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St Mary’s Villa Residential Aged Care staff have undertaken a
valuable qualification through TAFE NSW to develop skills in
supporting people with dementia.
The Statement of Attainment for Dementia Support qualification has
been offered to 20 St Mary’s Villa Residential Aged Care staff.
Once completed, the staff are certified with specialised knowledge so
they can make a difference to the lives of people living with dementia.
St Mary’s Villa Residential Aged Care Educator Christine Smith said
this is a fantastic opportunity for staff to broaden their skillset.
“The TAFE NSW qualification equips staff with greater capability to
understand dementia, risks and types and methods of early detection,”
“The goal of staff undertaking this course is to promote early
foundation skills which promotes thinking about dementia to support
change. One of the key modules is on empathy. It’s about the ability
to stand in the world of somebody living with dementia and
experiencing it through their eyes.”
As Australia’s largest training provider, TAFE NSW has delivered this
training to St Mary’s Villa Residential Aged Care staff using their
expert industry trainers in a way that fits their business operations.
The theory training has been delivered at St Mary’s Villa Residential
Aged Care facility in Concord.
TAFE NSW Ageing and Disability Team Leader Catherine Richardson said
she was thrilled to be working with St Mary’s Villa Residential Aged
Care to deliver this specialised dementia training.
“As part of the training, staff develop strategies to address needs,
provide support to people living with dementia and facilitate
responsible behavior. With more than 50% of those in residential care
diagnosed with dementia and even more remaining undiagnosed, this
essential training will provide the appropriate dementia training to
those staff working in an Aged Care facility,” Ms Richardson said.
For further information visit www.tafensw.edu.au
Media contact: Laura Kelly, Media and Communications Business
or 0411 777 676.