Program Grid

Pre-conference workshops

Tuesday 17th October 2017

9.30am - 12.30pm Workshop 1 Creating MemoryCare Communities: a new model of dementia care Dr Cameron Camp

Workshop will cover:

  • creating resident-driven communities
  • creating culture change within memory care
  • creating family resource centres and training
  • organising productive and positive family engagement.
9.30am - 12.30pm Workshop 2 This workshop will introduce participants to use the VIPS framework of person-centred care to assist participants to develop excellence in dementia care. Prof Dawn Brooker

It will demonstrate how the VIPS framework:

  • promotes best practice in dementia care in residential aged care facilities
  • facilitates reflection on current practice
  • encourages sharing of experience across different providers
  • supports planning for change.


Prof Dawn Brooker,
Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

Dr Sam Davis,
Senior Lecturer in Applied Gerontology, Flinders University, South Australia.

9.30am – 3.30pm Workshop 3 The Validation Breakthrough Naomi Feil

This workshop will present Validation principles and techniques. Participants will learn how to recognise the four phases of Resolution. They are:

  • walk in the shoes of the older person living with dementia
  • restore dignity
  • increase verbal behaviours
  • decrease aggression and withdrawal inward.

You will learn how to prevent burnout, and some ways of preparing for your own old age.

1.30pm - 4.30pm Workshop 4 This workshop will introduce participants to use the VIPS framework of person-centred care to assist participants to develop excellence in dementia care. Prof Dawn Brooker

It will demonstrate how the VIPS framework:

  • promotes best practice in dementia care in residential aged care facilities
  • facilitates reflection on current practice
  • encourages sharing of experience across different providers
  • supports planning for change.


Prof Dawn Brooker,
Director of the Association for Dementia Studies at University of Worcester

Dr Sam Davis,
Senior Lecturer in Applied Gerontology, Flinders University, South Australia.

*Please note this workshop is a repeat from Workshop 2
1.30pm - 4.30pm Workshop 5 How to raise issues about the service being provided and maintain a constructive relationship with providers Debra Nicholls, Elder Rights Advocacy

This interactive workshop is designed for carers with a family member receiving services from an aged care provider. The workshop is presented by Elder Rights Advocacy, an independent organisation funded by the Department of Health to provide free and confidential advocacy support as part of the National Aged Care Advocacy Program.

Participants will learn how to:

  • identify consumer’s rights
  • document the issues and concerns to be addressed
  • identify the outcome you are seeking
  • identify the approach to raise your issues
  • identify who to contact to get the most effective response
  • to get further support from advocacy to raise your concerns
  • identify where to take issues if they are not resolved.

The focus will be on maintaining (and improving) the relationship between family carers and provider management and staff, while having concerns appropriately resolved for the consumer.

The workshops have limited spaces and are an additional cost – you can register for these at the time of registration.

Be the change

Wednesday 18 October 2017

7.30am Registration desk open
9.00am – 9.15am Welcome to country Aunty Joy Murphy
9.15am – 9.25am Welcome Alzheimer’s Australia National perspective Graeme Samuel, AC, National President, Alzheimer’s Australia
9.25am – 9.35am Welcome Alzheimer’s Australia Vic State perspective Leanne Wenig, Acting CEO Alzheimer’s Australia Vic
9.35am – 10.05am Official conference opening People living with dementia, can we be the change we need? Consumer – Christine Bryden

When people living with dementia become part of the change, it provides better insight into how we can live engaging and rewarding lives. We are the experts, and must lead the way to new frontiers in dementia services and support.

People living with dementia began to seek inclusion and participation about two decades ago, having previously been excluded as lacking insight. We became visible, arguing for change, and this in itself challenged the stereotype of dementia. This not only had a big impact on the dementia movement, but on ourselves, and we experienced a strong rehabilitative effect.

We people living with dementia who are clients of dementia research, services and support, claim equal status with others in aiming for a better future. As survivors, we might make you feel uncomfortable, challenging your preconceived ideas, yet we can inspire an innovation in attitudes, leading to programs that can improve the lives of all of us living with dementia, as well as those of our families and supporters.

