Ann's diary

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Better Practice Sydney, July 2013: While we were all catching up with others and enjoying a live band at the end of day one, there was a surprise in store for everyone. The waiter broke into song and a 'flashmob' ensued, with wait staff, maintenance staff and visiting aged care residents all getting involved. By the end most people were on their feet, dancing and singing along. What a thrill!

We managed to capture the event on film and have put it on our new youtube channel. Check it out and pass it around. Let's go viral!

Click here to go to our you tube channel.

 

18 October - A tribute to Centenarians

Another great Better Practice in Perth

Kudos to Laurette LeCras from the Bethanie group and her centenarians whose photo portraits and words of wisdom adorned the hallway walls during the two days. They provided opportunities for reflection, inspiration and focus on what Better Practice is about.

Sound therapist Silke Steuxner from Brightwater The Cove gave us a Better Practice Award winning performance with her Tibetan bowls for calming residents living with dementia.This was overwhelmingly favoured over my call-bell for getting the delegates’ attention.

Arnold Zable and Associate Professor Dawn Bessarab proved a perfect match in helping us understand that storytelling is our license to imagine and pass on meaning. Storytelling and listening are key ingredients for building better relationships with our residents.

Having had four conferences under our belt this year, the Better Practice team is now a truly well-oiled machine. If Perth is anything to go by, our last Better Practice for the year will surely be an event to remember.

Brisbane, here we come!

 

 

14 October - Do you have a story to tell?

Could you be our next Better Practice 'star’?

We are on the lookout for speakers for next year’s Better Practice conferences.

Delegates keep telling us that they want to hear more examples of how others have achieved better practice.

Do you have a story to tell?

You don’t need to be a professional or seasoned speaker – a thorough knowledge of your program and a passion for better practice is all you need to shine.

If you have a better practice story to tell about a service or program that has enhanced the lives of older Australians living in residential aged care – then we want to hear from you.

We have set up a simple and easy submission process on our website and all you have to do is follow the prompts. Please be sure to address all the selection criteria in the submission.

Click here for more information and a list of topics. Don’t be shy!

 

20 September - It's a wrap!

Another Better Practice conference complete!

We had a great presentation on partnerships to combat loneliness by Vanessa Ogborne from St Vincent’s and
Shannon Cronin from UnitingCare Ageing. They emphasised the importance of selecting the right volunteer for
the right person and told us the story of one resident who had been a racing car driver and their volunteer
who was a racing car enthusiast. These sorts of friendships serve so many purposes, for both the resident and
the volunteer.  

We also had an excellent session by Dr Suzanne Aberdeen about information gathering for care and funding.
This information is very valuable but we don’t always understand it and use it for the best possible outcomes.

What’s next? Better Practice Perth! Next month. Stay tuned.

 

6 September - The breakfast club

Here's a note from Heather McKibbin, General Manager, Bupa Bellarine about her presentation.

Last year, I was on the Better Practice program with our Walk Around Australia program. We have heard that homes in Queensland, NSW and Tasmania have taken up this idea. We are still walking. We decided to walk around New Zealand as we have homes there too. We just got a letter from the mayor of Rotarua, welcoming us. Our residents have developed their own Haka.

My Better Practice presentation this year features our Breakfast Club. A number of residents were quite intrigued by the idea that these days, its fashionable to go out for breakfast. So once a month, we put on a special breakfast menu, including champagne and smoked salmon, but with the added advantage that if you want to you can come to our breakfast club wearing your pyjamas.

Better Practice is ‘better value’

Book your place today.

 

4 September - Why Rita keeps coming back to Better Practice Melbourne

I started in aged care three years ago and a colleague introduced me to Better Practice.  I was just amazed by it – so I go every year now - wouldn’t miss it.Rita Stannard, DON, Towerage and Bellview Residential Aged Care

Last year’s program really helped us with an issue that we were facing: we had a gay resident come into our home, and what I learnt at Better Practice really helped me to help my staff support this resident in their move into aged care.  What I learnt at Better Practice made a big difference.

It not only helped the resident with the transition but also the family and friends.

