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.

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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.

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DTA workshop held in Narrabri. Photo credit: The Courier

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.

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Picture of AJDC Journal Club Booklet

Upcoming visits

Presentation Date State Location / Town
9 October QLD Charleville
10 October QLD Roma
11 October QLD Chinchilla
12 October QLD Dalby

Places we have visited

Presentation Date State Location / Town
26-Jun NSW Narrabri
27-Jun NSW Moree
28-Jun QLD Goondiwindi
6-Jul VIC Mildura
11-Jul TAS Launceston
12-Jul TAS Burnie
13-Jul TAS Devonport
19-Jul VIC Swan Hill
20-Jul VIC Horsham
24-Jul VIC Leongatha
24-Jul NT Alice Springs
25-Jul NT Darwin
25-Jul VIC Bairnsdale
26-Jul VIC Traralgon
27-Jul VIC Warragul
14-Aug NSW Narrandera
15-Aug NSW Griffith
16-Aug NSW Deniliquin
16-Aug VIC Ararat
21-Aug SA Mount Gambier
22-Aug SA Bordertown
23-Aug SA Murray Bridge
28-Aug SA Port Lincoln
29-Aug SA Whyalla
30-Aug SA Port Pirie
3-Sep WA Kalgoorlie
5-Sep WA Esperance
10-Sep WA Bunbury
11-Sep WA Margaret River
13-Sep WA Albany