:00  Close