Rita Stannard
Director of Nursing
Towergrange and Bellview Residential Aged Care Services

Better Practice is ‘better value’
 

 

2 September - Restraint, psychotropic medications – there is a better way

Better Practice 2013 is featuring this topic to support people with dementia and challenging behaviour.

We have two presentations about this important issue:Dr Rodney Jilek

Clinical Advisor, Aged Care Complaints Scheme, Department of Health and Ageing, Dr Rodney Jilek, will be talking about the DoHA’s Decision making tool – Promoting a restraint free environment.

Dr Jilek says,“I know that restraint is a complex issue for homes, and I know that delegates have got a lot out of this session. They come up to me afterwards and say that they now understand the breadth of issues around restraint and how to approach it in a much more holistic way.”


Senior Research Fellow, Aged Mental Health Unit, Monash University, Dr Tanya Davison will talk about what the research tells us about the non-pharmacological approaches to support people with dementia and challenging behaviours.Dr Tanya Davison


Dr Davison says, “This is not just about putting on relaxation music and hoping that it will reduce agitation for all residents. You have to tailor approaches to the individual, find activities that are personally meaningful for each person. However once you get it right, residents report better mood and we see improved wellbeing. We have found an individual approach leads to residents requiring less medication and fewer GP cal outs. Staff who use these approaches to care tend to report less stress and burden in caring for residents with challenging behaviour."

Better Practice is ‘better value’
 

 

30 August - Better Practice is 'better value'

Come to Better Practice Melbourne and learn from high profile presenters such as The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Pino Migliorino, Arnold Zable, Dr Tanya Davison and Dr Malcolm Masso. 

The panel discussion on ‘What does a meaningful day look like?’ will be chaired by Diane Robinson, former President of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal. This interactive discussion will challenge us to think about how we would like to live out our days in the last years of our lives – and how ‘a meaningful day’ differs from person to person.

Human rights, CALD staff and residents, non-pharmacological approaches to supporting people with challenging behaviour and dementia, as well as sexuality are the key themes to be covered at Better Practice this year. We provide value for money - year on year.

Keep up with industry trends as we bring this annual two-day conference at The Hilton on the Park Melbourne so you can interact with speakers and debate topics that challenge thinking and provide practical information about better practice ideas.

And at just $630 for two days, Better Practice is ‘better value’.

And early bird and group discounts are still available.

 

27 August - What a line up of speakers!

We have a great two days lined up for you at Melbourne Better Practice 19 and 20 September 2013. As well as our terrific speakers, there are a few sessions that I would really like to point out to you. On Friday our panel facilitated by Diane Robinson, will be discussing the question, What does a meaningful day look like?

As well as our advertised panel members, residents will be coming along and talk to us about their experience in residential aged care, and what makes their day meaningful. This session, which has been part of our 2013 program has been a real highlight. Some of the residents that have attended our panel discussions in Launceston, Adelaide and Sydney have arrived earlier in the day and attended other sessions and have given us some great feedback about our program.

On Thursday at lunchtime, the Gen Silent documentary film is definitely worth looking at. This film tells the story of some GLBTI seniors making choices about their care arrangements. Speaking of stories, later on Thursday Arnold Zable will speak on The healing power of story.

Story telling is very important to all of us. It connects us as human beings, and enhances our relationships. Networking drinks are great as well. Join us and catch up with colleagues to discuss the day, and take in the musical atmosphere.

 

23 August - There are so many great presenters

These are just the 16 concurrent sessions to choose from.
• Dealing with loneliness
• Community spirit
• Staff retention
• Improving clinical care
• Recognising and responding to deteriorating clinical presentations
• Making the most of the cultural diversity residents and staff
• Transition into care
• Improving quality of life
• Promoting dignity at end of life
• Information technology in aged care
• Positive resident experiences
• Person centred approach to dementia
• Sexuality
• Risk Management
• Engaging residents
• Mobility

Keep up with industry trends as we bring this two-day conference to Melbourne, so you can interact with speakers and debate topics that challenge thinking and provide practical information about better practice ideas.

Choosing your concurrent session this year will be an enjoyable and rewarding challenge for you and your colleagues.

 

Come to Better Practice Perth

6 September - What does a meaningful day look like?

On Day 2, the panel discussion on ‘What does a meaningful day look like?’ will be chaired by Diane Robinson, former President of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal.

