Towards improved care for people with dementia
The Brotherhood of St Laurence contributed to two research projects designed to support improved care for older people with dementia and their carers.
These two projects were funded through the NHMRC Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre and led by Professor Simon Biggs of the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood’s Research and Policy Centre.
The first study, commenced in 2014, concerned the role of regulation in dementia care. In partnership with NHMRC, HammondCare, the Brightwater Care Group, Helping Hand Aged Care (SA) and Alzheimer’s Australia, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the Brotherhood investigated how regulation affects the dementia care practices of several service providers, by consulting management, care workers, people with dementia and carers.
The second study examined how various groups perceive and represent dementia. This will assist the development of strategies to improve public understanding of dementia and dementia care.
Simon Biggs and Ashley Carr 2018, ‘Balancing compliance and care in dementia practice’, in Australian Journal of Dementia Care, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 26–30.