Key health services in the Macedon Ranges are participating in Bendigo Health’s Dementia Champion Mentorship Program in 2018. Cobaw Community Health, Macedon Ranges Health, Kyneton District Health and Macedon Ranges Shire Council have chosen this program to improve staff knowledge in Dementia care, and design their own internal quality improvement processes.

With Dementia diagnosis predicted to increase in the region by 440% from 2015 to 2050, initiatives such as this are imperative for health services’ level of understanding of the condition. Dementia presents very complex changes for families, of which need to be understood by health professionals as they navigate delivery of quality Person Centred Care.

Dementia Consultants Libby Wade and Sarah Gallagher from Bendigo Health commenced the training delivery in early April, and will continue as professional mentor supports to the staff involved.

“This has been a fantastic outcome for our region,” said Taryn McKerrow, Cobaw Community Health’s Dementia Project Worker. “We feel like leaders within the Loddon Mallee, achieving this level of cross-collaboration in quality improvement for Dementia. I am also very pleased to have Woodend Lifestyle Carers Group included in the training delivery, who will be able to impart invaluable knowledge and expertise to our participating nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and Regional Aged Care Assessment Officers.”