Joining Diane on the panel are Bernadette Brady, Mission and Staff Development Manager - Catholic Homes Inc, Ann Banks, Chair - Gosnells Community Support Service and Emily Goss, Occupational Therapist - Amaroo Village.

This discussion gets ups thinking about how we would like to live out our days in the last years of our lives – and how ‘a meaningful day’ differs from person to person.

Better Practice is better value.

 

4 September - Hear from The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

Since 1975, when he was first appointed Chair of the Australian Law Reform Commission, we have learned to expect novel, sometimes provocative, occasionally contentious points of view from The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG.The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

He has not slowed down since his retirement from his position as a judge of the High Court of Australia in February 2009 as he was recently appointed Chair, UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry to investigate human rights violations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Increasingly, he has become involved in issues involving aged care and vulnerable, dependent people in residential care. Recently, at the conference on adult guardianship, he gave a stimulating talk on two themes about:
• The need for aged care home to adjust to the special needs of gay, lesbian and transgender residents; and
• The need to respect the privacy rights of those in care, including in respect of their sexual feelings.

As The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG acknowledged, these are subjects that make some people uncomfortable. And they are not always easy for residents, staff and families to resolve. But as the baby boomers grow older and bring their attitudes and values into aged care homes, they will present new demands and new challenges that will shake the industry up as never before. This session will therefore be a moment for expansion of thinking into new and challenging directions. And there are few better placed than The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG to stretch our minds.

This talk will be right up to date, given the announced intention of the Federal Government to amend legislation to remove the exemption from discrimination against GLBT people on the grounds of religious belief. It will consider the interface of anti-discrimination laws and religious conviction, in circumstances involving the expenditure of public funds. This is likely to be a major source of discussion affecting aged care standards in 2013.

Better Practice is better value.

 

4 September - Look out for your brochure

Your brochure will arrive soon so keep an eye out in the post. You can also download your brochure from our website now.

Book your Brisbane place now and do not miss out on this opportunity to attend Better Practice 2013, which promises to once again deliver an array of high calibre speakers who will provide you with a good blend of topics to help you improve quality care for your residents.

Book now and receive an early bird discount for registrations. Discounts are also available for group bookings. And remember attendance at Better Practice attracts 12 RCNA CNE points towards nurse registration.

Better Practice is better value.

 

Better Practice Adelaide: the biggest program for South Australia

7 August - Early bird discounts extended

Early bird registration have been extended until Friday 9 August! Take advantage of group discounts with 5 or more people.

6 August - Gearing up for Adelaide

We are gearing up for a big Adelaide Better Practice next week, still pumped having just completed our Sydney conference with over 440 delegates. We will start with Simon Biggs with a Human Rights perspective, and then Pino Migliorino will talk about CALD, making it work for staff and for residents. Pino will be followed by a concurrent session on managing diversity.

At lunch time on Thursday we will screen Gen Silent. You can grab your lunch and take it in and watch the film. The feedback on this film has been fantastic and there have been a more than a few teary eyes emerging from this session.

Another lunchtime presentation on Thursday is Dr Susan Hunt talking about the Department of Health and Ageing, Decision Making Tool - Supporting a restraint free toolkit.

Arnold Zable renowned Australian author will present on Story Telling on Thursday afternoon, followed by a concurrent session on Friday with presentations from Greg Price, Sharon Dean, Colin McDonnell, Elizabeth MacKinlay and Jane Foulcher on the power of story telling.

There something for everyone on this program, with four concurrent sessions on both days. Make sure that you stay around for networking drinks on Thursday afternoon, you will definitely enjoy it, … I’m not saying more.

We also have a terrific line up for our panel discussion on Friday afternoon.

I’m really looking forward to seeing you at the Adelaide Hilton next week,
Cheers
Ann

 

31 July - Meet Better Practice winners

Seven Better Practice 2012 Award winners are presenting their programs.