10.05am – 10.20am Keynote Speaker Current research into treatment
10.20am – 10.50am Keynote Speaker Being the change, one dementia-friendly community at a time Dr Kaele Stokes, Executive Director, Consumer Engagement, Policy and Research
10.50am – 11.20am Morning tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent 1
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent 2
11.20am – 12.50pm Concurrent 3
11.20am – 12.50pm Workshop
11.20am – 12.50pm Workshop
12.50pm – 1.50pm Lunch
1.50pm – 2.00pm Consumer video presentation
2.00pm – 2.30pm Keynote speaker There is no us and them. There’s only us: Reflections on the Meeting Centres Support Program Prof Dawn Brooker

There is often little support in local communities for people living with dementia. Prof Brooker had led a UK research program focusing on the Meeting Centres Support Programme, developed in the Netherlands 25 years ago. There are now 144 Meeting Centres in the Netherlands. They provide relatively low-cost, community driven, person-centred support. Prof Brooker’s research has led to the setting up of two pilot Meeting Centres in the UK. She will describe how Meeting Centres are established, the adaptation and coping model that underpins them and how they work in practice.

2.30pm – 3.00pm Keynote speaker How do we know it works? Practical outcomes for Montessori approaches to dementia Dr Cameron Camp

This presentation will review research which has evaluated the effectiveness of Montessori approaches. He will focus on their impact on areas including:

  • the use of medications
  • physical and behavioural changes in residents
  • staff turnover and the number of accidents
  • the families of those with living with dementia.
3.00pm – 3.30pm Keynote speaker Fourteen years on from the Brodaty, Draper, Low triangle Prof Henry Brodaty

In 2003, Prof Brodaty and his fellow researchers proposed a seven-tiered model, or triangle, of service delivery based on the severity and prevalence of behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. This ranges from someone with no dementia through tiers of increasingly severe behavioural disturbance. This presentation will explore how our language, thinking and approaches have changed towards behaviours and will suggest what the implications are for practice.

3.30pm – 4.00pm Afternoon tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
4.00pm – 5.30pm Concurrent 1
4.00pm – 5.30pm Concurrent 2
4.00pm – 5.30pm Workshop
4.00pm – 5.30pm Workshop Thinking like a detective: effectively responding to behaviours of unmet need Dr Cameron Camp

Some of those needs include the need to:

  • focus on the cause of behaviour, not just treat symptoms
  • understand that people living with dementia are acting normally given their circumstances
  • involve people living with dementia in formulating interventions.

Dr Camp will also provide a formula for discovering causes and matching to evidence-based behavioural interventions

4.00pm – 5.30pm Workshop How to set up and run a Local Meeting Centre Support Program Prof Dawn Brooker

This session follows on from the keynote presentation. It will discuss Meeting Centres in more depth. The Dutch model will be considered in an Australian context.

5.30pm – 7.00pm Welcome drinks and networking

Thursday 19 October 2017

8.00am Registration desk open
8.45am – 9.30am Opening address Consumer – Kate Swaffer

This presentation outlines how consumers can initiate the change in the way services and supports are provided to people living with dementia. Kate will also examine what opportunities the move to consumer-directed care provides to consumers.

9.30am – 9.45am Keynote speaker Validation: A Holistic Model Naomi Feil

This presentation will show you how to tune into the inner world of the older person living with dementia and to see with their mind's eye.

9.45am – 10.15am Keynote speaker Rehabilitation for people living with dementia: a practical framework for enablement Linda Clare

This presentation will describe the development of cognitive rehabilitation interventions for people living with dementia, discuss the benefits of this approach, and consider the prospects for integrating a rehabilitation perspective into support services.

10.15am – 10.45am Keynote speaker Recognising and responding to pain in people living with dementia Prof Susan Kurrle

This presentation will explore key considerations in improving practice around recognising and responding to pain effectively for the person living with dementia. Prof Kurrle will use case studies to illustrate the issues.

