Jun 08
Forums get communities talking about dementia and palliative care

Information sessions highlighting dementia and palliative care will be held in Bathurst, Parkes, Orange and Dubbo.

The 'Dementia and Palliative Care: Getting it Together' sessions will provide members of the public with insights into the management of dementia as a palliative illness.

The forums are aimed at providing valuable information to clinicians, health care workers, carers of people with dementia and the general public.

The sessions will be held from 20 to 23 June and presented by the Program of Excellence in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) and Western NSW Local Health District.

Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant James Daley said the sessions are a good opportunity for interested people including clinicians and carers to come along and learn more about this new approach to dementia. Being a carer of a person with dementia, guest speaker Dr Tolman understands the potential impacts of caring and the carers' need for support.

“Dr Jane Tolman, a geriatrician from Tasmania is the principal presenter at the forums. Her talk will include carer stories as read by two actors. Dr Tolman has recently developed a new staging system for dementia, and she will be sharing this at the information sessions," James said.

Dr Tolman was Director of Aged Care at Royal Hobart Hospital until 2015 and was an Associate Professor of Aged Care at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre at the University of Tasmania until 2016 where she is involved in dementia education and research.

“Jane is a very experienced and well respected clinician and it will be fantastic to have her in the local area speaking about dementia and palliative care. Jane's research is well regarded, so I'm sure everyone in attendance will be keen to hear her talk," James said.

“We are also very excited to welcome Christine McMillan from Arts OutWest who will talk about 'Arts Connections', a successful arts and dementia program in Forbes."

The sessions are free but bookings are requested. Please register online at: http://profile.eventarc.com/profile/PEPANSW.

Media enquiries: Brendan Williams, Media Manager, Western NSW Local Health District via brendan.williams@health.nsw.gov.au

Details of the sessions:

BathurstTuesday, 20 June11am-1pmBathurst Hospital: Heritage Building, Lecture Theatre
5-7:30pmPonton Theatre: Charles Sturt University



Wednesday, 21 June11am-1pmLittle Theatre:  34 Bogan St, Parkes
5:30-7:30pmLittle Theatre: 34 Bogan St, Parkes



Thursday, 22 June11am-1pmOrange Health Service: Lecture Theatre
5:30-7:30pmCountry Woman's Association Hall: Robertson Park, Byng St, Orange
DubboFriday, 23 June11am-1pmDubbo Hospital: George Hatch Building
5:30-7:30pmWesley Uniting Church Hall: 64 Church St, Dubbo