Report highlights the need for adequately trained dementia care staff

    Nearly half a million people in Australia are now living with dementia

      • Sector News
    • 21.09.21

    The Dementia in Australia 2021 report has highlighted the increasing impact of the disease nationwide, with up to 472,000 Australians currently living with the illness, making it one of the leading causes of death in the country. 

    According to the report published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, almost 1.6 million people in Australia are involved in the care of individuals living with dementia, including aged care workers and informal carers such as families and loved ones. 

    This highlights the importance of adequate training being delivered to people providing care to ensure those living with dementia are being treated with dignity and respect, with their individual needs met and understood.

    In May this year, the Australian government announced it was investing $229.4m to improve care services for people living with dementia. As part of this funding, the government highlighted the need to:

    • Train staff to become “dementia leaders”
    • Provide clearer regulations on the use of restraint (restrictive practices), including physical and chemical restraint only being used as a last resort after behaviour support strategies have been used
    • Train representatives of all aged care providers on positive approaches to managing behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia

    Maybo perspective

    Maybo welcomes the focus on improving the skills of people involved in the care and support of those with dementia. We provide face-to-face and eLearning training that works to develop learners' ability to take effective, person-centred measures to reduce restrictive practices that might compromise a person's liberty or autonomy. This ensures people in their care are treated with respect and dignity and that their individual needs are understood and met. We believe this is essential in order to prevent distress and improve quality of life. To access our eLearning click here

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