  • Cherishing the journey – applying best practice in palliative care from LHI Retirement Services
  • Interactive life stories – An expression of identity from Baptist Community Services
  • Authors at any age from Starrett Lodge, UnitingCare Ageing
  • 'Live every day' - How do we make this happen? from Life Care
  • Connecting with the community through nature from ACH Group
  • Promoting wellbeing for people with dementia: The wellbeing carer initiative from LHI Retirement Services, Hope Valley
  • Building capacity for residents to remain engaged in life through a pastoral care approach from ACH Group

Book your place today before early bird registration closes on Friday! Take advantage of group discounts with 5 or more people.

 

 

30 July - Choosing your concurrent session

Developing cultural competence and knowledge in our culture rich society also benefits staff and residents in our homes. Our concurrent session on diversity offers three speakers who will discuss diversity planning and practice from their extensive experience.

To start with, Chief Executive Officer, Multicultural Aged Care Inc, Rosa Colanero’s presentation will outline developing cultural competency knowledge, skills and strategies to better manage a diverse workforce.

Then Chief Executive Officer, Polaron Language Services, Eva Hussain will offer practical hints and tips on how to enhance communication with CALD residents, and how to hear what isn’t being said.

Lastly Executive Manager of Rumbalara Aged Care and Disability Services, Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative Limited Lena Morris will hear about the Aboriginal programs and services delivered in Shepparton and its surrounding areas.

And that’s only one of the concurrent sessions with expert speakers available on Day 1 at Better Practice Adelaide.

Choosing your concurrent session will be an enjoyable and rewarding challenge for you and your colleagues.

 

19 July - The biggest choice ever

This year you have 15 concurrent sessions to choose from.

• Dealing with loneliness
• A way to empower consumers
• Diversity planning and practice
• Do it yourself – dining experience
• Better addressing clinical care
• Dignity in dying
• Interactive risk management workshop
• The power of storytelling
• People practice performance
• Imagine a better life for older people
• Privacy, sexual identity and aged care
• Better Practice Award winners
• Take a different view of dementia
• Depression

This is the biggest program selection offered in Adelaide so take advantage of this very full program of topics and quality speakers.

Early bird registration discounts close on Friday 2 August 2013 so book your place today.

 

Better Practice Sydney 2013

17 July - Early bird registration ends today

Sydney Better Practice early bird registration ends today.

I hope you can make it next week.

See you there.

12 July - Great care: a rights based approach

Speaking at Better Practice Sydney, the Aged Care Commissioner, Rae Lamb will draw on her Australian experience as well as her previous experience in New Zealand as Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner.

Ms Lamb was appointed as the Aged Care Commissioner in January 2011. She has extensive experience with complaint handling and resolution, investigations, and review in the health and aged care regulatory environment.

As the Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner, Ms Lamb was responsible for investigations in relation to rest homes (aged care homes), nursing, pharmacy and dentistry.

Ms Lamb will be speaking on Day 1 of Better Practice Sydney replacing The Hon. Susan Ryan AO.

10 July - Hear from Better Practice Award winners

Eleven Better Practice Award winners are presenting their programs at Better Practice Sydney.   

Hearing aider program from Goodwin Aged Care Services
Cherishing the journey – applying best practice in palliative care from LHI Retirement Services
Advance care planning at Montefiore home from Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home
Interactive life stories – An expression of identity from Baptist Community Services
Authors at any age from Starrett Lodge, UnitingCare Ageing
Take 5: Think it, talk it, walk it from Anglican Care
Graduate nurse program from Bupa Care Services
Catch ‘em and keep ‘em from Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution
Wellbeing program from Pathways Aged Care Killara Gardens
Bupa backyards from Bupa Care Services
No pain a gain from Hall and Prior

The winners of this year’s Better Practice Awards will be announced at Better Practice Sydney.

Don't forget - early bird registrations close on Friday.

 

8 July - Meet Dr Malcolm Masso in Sydney

If you are coming to Better Practice Sydney, you will get to hear from Dr Malcolm Masso. He's been working in health for over 25 years and has recently spent time working as the National Director of Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC).

Dr Masso has worked as a senior research fellow at the Centre for Health Service Development since 2004 and you will get to hear him discuss the implementation of evidence-based practice in aged care at Better Practice Sydney.

Dr Masso’s research interests include evaluating change within health and aged care, the use of evidence to inform policy decisions and the implementation of evidence-based clinical practice.