10.45am – 11.15am Morning tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
11.15am – 12.45pm Concurrent 1
11.15am – 12.45pm Concurrent 2
11.15am – 12.45pm Workshop Pain management for people living with dementia: an exploration of current issues and opportunities for enhancing the implementation of best practice Dr Sharon Andrews, Dr Sue Hunt

This workshop will examine issues associated with pain management for people living with dementia in residential aged care services and will complement the plenary session provided by Prof Susan Kurrle.

The presenters will enable participants to explore key barriers and enablers to the implementation of best-practice pain management.

11.15am – 12.45pm Workshop Enabling people with early-stage dementia through goal-setting Prof Linda Clare

Cognitive rehabilitation aims to enable people living with early-stage dementia to maintain their independence. The first step is to identify personal goals that are meaningful, relevant and achievable. In our recent trial, 475 people living with dementia worked to identify personally meaningful goals. Participants learned problem-solving approaches, considered possible solutions, and applied evidence-based strategies to manage difficulties or learn new skills in real life settings. This workshop will explore the kinds of goals that participants chose and their motivations.

11.15am – 12.45pm Workshop Validation: The Final Life Struggle Naomi Feil

How to apply Validation techniques to older people living with dementia who exhibit behaviours of unmet need. Learn the reasons behind their behaviour.

12.45pm – 1.45pm Lunch
1.45pm – 1.50pm Consumer video presentation
1.50pm – 3.00pm Panel discussion Risk, rights, and autonomy Panel including: Nick Ryan, CEO Australian Aged Care Quality Agency
3.00pm – 3.30pm Afternoon tea
Concurrent sessions 1.5 hrs
3.30pm – 5.00pm Concurrent 1
3.30pm – 5.00pm Concurrent 2
3.30pm – 5.00pm Concurrent 3
3.30pm – 5.00pm Workshop Emotional Intelligence workshop Joanne Marriott

What is emotional intelligence and how do you develop it?

3.30pm – 5.00pm Workshop
5.30pm - 6.30pm 19th annual Libby Harricks Memorial Oration

Dr Piers Dawes from the University of Manchester will give the Libby Harricks Memorial Oration. Age-related hearing loss is a marker of risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This year’s oration will explore the relationship between hearing impairment and cognition, including the implications for hearing loss as a biomarker for cognitive well-being and as a causal contributor to cognitive decline and poor quality of life in older age. Effective prevention, identification and management of hearing problems represents an important opportunity to optimise well-being and quality of life in older age.

The oration honours the memory of the first President of Deafness Forum of Australia. For her work on behalf of hearing impaired people Libby Harricks was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990. Last year’s oration was given by The Honourable John Howard OM AC, 25th Prime Minister of Australia.

Friday 20 October 2017

8.30am Registration desk open
9.00am – 9.15am Opening address
9.15am - 9.45am Keynote speaker Leveraging your emotional intelligence to lead change Joanne Marriott

This session describes what emotional intelligence is and how important it is when it leading and experiencing change. How can we as individuals positively contribute to change? How can you as an aged care provider use emotional intelligence to make your service more appealing to clients, or manage and work more effectively with team members? How can carers use emotional intelligence to more effectively meet the challenges they face.

9.45am – 10.15am Young people panel discussion
10.15am – 10.45am Morning tea
10.45am – 11.15am Keynote Speaker Engaging through Technology Dr Tanya Petrovich

Technology can be used to raise awareness, increase understanding, and improve practice in dementia care. At Alzheimer's Australia Vic, we are using 'Serious Games' those designed for a purpose other than pure entertainment to create immersive learning experiences. For example, The Virtual Dementia Experience™ engages professional and family carers in understanding dementia. Games for mobile phones and tablets are also beneficial. Dementia-friendly design principles are brought to life with a tap of the screen and a change of colour, contrast, or design that illustrate more dementia-friendly choices.

11.15am – 12.00pm Panel discussion on technology
12.00pm – 12.30pm Conference interactive conclusion
12.30pm – 12.45pm Closing ceremony

Contact Us

If you are living with dementia or caring for someone living with dementia; would like to talk to someone about this conference or have other questions - please call the National Dementia Helpline 1800 100 500, or visit the