Partnership brings ground-breaking dementia specific training to WA

<h2>Churches of Christ in Queensland is pleased to announce their partnership with
                                    Community Vision Australia Limited,
                                    and its subsidiary entity Fortis Consulting, to bring innovative dementia education
                                    to Western Australia to assist to build inclusive and compassionate communities.
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<p>The Virtual Dementia Tour™ is an evidenced based education tool to improve
                                    understanding and quality of care of people living with dementia.
                                    It allows people to experience first-hand what it is like to live with dementia by
                                    means of sensory stimulation. </p>
<p>"We are thrilled to partner with Community Vision Australia as two leading
                                    not-for-profit community organisations located on opposite sides of the country,"
                                    Churches of Christ in Queensland Executive Director Services, Bryan Mason said. </p>
<p>"We have a unified vision to further develop the aged care sector and wider
                                    communities' understanding about the prevalence of dementia and the social and
                                    economic impact this illness has on our nation. </p>
<p>"The inescapable fact is that we need to act now to force change," Mr Mason said.</p>
<p> "Dementia will impact most of us throughout our lives in one way or another, and it
                                    is time to bring that conversation to the forefront," Community Vision Australia CEO
                                    Michelle Jenkins said. </p>
<p>"We need to acknowledge the impact dementia has on those living with the disease,
                                    their families and care givers within our community," Ms Jenkins said.</p>
<p>The VDT™ encompasses a 10 minute immersive experience, followed by a
                                    facilitated 30 minute debrief by a qualified certified trainer, which assists to
                                    raise awareness and educate aged care staff
                                    to be more empathetic and compassionate when engaging with and delivering care to
                                    people living with dementia. </p>
<p>It is at the forefront in driving social change and is creating shared value across
                                    the diverse sectors. This education fosters a deeper community
                                    connectedness and is creating safe and supportive environments for families, friends
                                    and communities. </p>
<p>"Churches of Christ in Queensland's collaborative partnership with CVA demonstrates
                                    our unified approach and commitment to raising standards in
                                    dementia care to improve outcomes for people living with a diagnosis, their loved
                                    ones and the wider community," Mr Mason said. </p>
<p>"Together we are challenging industry norms and leading the way to creating social
                                    change," Mr Mason said.</p>
<p>The VDT™ meets an existing and emerging need with an estimated 447,115
                                    Australians currently living with dementia, expected to rise to over 1.07 million by
                                    2058 (Dementia Australia, 2019). Dementia
                                    is the second leading cause of death overall and the leading cause of death among
                                    women in Australia (ABS, 2018). It
                                    is estimated that around 1.5 million Australians are currently involved in the care
                                    of a person living with dementia (Dementia Australia, 2019). </p>
<p>The VDT™, exclusively licenced to CofCQ in Australia, is embedded in more than
                                    20 countries and has impacted more than three million people.</p>
<p>Further Information on the VDT™ can be found at <a href="http://www.virtualdementiatouraustralia.com.au" target="_blank">www.virtualdementiatouraustralia.com.au</a>.
                                    Alternatively contact the VDT™ team at virtualdementiatour@cofcqld.com.au or
                                    phone 1300 970 733.</p>
<p>Posted February 5, 2020 in <a href="/news-events-media/news">News</a></p>
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