Workshops

Multi-award winning Virtual Dementia Experience™

Experience the multi-award winning Virtual Dementia Experience™ for yourself.

While in Melbourne Alzheimer's Australia Vic is offering limited places to join the multi-award winning Virtual Dementia Experience™ workshop.

Launched in October 2013, the Virtual Dementia Experience™ is an immersive, interactive virtual reality experience that invades the senses and takes people into the world of a person living with dementia, simulating thoughts, fears and challenges. It has been experienced by more than 3,000 people including professional and family carers, healthcare professionals, high profile business and community leaders and Victorian and Federal politicians.

The simulation was created by Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, whose project team consulted with carers, people with dementia and our educators to develop the technology. It has been awarded the 2014 Victorian and National iAwards in Education, the 2014 APICTA Award in Education, the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2015 World Citizenship Award and the Minister for Health Public Healthcare Award for Innovation in 2015. Transforming dementia care education to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia.

The Virtual Dementia Experience™ (VDE™) is an innovative use of game technology to deliver experiential learning to the professional aged care workforce. The game technology was developed in 2013 and the first VDE™ workshop ran in March 2014. A session at the VDE™ takes the participant through a multi-sensory simulation using light, sound, colour and visual content to create a virtual reality experience, immersing you into the world of dementia.

What is the Virtual Dementia Experience™?

The Virtual Dementia Experience™ was developed with the aim to improve the learning outcomes of aged care workers attending education sessions at Alzheimer’s Australia Vic. Using game technology, the workshop shifts from an information session to an experiential session and the worker is then exposed to the lived experience of a person with dementia and then develops empathy for that person.

Only 16 places per two-hour session – only available for registered conference delegates.

Transport will be provided to the workshop in Parkville, Melbourne from the convention centre.

Tuesday 17 October: 9.30am–11.30am, 12pm–2pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm
Friday 20 October: 2.30-4.30pm
Venue: Alzheimer’s Australia, Parkville


Workshop 1

Creating MemoryCare Communities: a new model of dementia care

Dr Cameron Camp

Tuesday 17 October: 9.30-12.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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.

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

Tuesday 17 October: 9.30-12.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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.

Facilitators:

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.


Workshop 3

The Validation Breakthrough

Naomi Feil

Tuesday 17 October: 9.30-3.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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.


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

Tuesday 17 October: 1.30-4.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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.

Facilitators:

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

Workshop 5

How to raise issues about the service being provided and maintain a constructive relationship with providers

Debra Nicholls, Elder Rights Advocacy

Tuesday 17 October: 1.30-4.30pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

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.


Workshop Fee
Virtual Dementia Experience™ workshop*** $110
Half Day Workshop Conference attendee $200
Half Day Workshop Non-Conference attendee $235
Half Day Workshop carers and people living with dementia Conference attendee $50
Half Day Workshop carers and people living with dementia Non-Conference attendee $75
Half Day Workshop Person with dementia and carer Conference attendees x 2 $80
Half Day Workshop Person with dementia and Carer Non-Conference attendees x 2 $120
The Validation Breakthrough (6 hour workshop) Conference attendee $235
The Validation Breakthrough (6 hour workshop) Non Conference attendee $275
The Validation Breakthrough (6 hour workshop) carers and people living with dementia Conference attendee $75
The Validation Breakthrough (6 hour workshop) carers and people living with dementia Non-Conference attendee $100
The Validation Breakthrough (6 hour workshop) Person with dementia and carer Conference attendees x 2 $140
The Validation Breakthrough (6 hour workshop) Person with dementia and Carer Non-Conference attendees x 2 $220

Registrations for the workshop are made through the online registration form.

Key Dates
  • Registration now open
  • Call for abstracts closes28 April 2017
  • Authors notified of shortlisting4 August 2017
  • Earlybird and presenter registration deadline31 August 2017
  • Dementia2017 Conference17-20 October
fightdementia.org.au

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, onlinesupport@alzheimers.org.au or visit the www.helpwithdementia.org.au.