Reflections of Dementia Awareness Month From a Student’s Perspective

Reflections of Dementia Awareness Month From a Student’s Perspective

My name is Sammy Schiller and I have been undertaking Social Work placement with Ozcare's Dementia Advisory & Support Service since the beginning of July, based at Shailer Park. I was therefore involved in helping the dementia advisors during the month of September. I found it important to reflect upon events, what I have learnt and also hopefully pass on to everyone some of my learnings before I leave at the beginning of November.…

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Why We Care - National Carers Week 14-20 October 2018

Anyone at any time can become a carer. Australia's 2.7 million carers make an enormous contribution to our communities. Find out more about Ozcare's range of respite services designed to give carers a break.…

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Case Study - Mental Health Recovery Program

Jane (name has been changed for anonymity) has experienced past trauma, including a stroke and the passing of her husband. Due to Jane's stroke and her husband's passing, her family home was repossessed by the bank and Jane, along with her three daughters, were left homeless and in financial despair. Share in Jane's journey to recovery with the support of Ozcare.…

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Innovative ‘silent disco’ is helping people living with dementia

An award-winning team of carers at Ozcare on the Gold Coast have taken an innovative approach to helping improve the lives of people living with dementia. Ozanam Villa Burleigh Heads is the first aged care facility in Queensland to trial silent discos - a newest form of therapy that is fast growing across Australia.…

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Disorientation – My Life’s Journey

Doug is a 53-year-old aboriginal client of our Personal Helpers and Mentors Service (PHaMS) in Townsville. Doug was in hospital last year after acquiring a brain injury resulting from a fall. While in hospital, Doug was asked by Dr Michelle Fitts from James Cook University if he would participate in The Transition from Hospital to Home Project, which aims to share an individual’s journey after a traumatic brain injury. With the encouragement and support of our PHaMS staff, Doug has painted his life’s journey in the hope it will inspire others. This is Doug’s story.…

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Spring Ozheart Winner - Kate Adams

Kate is our first Ozheart winner on the Sunshine Coast and a very worthy recipient. Kate was blown away when we rang on a Friday afternoon after she had just finished work to tell her she had won. Kate responded with, “It’s so exciting because I never do my job expecting to receive anything like this – I just love what I do.” Which is exactly why Kate is an Ozheart! Kate was put forward for the award by one of her clients in a very heart-felt nomination.…

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Dementia and Culture

Not everyone pays attention to current affairs – but there are a few headline facts that most Australians are aware of: our population is getting older, and more people living in Australia now were born overseas. These demographic realities are certainly hitting home for our team of dementia advisors in the Dementia Advisory and Support Service (DASS), who work across Queensland to offer one-to-one support to people living with dementia and their families, and offer education on dementia to the general public and service providers.…

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Ozanam Villa Wins Leadership in Positive Ageing Award

Ozcare’s Burleigh Heads aged care facility (Ozanam Villa) was awarded top honours in Catholic Health Australia’s National Awards 2018 for Leadership in Positive Ageing. The Award, presented at National Catholic Health Australia Conference gala dinner held in Melbourne last week, pays tribute to exemplary innovation, excellence and contribution to health and aged care.…

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Small actions. Big difference: Dementia Awareness Month is here!

It’s that time of year again when our Dementia Advisory and Support Service is flat-out helping to promote Dementia Awareness Month across Queensland. Dementia Awareness Month is an initiative of Dementia Australia, the national peak body on dementia, and is held every year in September.…

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Dementia Awareness Month Events

Dementia Awareness Month in September is a time when Australians are encouraged to learn more about brain health, dementia and how we can support people living with dementia, and their families, in our local communities. The 2018 theme is Small actions Big difference. Find out how you can participate in creating a dementia-friendly community and join in activities held across Queensland.…

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