Dr Masso holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the London School of Economics, a Master in Nursing Administration from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney. He has recently completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong undertaking research into the implementation of evidence-based practice in residential aged care.

Early bird registration discounts close on Friday 12 July 2013 (this week).

 

20/6 - It's going to be special

The winners of this year’s Better Practice Awards will be announced at Better Practice Sydney. They are being judged by an expert panel this week.

It's always great to see the list of winners and the innovative programs they have put in place – chances are that many of the winners will feature as presenters at next year’s Better Practice conferences.

In fact, if you look at the program for Better Practice Sydney, we have ten presenters who are winners of Better Practice Awards. Programs range from palliative care and storytelling, to staff development and retention and well being programs. What they all have in common is a focus on evidence based practice to ultimately improve the lives of residents.

Looking forward to seeing you next month in Sydney, its going to be special…
 

23/5 - Do you have your brochure yet? 

Come to Better Practice Sydney and learn from high profile presenters such as The Hon. Susan Ryan AO, Pino Migliorino, Arnold Zable, Dr Lee-Fay Low and Dr Malcolm Masso.

The panel discussion on ‘What does a meaningful day look like?’ will be chaired by Diane Robinson, former President of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal. This interactive discussion will challenge us to think about how we would like to live out our days in the last years of our lives – and how ‘a meaningful day’ differs from person to person.

Human rights, CALD staff and residents, non-pharmacological approaches to supporting people with challenging behaviour and dementia, as well as sexuality are the key themes to be covered at Better Practice this year.

There will be something for everyone.

 

12/4 - Launceston, Thank you.

Our Launceston Better Practice conference was very well received and attended. Thank you for making our first Better Practice conference for 2013 such a success.

Our first conference of the year is always a good indication that our program continues to have a good blend of high calibre speakers. We do continue to look for your feedback on how we can improve the program throughout the year.

Gen Silent:

Better Practice delegates who wish to purchase Gen Silent will be happy to know they can purchase a Library Edition at a special promotional price. The production company never do this so we were happy when they created this offer for you. The website address is http://stumaddux.com/GEN_SILENT.html

Contact Tish Gettys (email address, tish@stumaddux.com) and mention the word Launceston. Tish will send you a special promo code to complete your online order.

 

9/4 - Life with Christine BrydenChristine Bryden

At Better Practice last year, Christine Bryden spoke about her experiences living with dementia. She was diagnosed with this condition at age 46 and 20 years later she continues to advocate for improvements in the care provided to people living with dementia.

This program highlights the journey that Christine and her husband Paul have travelled together and the challenges that dementia has brought to both their lives.

We have partnered with Aged Care Channel (ACC) and tomorrow, ACC will broadcast Live-to-air a co-produced program about living with dementia named, “Christine Bryden, a conversation about Dementia”.

Click here to find out more about this special program event.

 

Book your place Better Practice Launceston today

15/3 - Launceston is going really well

Thursday update:
Yesterday we had a fantastic day, starting with the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG, in the morning talking about human rights, his experience coming out as a gay man, and the implications for supporting older people with diverse sexual identity in residential aged care.

Delegates were really positive, though a few expressed a concerning theme, being, that it is more likely to be younger staff in residential aged care who have negative views about gay residents. While this may reflect their prejudice towards older people as sexual beings, it is something that educators will need to consider when delivering education on this subject.

We finished the day with a well received presentation by renowned author Arnold Zable on 'story telling, its value in bringing people alive and how to ask the right questions'.

Friday update:
Today we heard from Professor Wendy Moyle and Professor Malcolm Masso about how important team work is in providing effective care.

Wendy talked about the evidence-based non-pharmacological strategies to support residents with challenging behaviour. She also talked about how music and touch can support residents with agitation and aggression. When it comes to touch, a ten-minute foot massage is effective, while hand massage can sometimes increase anxiety or distress. For those residents with anxiety or apathy, individualised meaningful recreation activities are effective.

Malcolm highlighted the importance of conversation - formal and informal - as a means of getting staff to work together to achieve better outcomes for residents. Residential aged care is a complex environment and introducing change can be tricky. Understanding human behaviour and what makes us receptive to change is critical.

