Dementia Training Australia (DTA) is funded by the Australian Government to deliver a national program of education and training to the workforce supporting people living with dementia. This includes receiving referrals for training from Dementia Support Australia. Since commencing operations in October 2016, DTA has delivered over 70,000 occasions of training. A vast proportion of this delivery is highly subsidised, including a range of fee-free online courses and resources.
Reflecting a commitment to an evidence-based ‘knowledge to practice’ learning pathway, a priority focus for DTA is delivering training and education that has impact which can be measured. The impact journey is, itself, a commitment to various levels of cost and investment for individuals, teams, and organisations. This session will overview the various programs, courses, and resources available through DTA, and discuss the distinction between “cost” and “investment” in staff training – especially when the priority is impact on the practice of care.
This session will be especially useful for participants who are planning training investments for staff, including managers and educators seeking to design bespoke programs for teams.
*Dementia Training Australia is a consortium of university partners (University of Wollongong, Queensland University of Technology, La Trobe University, University of Western Australia) and Dementia Australia (dta.com.au). Specific contributors to this presentation are Dr David Sykes, Dr Margaret Winbolt , Dr Andrew Stafford, Ms Sarah Bartlett, MS Jacqui Watts.