The Dementia Change Champion Program is a capacity-building program that supports organisations to develop and maintain a skilled workforce to better support the needs of people living with dementia in the community. This capacity-building model has been identified as the most effective way to share innovation and best practice in dementia care with organisations in Western Australia.
Participants enrolled onto the Dementia Change Champion program will have access to nationally accredited training, ongoing mentoring and support, access to Alzheimer’s WA’s extensive resources and networking opportunities.
On completion of the program, Dementia Change Champions will have the knowledge and leadership skills to develop staff within their own organisation in the specialised field of dementia care, using a person-centred approach.
There are three different Dementia Change Champion Programs tailored to the needs of different sectors.
Community Care Staff
The Dementia Change Champion (Community) Program assists community organisations to develop staff in the specialised field of dementia care. Its primary aim is to build capacity within the community care sector to support the needs of people living with dementia with an emphasis on the use of a person-centred philosophy.
Younger Onset Dementia Program
The Dementia Change Champion: Younger Onset Dementia Program is available to organisations funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The program equips participants with knowledge and skills to help them support and enhance dementia approaches in their workplace.
This two day program will support participants to undertake a comprehensive train-the-trainer approach to develop expertise in the care of patients with cognitive impairment. The Dementia Hospital Champion will be provided with education and reflective practice opportunities to enable them to become a resource person in their workplace. Participants will receive ongoing support, mentoring and education to further develop their skills and knowledge.