Professor Malcolm Masso will be joining us for all of our Better Practice conferences in 2013 so register for one of our conferences and the Better Practice team and I look forward to seeing you this year.
 

 

11/3 - If it's Thursday, we're in Launceston

The planning we do for Better Practice conferences each year takes over 6 months and I'm so pleased we'll be launching this year's Better Practice conference in Launceston - on Thursday.

There are still places available and group discounts still apply.

The team and I look forward to meeting you all and getting your feedback on our new conference speakers.

See you on Thursday.

 

1/3 - Better Practice Launceston is almost here

You can start counting the sleeps before Better Practice Launceston.

Launceston speakers

Early bird discount bookings can still be made and don't forget about group booking discounts.

Don't miss out.

 

22/2 - Meet Professor Malcolm Masso

Professor Malcolm Masso

Professor Malcolm Masso has working in health for over 25 years and has recently spent time working as the National Director of Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC).

He has worked as a senior research fellow at the Centre for Health Service Development since 2004 and you will get to hear Professor Masso discuss the implementation of evidence-based practice in aged care at Better Practice Launceston. His research interests include evaluating change within health and aged care, the use of evidence to inform policy decisions and the implementation of evidence-based clinical practice.

Use the early bird and group discounts and book your place at Better Practice Launceston before time runs out.

20/2 - Gen Silent

Gen Silent showing at Better Practice 2013

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender older people who fought the first battles for equality now face so much fear of discrimination, bullying and abuse that many are hiding their lives to survive.

Human rights, and sexuality are two of this year’s key themes at Better Practice. We’ve made special arrangements for you to be able to watch Gen Silent* at Better Practice Launceston at lunchtime on Day 1.

Gen Silent looks at the experiences of elderly gay, and transgender people and their partners on entering residential aged care. It does this sensitively by looking at their personal stories and shared histories and how that informs their needs in aged care. This includes their needs that they share in common with everyone and their needs that are specific to the life that they have led.

Remember to take advantage of early bird and group discounts and book your place at Better Practice Launceston today.

 

13/2 - Meet Pino Migliorino

Pino Migliorino speaking at Better Practice Launceston

Pino Migliorino is a leading commentator in the area of aged care in culturally and linguistically diverse communities. He will discuss the explicit need of all aged care service providers to develop both an interest and competency in providing culturally relevant aged care.

He says “This cultural capacity is no longer just a nice thing to have, with the current ageing population demographics, it is an essential aspect of an aged care system that has the empathy, skills and resources to meet a growing diversity of needs”.

Professionally Mr Migliorino leads Cultural Perspectives and CIRCA Research and is a recognised expert in researching and communicating with diverse cultural and linguistic audiences. 

Mr Migliorino is also the Chairperson of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia bringing over 30 years involvement with and expertise in immigration and multicultural affairs.

Remember to take advantage of early bird and group discounts and book your place at Better Practice Launceston today.

5/2 - Innovative digital storytelling

Arnold Zable: “If you look in the eye and tell you my story, you’ll see who I really am.”

Interactive Life Stories is a project based on human interaction – listening and connecting – at BCS Maranoa Centre, Alstonville NSW. Residential Manager Greg Price and Project Officer – Interactive Stories, Sharon Dean will be presenting at Better Practice Launceston on day two as part of the Staying connected concurrent sessions.

This project empowers residents to share their life stories with staff, families and each other – and this sharing extends to the wider community.

State Manager Queensland, Ken Jones attended the trophy award ceremony said, “The thing that stood out for me was the energy and engagement of residents and staff members in preparing the video/movie and the enthusiasm of staff and other members of the broader community to embrace and admire the knowledge and achievements of the residents’ life journey.”

I'm looking forward to seeing and hearing how residents and their families became actively engaged with activities that led to the digital production of a variety of media including movies, posters and books. I hope you are too.

Remember to book your place at Better Practice Launceston today.

 

31/1 - Who's speaking at Launceston this year?

Better Practice 2013 again delivers an array of high calibre speakers who will provide you with a good blend of topics to help you improve quality care for your residents. I'm really pleased with the program we'll be bringing you this year.

