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Call For Papers

CLOSES 15 MARCH

Put yourself in the arena by presenting at IDC2024 on 5-6 September 2024.
We want to hear from:
  • Care practitioners who have a focus on complex dementia, palliative care, and positive ageing
  • Scientific, clinical, and psychosocial researchers
  • People with dementia and carers with unique perspectives and stories to share
Scroll down to find out how to submit...


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Explore themes and topics

PUT YOURSELF

In the arena

Theodore Roosevelt famously praised the person in the arena - the one 'doing the deed', striving valiantly, who may make mistakes, but who gets up and continues the fight.

The International Dementia Conference 2024 will give a platform to those who are bold enough to 'dare greatly' in the difficult arena of complex dementia, palliative care and positive ageing.

We're looking for the innovators, the boundary pushers, the people dealing day by day with the realities of dementia, and who are taking action in response.

These themes are a guide only and you are welcome to submit any topic that you feel may be relevant. If it doesn’t fit in any of these sections, select 'Something else'!

Lived Experience

Papers from people living with dementia and their carers 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. We encourage submissions that represent your different and individual experiences, cultures, ages, and backgrounds.

Innovation in Home Care

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Innovation in Residential Care

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Innovation in Acute Care

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End of life and Palliative Care

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Governance and Regulation

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Equity, Access and Diversity

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Technology

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Design and the environment

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Food Culture

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Intimacy and Sexuality

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Learning

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Engagement and Re-ablement

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Spiritual and Pastoral Care

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NDIS and Younger Onset Dementia

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Workforce

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First Nations

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Something else? Tell us what you're doing!

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Themes & topics

You're welcome to submit any topic you feel may be relevant... but here's some inspiration.
Share with us – what are you doing?

Have a story, opportunity, innovation or challenge to share that doesn’t fit in the topic selection? We still want to hear from you.

Share with us what you are doing and how this shapes, informs or challenges the dementia care landscape now and into the future. Put yourself in the arena and speak up.

Lived experiences of dementia

We welcome papers from people living with dementia and their carers. Share with us your stories, the impact and the challenges.

Relationship-based care – are we there yet?

Topics may include:

  • What does it mean in practice?
  • Beyond regulation and pandemics, what have we learned?
Share your stories of delivering on true relationship-based care.
A world at home – what should it be?

Topics may include:

  • Is there a role for ‘day care’ services in dementia care?
  • Tell us about your innovative service or what else needs to happen?
  • What does ‘good’ respite look like?
The changing face of residential care

Topics may include:

  • Post-introduction of star ratings, how is care in residential settings impacted?
  • What is ‘quality’ residential care and what innovations need to be shared?
  • Complexity in dementia care – shaping our future services.
Workforce

Topics may include:

  • A growing industry with a shrinking workforce – what can we do?
  • How do we further engage the informal care giver?
  • What role does technology have in the workforce landscape?
Learning, Coaching, Mentoring and Mandatory Cert III
  • Impacts on implementation of mandatory Cert III training.
  • What does good coaching and mentoring look like?
  • How to engage in mandatory training in a way that inspires the workforce.
Re-engagement and re-enablement

Topics may include:

  • Beyond the pandemic, what are we delivering?
  • Taking a reablement approach to dementia care.
  • Sharing the stories of success and innovation.
Spiritual and pastoral care

Topics may include:

  • Personal views, clinical and practical experience, and research.
  • Beyond religion – delivering pastoral care.
  • The role of frameworks and tools to assist us in delivering pastoral care.
Supporting First Nations people living with dementia
  • We welcome First Nations communities sharing their direct experience of practice and support programs.
  • Addressing gaps, and changes and innovations into the future.
  • International opportunities for learning.
BPSD
  • Strategies and programs used to support people who are living with BPSD.
  • To medicate or not to medicate? That is the question.
  • Beyond BPSD.
Younger onset dementia
  • What does care look like when care homes are set up for an older generation?
  • Impacts on families where young children are still at home.
  • Even younger – childhood dementia, how does the industry support this?
Acute care for people with dementia

Topics may include:

  • Transitioning people with dementia from hospital to home.
  • Research, pilot projects and best practice care experiences.
  • Supporting people with dementia in acute care settings.
End of life and palliative care

Topics may include:

  • End of life decision making and advance care planning.
  • Voluntary assisted dying and dementia.
  • Dying at home.
  • Palliative care projects and learning from practice.
  • Supporting families and care staff.
Managing governance and regulation

Topics may include:

  • Approaching risk in a risk averse landscape.
  • Risk reduction programs versus risk ‘embracing’ programs.
  • What is ‘acceptable risk’ for people living at home or in residential care with dementia, and how do we address this?
Diversity and inclusivity

Topics may include:

  • Understanding and responding to LGBTQI+ people living with dementia and their carers – what do we need to know?
  • Sexuality in older age: supporting staff to adopt professional approaches, confronting taboos and navigating wellness
  • New relationships – how do we address the needs of a person with dementia when they no longer identify with their spouse?
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse approaches to care – responding to our workforce and beyond.
Technology – friend or foe?

Topics may include:

  • Research into technology platforms and their use.
  • Ethical dilemmas and issues in practice.
  • What rights to privacy do staff have if they are on camera all the time?
  • What new technologies are driving innovation in residential and community care?
  • Demonstrations or displays will be considered.
Designing to care

Topics may include:

  • Refurbishment projects: what do we need to do? How does it impact?
  • What do we mean when we talk about ‘community’, ‘village’, ‘care home’?
  • Designs that meet the needs of people with complex care needs or at end of life.
  • Is the cottage model the only way?
The importance of food

Topics may include:

  • Do sensory changes mean we need to think about food and mealtimes in a different way?
  • Is it all about a person’s weight or is it about wellbeing?
  • 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?
The impact of pain

Topics may include:

  • The latest research in pain and its impact.
  • Why is pain still under-recognised in care? What is the missing piece?
  • Responding to pain in diverse communities and settings, innovation, and opportunity.

Ready to submit?

Submit your paper

You're invited to:
  • Pick a theme (or suggest one of your own).

  • Head to our Call For Papers portal to check out the requirements before you submit your paper.

  • You'll need a title, a 200 word abstract and a two-minute video of your presentation.

Submit your paper

Submit an ePoster

have an idea for an ePoster? We want to see it!
  • Show your work in a presentation format.
  • Guidance on how to prepare your presentation will be provided.
  • If your ePoster is selected, you do not need to attend the conference in person.

Submit an eposter

Support for people with dementia and their carers

If you are a person living with dementia or a carer who would like to submit a paper or an ePoster, we are here to help.

If you would like some assistance in submitting a paper, please get in touch at conference@dementia.com.au, or chat with the team between the hours of 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday AEDT.

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