May 27, 2021

National Reconciliation Week

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Dementia Training Australia (DTA) is hoping its evidence-based resources may be put to good use during National Reconciliation Week with aged care organisations using DTA resources as the basis for a staff discussion or learning opportunity.

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated in workplaces, schools and community organisations across Australia, with hundreds of reconciliation events held during the same week each year: 27 May to 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week offers organisations and individuals the opportunity to explore how they can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia – most importantly, by building respectful relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Watch these videos to see how you might support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia;

How to yarn effectively with older Aboriginal people

In this webinar, Professor Dawn Bessarab explains what yarning is, the benefits of using yarning as a communication tool and how it can enable service providers to engage and build meaningful relationships with Aboriginal people living with dementia. https://dta.com.au/resources/how-to-yarn-effectively-with-older-aboriginal-people/

Resources to support the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia

This one-hour webinar introduces two evidence-based tools for supporting the wellbeing and care of older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: the ‘Caring for Spirit’ dementia education resource and the ‘Good Spirit, Good Life’ quality of life resource. https://dta.com.au/resources/resources-to-support-the-care-of-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-living-with-dementia/

Cultural assessment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

This video highlights the importance of cultural safety in the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with dementia in residential aged care facilities. It’s linked with several other resources, all intended to support health professionals in offering cultural assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with dementia. https://dta.com.au/resources/cultural-assessment-for-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people-with-dementia-resource-pack/

More videos and other helpful resources are freely available at DTA’s online resource library via this link: https://dta.com.au/resources/

Find out more about National Reconciliation Week via this link https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/

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