Join the Better Practice team and myself with over 100 of your peers and learn from high profile presenters such as The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG (see my earlier post), Pino Migliorino, Arnold Zable, Professor Wendy Moyle and Professor Malcolm Masso.

Human rights, CALD staff and residents, non-pharmacological approaches to supporting people with challenging behaviour and dementia, as well as sexuality are the key themes to be covered at Better Practice this year.

I'll be telling you more about these special speakers over the coming weeks and I look forward to your joining us again in Launceston.

Remember to book your place at Better Practice Launceston today.

 
30/1 - Meet The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

Since 1975, when he was first appointed Chair of the Australian Law Reform Commission, we have learned to expect novel, sometimes provocative, occasionally contentious points of view from The Hon, Michael Kirby AC CMG. He has not slowed down since his retirement from his position as a judge of the High Court of Australia in February 2009.

Increasingly, he has become involved in issues involving aged care and vulnerable, dependent people in residential care. Recently, at the conference on adult guardianship in Melbourne, he gave a stimulating talk on two themes that he will develop in his address on 16 November 2012:
• The need for aged care home to adjust to the special needs of gay, lesbian and transgender residents; and
• The need to respect the privacy rights of those in care, including in respect of their sexual feelings.
As The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG acknowledged in Melbourne recently, these are subjects that make some people uncomfortable. And they are not always easy for residents, staff and families to resolve. But as the baby boomers grow older and bring their attitudes and values into aged care homes, they will present new demands and new challenges that will shake the industry up as never before. This session will therefore be a moment for expansion of thinking into new and challenging directions. And there are few better placed than the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG to stretch our minds.

This talk will be right up to date, given the announced intention of the Federal Government to amend legislation to remove the exemption from discrimination against GLBT people on the grounds of religious belief. It will consider the interface of anti-discrimination laws and religious conviction, in circumstances involving the expenditure of public funds. This is likely to be a major source of discussion affecting aged care standards in 2013.

Click here to book your place at Better Practice Launceston.

 

21/12 - Launceston brochure available online

Before Christmas comes, you can download the Launceston brochure here.

 

17/12 - Gearing up for Launceston

There's lots of excitement building for the launch of Better Practice 2013 and the program and brochure are being prepared for printing. You can book your place today if you can't wait for the brochure to come out.

The Better Practice team and I have really enjoyed bringing Better Practice 2012 to you and we wish you, your families and all those people you care for, all the best for the holidays.

Our Christmas Advent collection from Saxony, Germany

This photo shows our Christmas Advent collection from Saxony, Germany.

30/11 - 2012 wrap up

While our 2012 program has wrapped up for the year, there was a lot you saw, heard and participated in as Better Practice 2012 delegates and I'm really thrilled you took part this year.

We had a bumper year with 1,380 delegates, providing over 197 speakers and the Sydney conference had the largest delegate numbers again this year.

You would have seen and heard from:

  • Christine Bryden, author of Who will I be when I die and Dancing with Dementia inspired delegates with her own story of living with dementia and her observations about what dementia secure environments feel like to her and how they could be improved.
  • Reverend Professor John Swinton from University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom presented at the conferences via Skype to discuss Rethinking what it is to age well.
  • Diane Robinson, former President of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal, chaired some very lively hypothetical panel discussions about A resident with no family, what should a home be thinking about? We are still get feedback from delegates asking us about what Roy and Kate are up to now. Maybe they need their own blog!
  • Well known celebrities including The Honourable Michael Kirby AC CMG, Colette Mann, Robina Beard OAM, Glen ‘Jako’ Jakovich and Anne ‘Willsy’ Wills. discussed ‘what they would like from an aged care home’ to end each conference.

Better Practice 2012 showcased resident’s artwork from the Northern Territory at the Adelaide conference and also art works and crafts from a range of New South Wales homes during the Sydney conference.

 

Residents from Bupa Merrimac taught us that old age and dementia is no barrier to a great onstage demonstration of Zumba during the Gold Coast conference.

Zumba Image1

A group of us took part in yoga on the beach at the Gold Coast conference at 7am, reinforcing the message that we need to look after own physical and mental health, to better equip us to care for others.

As the end of 2012 nears, I'll continue to give you details of the speakers and topics we have planned for 2013 so stay in touch.