Rural and remote Australia
Providing dementia education and training across Australia
Dementia Training Australia (DTA) delivers dementia courses, resources and services 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 we have had more than 15,000 online course completions.
Our award-winning Environments Consultancy has a team of specialists based in 5 Australian states, who are are available and prioritise visits to rural and remote locations across Australia.
We can discuss how to use your existing environment more effectively, help you plan a new facility or refurbish your existing one.
Our commitment to rural and regional Australia
DTA’s Road trip across Australia in 2018
DTA Workshop held
in Kingston, SA
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 embarked on a series of road trips in 2018.
Identify gaps and areas of need
Before each trip, we invited aged and health care facilities in the towns we were 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.
Places we visited
This outreach into rural and remote parts of Australia is helping DTA develop new courses or resources that go beyond the needs of metropolitan services, ensuring that we provide a truly national service.
This face-to-face investigation was part of a project that extended to the most remote services in Australia
These services have been identified from Health Department records, and we 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 were 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 were 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.
Picture of the AJDC
Journal Club Booklet