Our commitment to rural and remote Australia
Dementia Training Australia (DTA) delivers dementia courses and resources to all parts of Australia, and is committed to rural and remote Australia
DTA is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Health to provide training to health and aged care staff and managers on the care of people living with dementia.
Our online dementia courses, workshops and resources are accessed by many thousands of people each year. Our vocational level training course Dementia Essentials is delivered to 6,500 people each year and our online courses have been completed by more than 5,000 people in the last 12 months.
Going the extra mile
Our contract with the Department of Health requires us to deliver courses and resources in all parts of Australia. To ensure that our courses and resources are suited to the needs of health and aged care staff working in rural and remote parts of Australia, DTA directors and staff are embarking on a series of road trips in 2018.
Identifying gaps and areas of need
Before each trip, we invite aged and health care facilities in the towns we are visiting to a half-day meeting which includes a workshop on an area of topical interest (for example medication management, responsive behaviours, environmental design) followed by a discussion on DTA courses and resources with the aim of identifying gaps, and areas of need that are specific to services operating at a distance from the support available in metropolitan areas.
This face-to-face investigation is part of a project that extends to the most remote services in Australia
These services have been identified from Health Department records, and we have contacted them with an invitation to complete a training needs analysis questionnaire, telling us about their special circumstances and needs. In exchange for this information, the remote services have been provided with a subscription to the bi-monthly publication Australian Journal of Dementia Care (AJDC) which is accompanied with a ‘Journal Club’ booklet, designed to guide a discussion of four AJDC articles. The idea being that the AJDC publication and booklet are used to support fortnightly meetings at which the staff can discuss one of the recent developments in the care of people with dementia described in the current issue of the AJDC. By the time they have discussed four topics, the next issue of the AJDC will have arrived.
We expect that this outreach into rural and remote parts of Australia will result in DTA developing new courses or resources that go beyond the needs of metropolitan services, ensuring that we provide a truly national service.
Picture of AJDC Journal Club Booklet
Places we have visited
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